Today we headed back to the village early. When we were having breakfast a mama brought her sweet baby to us, asking for help. Little Emma was 1 year old, and had severe birth defects…but he was the sweetest baby scooting around the mat to greet each of us. The mama was doing the best she could to take care of him, but she also had five other children at home. We made some phone calls to friends who run another ministry that focus on special needs, they gave us some suggestions on where she could go to get help. We gave the mama some money for transport and said our good byes as she headed to Bugembe to get some assistance.
After breakfast we headed back out to do more home visits, walking up and down the hills for miles and miles. Meeting with mamas, dads and jjajjas, hearing their stories, and seeing their homes. We got to visit St. Ursula school for special needs where one of our girls, Justine, who is one of Carrie’s sponsored children go. It was great for Carrie to get to see where her daughter attends school, meet some of her teachers and sit with her while she had lunch. Schools in Uganda can be pretty bad, especially when it comes to caring for special needs, but I was so impressed with this school. Sister Alice, the head mistress, met with us and showed us around the school. You could see how happy the kids were and how much the teachers and staff cared for them.
The playground build was supposed to start today, but we’ve run into some problems, but hopefully they will be worked out quickly. But we did break ground and the guys got the holes dug for the posts. Hopefully tomorrow will be a more productive day at the playground!
After a long day we headed back to the guesthouse where we are staying…but then we hopped bodas and went to the Keep for some milkshakes!! A definite treat!