Day 9 – 5 July 2014
Update: Our last two bags came in so now we have all our bags!
Today we traveled to the home of our program coordinator, Margret, to meet her family and share a meal. Ms. Margret has seven children of her own Opio Moses (22), Apolot Maureen (20), Ademere Martha (18), Akwii Beatrice (16), Olpalamu Martin (14), Adoa Sam (9) and Akello Grace (6) she is also raising six other children who have either lost their mom or dad, or both, or for another reason they can not take care of their own children. They are Ademere Florence, Onepur Surce Peter, Akello Grace (yes, there are 2 with the same name), Okoche Egirifasio, Amongin Priscila and Emuruon Sam.
Margret and her husband Martin are both very hard working people, and struggle but do their best in raising 13 children. Martin is a boda boda driver (boda bodes are motorcycle taxis that we use here in Uganda) and Margret works for Project Yesu and also takes on many side jobs in tailoring and bead making to help support her family.
We sat and talked with her children, Marueen is in university now and when she finishes she wants to work in social services and focus on orphan/vulnerable children and women…she’s my kind of girl. Grace, the youngest, wants to learn how to swim and Sam the youngest boy is so super smart. We are paying Grace and Sam’s school fees to help Martin and Margret so she showed us their school papers and report cards.
When it came time to lunch, Margret’s girls prepared a special lunch for us, with chips (potatoes) and chapatti filled with chicken. It made me smile because the was the same meal she had seen me eat when we took her to lunch the other day…she and her family ate a traditional meal. It was so sweet that she took the time to notice what I ate, and made the same.
Margret and Martin are wonderful, hardworking parents trying to give their 13 children the best life they can.
After we left Margret’s home we met up with Mama Viola and Zeke. Mama Viola works at Ekisa ministries and we have known her and Zeke since we started visiting Ekisa 2 years ago. Viola is one of the physical therapists there. Back in March, Mama Viola adopted Zeke and now he has a forever home. Zeke is very special to me, and I am so glad that he has such a great mama and a home, and I love getting to spend some time with them and seeing how much they love each other.