I love waking up in the village…the sun is barely up and I can hear familiar sounds. The roosters crowing, the women up cooking, the kids cleaning the compound…the sounds of the village waking up.
After having breakfast, we waked down to the playground to see the progress…Richard, my dad, John and the men and children were already hard at work. It makes my heart so happy to see everyone working together to make my dream come true and to give my kids their playground!
Then we headed back out to finish up our home visits, even though we have walked for miles and miles across the whole village, I love doing home visits. its important to me that I see my kids families and their homes, I owe that to their sponsors.
Once were done with home visits, we gathered everyone and gave out the dresses to all the girls and short sets to all the boys. But I noticed that one of my girls, Sumayia, who ALWAYS smiles was looking so sad. We found out that she is the best net ball (basketball) player in her school and they have a big tournament tomorrow, so they wanted her to come back to school. John is her sponsor and she didn’t want to leave him. It broke my heart to see her cry and hug her sponsor dad, and I could see how much it was hurting John too. I am so glad that they got to spend time together, and get to know each other.
As the sun began to set, John, Dad, Carrie and Rosie headed back into town for the night. Mom and I stayed another night in the village. I was so happy to get more time with the kids. We had a bubble dance party with my boys Elvis and Kalvin, and Patrick’s twin daughters Kauda and Babirye. But the best part of the night was staying up talking with my big brother David and Pande.