Today we drove to Jinja. Phoebe and I are sitting in the dining room of the Nile Hotel waiting for dinner. The red wine has gone to vinegar so I’m having my first Nile beer of this year’s trip. Phoebe is drinking tea as she feels cold. I’m in a tee shirt thinking about the snow that I hear is falling back in New York.
We met our old friends Moses, Tabitha, Rose, and Elizabeth at the Bosoga Junior School this afternoon. It’s always so sweet to see people here who we’ve formed such strong connections with.
We spent the next few hours doing some of the work that we had scheduled. I saw my little friend Kaddu who is deaf and has spina bifida. I have been seeing him for 3 years now and he always greets me with the biggest smile. We had so much fun today. His sponsor mother, my dear friend Helen from back home, had sent Kaddu flying whirligigs that light up and are sent airborne by a sling shot. Once Kaddu got the hang of it he cracked up and wanted to do it again and again. I also gave him some diaper covers that Helen had made. She and her husband Don are making him a tray to slide over his wheelchair so that he will have a writing surface. I measured the chair and took pictures to bring back to them.
Phoebe and I spent some time helping Tabitha with some MoonCatcher sewing and we will return Saturday to do more of this. Tabitha runs one of Uganda sewing Guilds and we were happy to meet with her and see how it is doing. She supplies our MoonCatcher kits to five schools in the area and teaches our curriculum as well.
We delivered birthing kits to Elizabeth, the midwife here, along with some stickers to give to children who also come to her for medical help.
What a delight to see the changes at Bosoga School. The children were happy to see us and, like all the other kids we’ve met, wanted their pictures taken. We were happy to oblige.