Another difficult time in Uganda. Hoping my friends stay safe. ❤️
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Dear Friends, As I’m sure you guessed, the photo of me drumming in a previous post was taken in Uganda. It was this time last year, 2020, when, shortly after seeing in the New Year on the banks of the River Nile, I travelled inland and spent the remainder of my month-long stay delivering the mosquito nets that many of you had made donations towards. I know that between us we have saved so much suffering and many deaths from giving this simple gift. Along with delivering many packs of reusable sanitary pads, we made life just a little better for those who have no way of providing these items for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, because of Covid, I won’t be going to Uganda as I usually do in February, and it could be the end of the year or even early 2022 before we see the end of the pandemic and I am able to venture over there again, but the people in Uganda are never far from my mind. Thank you again for sticking with me year after year. I couldn’t do what I do without your love and support. Thank you to those of you who donated to my projects over Christmas 🤗🤗
Happy New Year to you and your family. We are now in our third national lockdown and I’m hoping that it will be ‘third time lucky’ for us! I hope that you and your family will not find the forced ‘isolation’ too difficult and that you keep safe to welcome in the spring. The good news from my garden this week is that the snowdrops are just showing their snowy heads! Love to you all. 🤗
Alex was ‘adopted’ by my friend and Project Manager Innocent two years ago. Alex’s father abandoned his family due to his mental health issues and his mother didn’t have the money to feed her family and pay school fees for her children. Innocent, who appreciates all the help he has had from my friends and family over the years, felt he wanted to ‘give something back’ by helping young Alex and welcoming him into his family which he has done wholeheartedly even though life is a continual struggle for him.
Alex has been a great help to Innocent and his wife Betty since he arrived, doing jobs around the home compound, collecting water from the borehole, looking after the pigs, digging in the ‘garden’, and being big brother to young Norman while there has been no school. Actually he had only just started at secondary school when Covid struck! Alex struggled with all subjects because he didn’t understand English so we got Innocent to hire a teacher to give him lessons in preparation for his return to school as soon as schools open so we hope he will find learning easier now. At the moment Alex says he wants to be a car mechanic and he’s been gaining experience at the local car repair shop. Innocent says he is enjoying his work experience a lot but has reminded him that he must go back to school and pass his exams if he wants to go to college which is his aim. Hopefully schools will open in February. Through me telling Alex’s story, I am pleased to say that another wonderful donor came forward to help us help him with his education. I’m so grateful. x