Day 16 – 12 July 2014
Today we traveled back to Musima to spend the day in the village. We first went to our friend Kilya’s house to have lunch with him and his family. I love this family so much, Kilya’s wife Prossy and their three children Daniel, Priscila and Elijah they are all very special to me. After lunch we headed back to the center of the village.
Let me tell you, we joke and say “there ain’t no party like a village dance party” so of course it started off with dancing and singing. Then it was time to meet again with Patrick and Margret to discuss the new school and to share with them the 4 children who had gotten sponsors since we had been there. I was really excited to share that part with them. Then it was time to play some games, the children and the women played a game of fill the bottle. It was so much fun watching them run get a mouthful of water and then race back to the other side to fill a glass bottle.
After the games, the women dressed us in gomesi dresses, which are a traditional type of dress. Now it was our turn to give back to the village, and to serve them. They had us bathe some of the children, by giving them basin baths and then we got to serve lunch to all the children in the village. It made me so happy to give back to them.
When we all gathered back in the center we presented Bulage Olivia’s family with the items we had purchased for them from Olivia’s sponsor. Olivia’s mom was so happy and touched that she could hardly find the words to say thank you, and Olivia’s smile said it all.
Then it was time for lots of hugs, lots of photos and “see you laters” One last hug for my brother Pande, as he looked at me telling me how happy he was that we were his sponsor and that now he is part of our family. Getting into the car to leave was so hard. When I said good bye to my sweet Elvis, he started to cry and that is when I lost it. I cried all the way back to Jinja, missing my friends, my Elvis, my brother Pande and all the people I love so much in Musima, knowing it would be a year before I would be back.
Even though they are “see you laters” because I know I will be back, it never get easy, I truly leave my heart in Musima.
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