Day 7 – 3 July 2014
Update: Another bag came in…now we are only missing 2 bags! Progress!
Today we headed to central market to look for some clothes for Callen. If you don’t like hot, crowded craziness..then central market is not for you. There are narrow pathways lined with vendors selling everything from clothes, to food, hardware or meat. You dig through piles of 2nd hand clothes looking for what you want. For me, I see the children, the baby sitting on top of a pile of clothes in a wood box, or another baby peeking out at me from behind the stall. The group of boys yelling “mzungu” and being so shy when I reply “wange” and go sit with them and play for a few minutes. I love being in the market.
Then we went and had lunch at a traditional restaurant and had irish, rice, beans, cabbage, greens and meat…so good!!!
After lunch we hopped bodas and headed to Serving His Children, an amazing ministry that is run by our friend Renee. SHC is a malnutrition clinic, today she had over 30 babies in the clinic that were severely malnourished. What I love about Renee’s program is that the babies come to the clinic with a caregiver, either their mama or a jjajja or an auntie, and while they are feeding the babies and getting them healthy and strong the caregiver goes takes classes and learns about proper nutrition and learn how to take better care of their baby. I love watching the mamas sitting in the yard with their babies, or doing bible study with the pastor. I got to hold 3 month old baby twins, their names are Judith and Matilda, their mama died giving birth to them, and their dad has not been able to take care of them. Their jjajja who is 70 years old is taking care of them and 8 of their siblings, she is 70 years old and she is raising 10 children from 3 months old to maybe 8 or 9 years old. They were so tiny, I have never held a baby that little before.
I really like sitting and talking with Renee, she is always so great to share with us and help us learn about things here, and running a ministry. She came to Uganda when she was so young and started SHC herself. She is a big inspiration to me. I am so blessed to have her in my life.
Then we went and had dinner with some of our friends who work at Ekisa, they are amazing ladies, who are so strong in their faith, so passionate about Uganda and the kids of Ekisa. I am so lucky to have friends that are already here working and serving to help me, guide me and I learn so much from them.