At Patrick’s

On arriving at Patrick’s he got Charles and I to sign the Visitors Book, just about obligatory wherever you go in Uganda!

Then took us into the workshop where his ladies group had made all those fempads I distributed recently. There were only a few in attendance today as it is still the Christmas school holidays. But those who were there were busy on their sewing machines making fempads and other items such as children’s clothes. I thanked them for their efforts and told them of the gifts of scarves many of you had donated. They were extremely pleased 😀! Patrick and his wife and partner in the school, Kevin are to give the remainder the girls theirs when they return.

We discussed the fact that the Mark 2 fempads, renamed ‘Gerry Pads’ by Innocents mum, I think it was, should be longer, wider and with more layers for greater absorbency. The project is in its early days and with Innocent looking into getting a local lady, Rose, in Nawanyago involved and Patrick and Kevin keen to improve the design with their group, I’m sure we’ll get it right in the end.

Work over, I was able to enjoy the company of this lovely family, Patrick who I’ve known since my first stay in Uganda where is was Warden for the boys at Maria’s Care and I was living and working in the school there. His wife Kevin I met when my family all attended their wedding in January 2008 followed by meeting their first born Gerry Mukisa  in November that year. I was very honoured she was named after me. By-the-way, Mukisa means Blessed!

Kevin had cooked a lovely meal, helped by the older girls I’m sure, and afterwards all the children laid on the entertainment! It was brilliant watching them dance to modern Ugandan music and reminded me so much of my daughters when they were young! The youngest Shalom was hilarious, at only a year she was copying all the movements and expressions of her older siblings. It was a very happy few hours with them before Charles and I headed for the airport which is where I am now, writing this!

Still over an hour and a half to go!!

Well that’s all for now. I’m going to change into warmer clothes before they open the gate for my flight to Brussels. I will see you there! X

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