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 🇺🇬