19 I kept my promise and cleaned the pigs out, well helped!

I like to try to take a full part in life in Uganda and succeed most of the time but today was one of those days when my energy and my body let me down a little! Innocent looks after his pigs so well and always puts their welfare first before anything else. Though he took what I said with a twinkle in his eye, I had promised to clean them out and feed them at some point during my stay and as I was rapidly running out of days, tomorrow I leave Nawanyago, today was the day!

I heard the pigs getting excited so knew that Innocent was already with them and I hadn’t even had my breakfast! I threw on the clothes I wore yesterday and ventured down to the piggery. Innocent had a grin on his face that told me he didn’t think I would even turn up! He demonstrated how to clear out all the pig muck and then I set to, feeling it didn’t look too difficult. BUT just getting into each enclosure was a challenge for me with my wonky knees, having to bend low through the gates while at the same time watching that the pigs didn’t make a run for freedom! Then the home-made broom Inno had was pretty useless when attached to my arthritic hand! It was just a bunch of sticks tied together and I kept flicking the pooh onto me instead of into the pan (an old jerry can cut in half)! I was instructed to scrape the trodden down pooh with the bricklayers trowel. Not easy! Added to all this the adults pigs in particular Norman Pig the father of all the piglets, seem to enjoy chewing my crocs! He is one biiiiiiiig pig!

I think I only cleaned out three of the front pens and even then they were not good enough for my good friend the pig farmer who followed me finishing the job! So admitting defeat I willingly let Innocent take over especially as I would have had to climb over the wall to get to the pens at the back! I spent the remainder of the cleaning schedule saying hi to each and every one of the pigs and piglets. Most had been given a name. Gerry was heavily pregnant and I felt quite sorry for her; Norman was huge but very friendly. It made me laugh how he followed Innocent around, standing on his hind legs to see as far as possible, and he loved his ears being tickled and collapsed at my feet in ecstasy! I’m sure I heard him purring like a cat! Then there is Marie, Tony, Anna-Marie and Holly who sponsored Innocent through his education along with Ruth and recently Liz. Other friends and family were also given this honour and it amazed me how Innocent remembered who was who especially the younger pigs that to me looked the same!

Last job was to walk to the shallow well to get water to swill out the stys and for the pigs to drink. It wasn’t too long a walk but I was conscious that I looked a right site and probably smelt terrible too! The shallow well is basically a small muddy pool and I was cafeful not to stand too close! Thank goodness Innocent and his neighbours are lucky enough to have a safe water source nearby, the village borehole. I enjoyed my ‘shower’ when we had finished the pigs and always appreciate the water that is fetched for me!

Photos in next post!


18 Certificate of Appreciation – so sweet, so Ugandan, so appreciated! I was chuffed!

The entertainment from the children, along with the numerous oranges, lemons, avacado and of course the live cock, was a wonderful way to say farewell to this lovely school. I will be back next year! And in the mean time I will try and get funds to rebuild your latrines and to put a roof on their school hall that doubles up as a church!

16 A big surprise for me at Brain Trust Primary School! (Another catch up post!)

Innocents just got back with stock for his bar (and one or maybe two Nile Beer for me!!) My laptop etc is still charging as power has been off again outside the area trading centre. Men are bringing maize for grinding in the mill next door so its a bit dusty, chickens are pecking at the ground around me and the odd goat or two is passing on its way to find best grazing. No owners, they look after themselves!

Yesterday I had decided that as it was my last day in Nawanyago I would spend the day with Innocent, pack my bags and not go into school. However I wanted to deliver some tennis balls given to me by Higher Poynton Tennis Club and told Charles the director I would come before 10 am. Unfortunately Innocent was unwell first thing and by the time I had helped him clean out the pigs (yes me! Photos later) and we had spent an hour or more at the bar charging all my equipment as the power was still off, it was near midday. Innocent had informed Charles of our delay so I didn’t think it was a problem but when we turned up, me just dressed in scruffy shorts and sleeveless top, we realised they had organised a farewell event for me! Everyone had sat waiting from when I was originally due to when I turned up! Even the Nursery who should have gone home!

I was entertained with songs, poetry and dance. Charles and the head girl made speeches and I was presented with a wonderful certificate honouring my work at the school. I’ll scan it when I get home to show you. Many individual children had brought oranges, lemons and avocado as gifts and each knelt as they presented them to me! Lastly the teachers had clubbed together and bought a live ‘cock’ for me to take home to my husband! It was getting on for 2pm before we made our way home. I was so glad Innocent had his motorbike as it was so so hot! Click on first photo for slideshow. Video footage in next blog

15 Another happy day at Brain Trust PS

Another happy day at Brain Trust PS. Learning about the life Cycle of the butterfly then doing butterfly prints. Charles told me it was the first time the chldren had ever had the use of coloured pencils or paint! Note the roof of the school hall which doubles up as a church!!! I had to keep moving from shade to shade. Glad it wasn’t raining! I think a new roof could be a furture project for us. What do you think friends?
Finished the day morning with the parachute, great fun and once I had introduced the teachers to this wonderful teaching aid they soon got the confidence to use their own ideas. For nect year – paints, crayons and ground sheets please! Click on the first photo to see slideshow.