My Family in Uganda


 

 

 

 

 

 

The youngest English footy supporter in Uganda! Meet six month old Norman Reginald, son of Innocent and Betty, grandson of Judith. Norman was a constant companion while in Uganda. He is named after my wonderful hubby Norman who I will hopefully be seeing in a couple of hours.

Mama Betty

Helping Dad clean the pigs!

Hard work for a little one!

Favourite place in the hot dry weather

Mama goes to the borehole for water

So I get the easy job!

Sharing Daddy’s breakfast

Norman’s best pals, neighbours Guster and Gifty

Going out with Mama

Lovely family!

Norman’s car jointly designed by Dada Gerry and Daddy! Dada Gerry’s drinking water boxes come in useful!

My favourite!

Two wonderful men!

Man talk!

 

 

Tuesday/Wednesday

The last sponsored nets were collected by head teacher Charles on Tuesday night. Now every child at Brain Trust will be protected from being bitten by the Malarian mosquito!


 

 

 

 

 

 

Another power cut provided me with my last supper in Nawanyago cooked, served and eaten by candlelight! Then yesterday morning I was up and out as dawn was breaking, something I had only seen previously through my mosquito net and the window bars! It was time to say goodbye to my wonderful family in Nawanyago who have been caring for me so well. I will miss them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our way through Jinja we called in on another family member Bosco at his work place. He showed us around the hospital and pointed out where he had been busy doing basic dentistry! Thanks to Doc Lisa-Marie and other colleagues he now has the correct tools!

Nurse Bosco who enjoys dentistry and has already treated three patients using donated tools from dentists in Poynton!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well that’s it folks, I’m at Banana Village about 30 minutes from Entebbe airport. I’ve made the most of having time to spare by visiting friends and pretending to be a tourist! Innocent has kept me company today which has been good, giving him a break. My flight is one minute to midnight. See you soon! X


Sun goes down at Banana Village

Almost home

Very early Thursday morning! Arrived in Brussels just waiting for connecting flight home. Thank you Patrick Manday Sseruwagi for my farewell lunch. I’m almost home but still coughing with the results of the Uganda dust! Good luck with your amazing project for those who were not able to receive an education when they younger. Also my enormous gratitude to Innocent for seeing me all the way to Entebbe airport then having to travel overnight many hours back to the village. I hope you are now home once again with your family in Nawanyago. I’ve had a good flight but still coughing with the results of the Uganda dust! See you next year.

Amazing tailoring being taught so these women can acquire skill to help them become independent

Amazing Grace and Shalom

Tuesday

Tuesday: I was going to stay home today, finish packing and relax with the family who I will miss so much when I start my journey to the UK very early tomorrow morning. But expect the unexpected in Uganda! A boda turned up at the front door asking for Madam Gerry and an invitation to go down to Athens school. I half expected something was going on when Alex grinned at me as he left for school.

So off I went having asked for a second boda for Judith.

It was very quiet when we arrived and only Charles was in his office. He said the children want to say farewell to you.

He insisted on carrying my bag and water and led me down to the open hall. As soon as I approached the whole school rose as one chanting their welcome.

The Uganda and Basoga anthems were sung and one of the teachers invited me to sing our National Anthem. I declined by saying maybe later!

Speeches followed, thanking me and you for the support we have given the school. The head teacher Charles particularly emphasised about the mosquito nets saying sickness amongst the children had been reduced considerably.

The recent repair of the roof by Poynton Rotary was highlighted too as already the children had benefited in the rainy season.

The chairman of the management committee also spoke and presented me with a live cock to ‘bring back to father Norman for allowing me to come to Uganda’! I didn’t like to tell them that he doesn’t have much choice! Love you Norman!!

The children entertained with songs and the head boy made a brief speech.

The live cock had been under my seat when suddenly it made a run for freedom even though it’s legs were tied! Alex who had been seated with his classmates leaped over the desk and gave chase. Guess what we had for supper!

A big surprise was when Alex again stood up and came to stand in front of me. He produced a piece of paper and read put his thanks too. Alex lives with Innocent as his mother couldn’t look after him when the father left. He speaks very little English so Innocent and I have been helping him. It took a lot of courage to do what he did.

By this time a lot of the tiny tots had fallen asleep or were playing about. I was asked to say a few words and suddenly they woke up! Not sure they could understand a word I was saying but when I ended by getting them all to sing The Jambo Song they were wide awake.

I thought that was it when Charles stood up with a big grin on his face and what looked like another framed picture of the Basoga king or a certificate of appreciation, I have a collection at home! He asked me to guess but I said I couldn’t think what it could be! I just didn’t want to offend!

Well I was very wrong anyway. I will leave the photo to tell the story. I was overwhelmed!

The teacher then invited me again to sing our National Anthem, so I did!

Children also brought in donations of oranges, avocado and even an egg.

Leaving my husbands cock (tee hee!) was hung from the handlebars of the boda!

Monday morning: sat in Gerry’s Plaza watching Innocent wash the pickup…

Monday morning: sat in Gerry’s Plaza watching Innocent wash the pickup-i don’t think it’s ever had such loving attention! I’m waiting for someone to collect it.

So I got back last night to Nawanyago which brought immediate relief to the exhaustion I was feeling mainly from the terrible dry heat of Kasozi where I had been delivering mosquito nets for two days, and the constant fear that any minute the vehicle will pack up!

I was welcomed not only by Mum Judith, Betty and little Norman but also with a wonderful thunderstorm and downpour that I enjoyed standing in!

I have to admit to finding this weekend it just a little too much for me, mentally and physically and know I must find a more practical and less stressful way to get help to these people. It’s always been my choice to go to each home, no one asked me, but the area this time was so so hot and remote, and the need even greater. I can’t even describe the poverty of these people, you have to see it to believe it.

Paul had done an amazing job surveying the area and deciding who need the nets the most, by judging their living conditions and family situation but to be honest everyone could be on that list of priority that I had asked Paul to use! It was so difficult when others practically begged for one of the nets as we were getting out at each home that was registered. I’m usually the one that can’t say no but this time it was Paul who weaken a couple of times and I had to remind him of his list and only having a certain number of nets. So difficult!

Those who did receive a net are so so grateful to you. All fell on their knees in appreciation of your gift. One lady was absent from home so we took her net back to Paul’s home. Very late that evening she turned up to collect it having walked for maybe two hours. That shows what receiving a net means! She told Paul she has to spend all day everyday guarding her rice fields chasing off the birds that would surely eat here newly planted seeds. The people know that having a net could save a lot of misery and even a life.

Thank you for the amazing support you have given which is what keeps me able to do this work and encourages me especially when I’m finding things difficult as I have done several times during this visit.

I owe my lovely family at home in Poynton so much gratitude as I know they find my time away in Uganda difficult to understand and I know they worry.

I’m also so grateful to my family here that look after me so well.

I’m resting up now for a couple of days, just a few things to do in school and then just enjoy being here with my family and the animals!

I hope you have received your photo but if not I will sort the remainder as soon as I can.

Paul is delivering the remainder of the nets by himself and I am sure he will report back as he does. I hope you have enjoyed the photos of the people who received your gift, though I still have some to send. I’m sure you realise that I cannot take photos of every net you sponsored but I can assure you that if you donated one or a hundred and one each and every one is delivered.

Jambo from Uganda 🇺🇬