8 I need the exercise and enjoy the reward!

Out for my evening exercise down to the trading centre of Nawanyago for a Nile Beer at the end of a happy but tiring day. The children spot me easily even at night with my white skin “Mzungu” or “Madam Gerry” can be heard from every direction but I can never see them! It’s always good to reach the relative privacy of Innocents bar, Wallet Pub, though really I love being recognised. These people are lovely. X

A cold Nile Special and salted g-nuts still warm from being roasted by Judith, Innocent’s mum who is looking after my every need. She is wonderful! A mix of African and western music blasting out adds to the atmosphere! Innocent drinks Club but prefers a Guinness!

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7 Hands of Friendship from Hollies Pre-School in Poynton

Thank you Hollies Pre-School in Poynton for your Hands of Friendship and the mosquito nets some of your mums and dads and teachers have bought for the children in Uganda. These photos start in the school office – my teacher friends might find it quite interesting! They loved the Friendship Tree of hands you made for them and have sent their own hands of friendship back to you. It was the first time they had ever painted! Of course we had to play the Hokey Cokey and sing the Jambo Song but they are not as good as you yet! Handa’s Surprise made them smile. They looked so shocked as all the animals stole the fruit! See you all when I get back to Poynton. Sending lots of Jambo’s from Uganda! Just click on the first photo to view.

 

 

 

6 There will never be enough mosquito nets – help!

Dear friends, I will gradually bring you up to date with the posts I wrote while in Uganda! So here goes with the first one ‘There will never be enough mosquito nets – help!’

When I decided that my main project this year was to provide as many people as possible in the local community with mosquito nets, because the biggest killer of young children and mums-to-be is still Malaria here in Uganda, I had not envisaged the demand and desperate need there is for them. I had been told that the Ugandan Government had recently provided some nets but no where near enough, sometimes only one per family of nine!

My team Innocent, Fazie and John, have been out twice spending all day going around the tiny villages giving out mosquito nets from dawn till dusk and sometimes after dark. We were offered the ‘loan’ of a car by a good friend of Innocents and although I was not keen to take on the role of driver, needs must as none of the others drive! Fazie was the one who knew where all the tiny homes were ‘hidden’ in the ‘bush’ and proceeded to direct me – “Slow Madam slow, next turning  on the right”. (There is a mosquito sitting on my laptop screen!) I don’t see any track whatsoever but they say go on so I slowly push through the bushes trying to avoid the goats, chickens, cows and toddlers that appear. I don’t think I got above 10-15 kph! I have been driving for almost 50 years and wasn’t keen to use an automatic but once I had had a lesson by its owner who was very complimentary and said I was a quick learner, I am very grateful because the tracks I have been driving one have been narrow (very!), deeply rutted and almost non-existant in places!

Thank you to all of you who have donated a net or more – one lady donated 20! They are going to save many lives! Such a simple gift but with serious consequences. Please spread the word of the need for more and more nets and I will try my very best to meet the needs of as many families as possible during my short stay. £5 that’s all it takes. x

The photos are just a few of the nets we delivered!

At the end of each day we had to park the car in front of the home of a local policeman as it would have been ‘at risk’ outside Innocent’s home because there is no boundary fence. The policeman’s home had no boundary fence either but was obviously thought to be more secure! So we would leave the car and walk up to Innocent’s bar Wallet Pub where he had left his motorbike and return home on that.

When we went to collect the car next morning I was just about to open the door when a voice from inside the house stated ‘flat tyre’! I was not surprised at this as the routes through the bush had been particularly uneven to say the least! The boys knew exactly what to do and directed me to a row of simple houses at the trading centre. They spoke to some man or other and within minutes a big machine was bought out to re-inflate saying it would be fine for the next days deliveries. Who am I to argue, I’m just a Mzungu on one long delightful adventure! They were correct the tyre did last us the next day and the owner has promised to have it fixed before the following day when we would be delivering in another district much further away from here.

 

5 I’m home!

Dear friends

I’m home now after three happy fulfilling though sometimes difficult weeks in Uganda. As my husband explained to you in the last blog, it was difficult to add to the website or even send emails though I was able to Facebook and use Messenger very easily. So sorry you missed my ‘adventures’ as there were a few! I plan to copy and paste my posts on to here over the next days so you won’t escape my rambles!

In the meantime I have a VIP to care for! You may have heard that my darling husband had an accident early hours of Saturday morning leaving him in a bad way. He’s suffered a broken wrist and nasty cuts and bruises to his head and other parts of his body. He cannot recall any of the accident but eventually came to and called our daughter Sara who then called the ambulance. It was rather a shock coming home yesterday morning as although I had seen this photo, the bruises had come out even more. Poor darling looked like he had been in the ring with Frank Bruno! But dear man is cheerful as always but happy I’m home. Roles have been reversed as he normally spoils me with care and attention when I come one from Uganda!

So while I am hubby caring Im sure I will find time to add to the website.

X

 

A message from Gerry

Gerry has asked me to let you all know that the internet where she is at the moment is very unreliable and although she has prepared blog updates, she is unable to post them, or even send them to me by email so I can add them to her blog from here.

She will post the updates when she gets back to the UK early next week.

If you are on Facebook you can friend her and then you can see some photos and news items.

best regards Norman