Sunday is our day of rest. We moved into our newly built house late last night, moving in the dark was quite exciting and a bit mad, but it was really nice to wake up here this morning and feel like we have a home. Our house has big doors which open wide and lead down to the lake. Front and back we have space to play swingball, badminton, baseball, or sit around and read, draw, chat or play cards. Some of us carried on organising the donations, making decisions on what was going to be given to who. The boys were sent away to play sport while the girls laid out a huge table of bras in size order for the Ugandan girls to come and choose. They came over in small groups and our girls did a great job of helping them choose ones that would fit them well. The Bunjakan girls were so grateful, and just thrilled to each take 2 or 3 bras away with them, they kept thanking our girls and hugging them, it was quite a special afternoon.
The boys laid out some sports kit, boys clothes and shoes, and some little individual hygiene packs which had soap, toothpaste etc, then the Ugandan boys all came over and chose a hygiene pack and an item or 2 of clothing each. We gave the school matron some beds sheets and pillowcases and she was really pleased to have them too, so overall a pretty satisfying afternoon matching donations to the right people. Thankyou again to everyone who donated so generously. Today was only the beginning, but already we have made so much difference.
Right now it is dark, the lake moths are out, night time volleyball has been declared a failure, everyone is well fed and they are either chilling out in the dorms or watching a film on the projector screen we have rigged up with a bed sheet in our lovely big central space. Tomorrow we begin building, digging, labouring and working for real.
Things we have learnt in our first week in Uganda:
Phoebe:The waves on Lake Victoria are how the lake cleans itself. Nothing in Uganda is on time
Ellie: The snail poo in the lake makes you crazy. If you fail at volleyball the Ugandans shout ‘Customa’
Erin: There are giant snakes in the lake. Don’t kill cockroaches, they multiply.
Abbie: Teaching the students how to play dice games is fun
Neya: I have learnt how to say ‘How are you? I am fine’ in Ugandan. ‘Oliotia? Jandi’
LilyBeth: Age is just a number
Robin: Flushing toilets don’t flush in Uganda
Flynn: There’s a whole set of finger gestures that the Ugandans use, most are friendly, some aren’t.
Cameron: I’ve learnt some Ugandan phrases and numbers. Omoseo means snake.
Katelyn: It’s eye opening to see how little the kids have out here. In England we are very lucky.
Tom S: I’ve learnt how to play volleyball like a Ugandan
Holly: I have learnt minor first aid. I cleaned and patched up a little girl who fell over while we were playing. I also held a Ugandan baby.
Maddie: The Ugandan students are very kind and always want to join in.
Rosie: Ugandan essentials are very differnt to English essentials. It is very cheap to buy some things and very expensive to buy other things. Lots of the Ugandans have English names, but others have very African names that are hard to pronounce. I have learnt how to play lots of new card games.
Ellie ande Rosie: We are all a big family here, we have had to learn to put our differences aside.
Henry: Uganda is much greener than I expected.
Ellis: Ugandans love their football and volleyball. They are pretty good but we are better! They can’t pronounce my name, they call me Alex.
Tom N: You can always rely on a wet wipe!
Olly: All the girls want to touch my hair, but their teacher has said they’re not allowed.
Blaise: The Ugandan people are so happy yet they have so little.
Perry: I quickly learnt how privileged we are after seeing the conditions the children go to school in.
Ben: Don’t be pressured into buying something you don’t want, be prepared to walk away.
Harvey: Giving the little St Judes kids piggybacks was fun.
Josh S: The answer to everything is ‘we’re in Africa’.
Joss: Everything here in Uganda is better…the fruit, the girls, people’s attitude, but not the mosquitos or lake flies.
Trey: Mangoes in England are trash.
Orlando: Ugandan boys are all good lads, they’re funny and athletic.
Zack: Being here teaches you what you value. We have so much but it can make us miserable. Money doesn’t equal happiness.
Lottie: I’ve made friends with Laura and Laila, they have been teaching me how to dance.
Charles; Don’t drink mud water and don’t eat the paint.
Jack:They eat a lot of rice and potatos here. Building supplies like bricks are all made on site, everything is quite crude but they are very resourceful.
Nellie: People here are really loving and caring. I’ve made lots of good friends.
Jess D: We are 87.6 percent chimp, they are our closest relatives. They compete with each other for food in an aggressive way. We sometimes behave like chimps when we are hungry.
Maya: I prefer the Ugandan kids to my own siblings.
Jess K: Painting murals in the classroom was fun, we painted a map of the world.