I am trying a different way of sending news about St James.
I used the video of my digital camera for the first time this visit and have been putting the footage on You Tube. The results are not perfect but I hope they give you a good idea of my experiences in Uganda. Please let me know what you think.
Click here to see the Slide show – There are no medical or dental facilities in the area of St james so it is wonderful when we can get one of the Dental Outreach groups to call and offer free treatment.
1 Alex arranged for a Dental Outreach Charity to come to St James and Nakakabala offering free dental treatment as there are no medical or dental facilities for miles around. This was the third time they had come to St James and I was glad I was here to witness it. Alex and two of his younger brothers were involved, Mike with interpreting and Ivan helping with the cleaning and sterilising of equipment. Everyone was given a number and James was No 3, he had to have a tooth out!
2 Using a giant toothbrush and set of teeth Alex gave a talk on dental hygiene to all who came. I wonder how many cannot afford toothpaste or even a toothbrush!
3 Ivan was in charge of cleaning and sterilising the equipment after each patient. Innocent turned up, you see him briefly!
4 James’ turn for a check up and at first the dentist complimented him on his teeth but unfortunately he had to have one extracted! Poor thing!
5 Poor James had to have a tooth extracted!
6 A very elderly lady came to see the dentist. James introduced me to her, she was Julius’s Mama, grandmother. When she greeted me her hands were frozen and she looked cold too. I gave her a gift of a shawl that a friend had donated.
7 Julius’ Mama, grandmother, asked me to walk her home where I sat with her family and was handed a young baby, the newest member of the family. Then Julius told me his sister wanted me to name her baby boy. I could only think of one name at the time and that was Norman, so this little baby in Nakakabala has been named after my lovely husband. I hope he likes his name! I also hope Norman is a lucky name as many parents don’t name their babies until they are older as so many of them die.