More of my family in Uganda

Another branch of my Ugandan family are the Kasenke brothers who, since 2008, my family and wonderful friends who have joined us along the way to help give assistance to the brothers at different stages of their education and careers. Before I met them their father died and their mother was ‘chased away’ from their village because ‘uncles’ wanted the family land, leaving the six boys to fend for themselves. Something that seems unthinkable to us but was, and probably still is, common practice in some communities.
During my recent visit to Uganda you ‘met’ four of the brothers. Firstly Bosco who, though only gained low grade A levels, last year qualified as a nurse with extra skills in dentistry. Bosco was so surprised and very grateful when I took out to him many dental tools donated by dentists in Poynton, mainly from Doctor Lisa-Marie at Chester Road Dental Care who wants to keep updated on Bosco’s progress, and also Doctor Arde from MyDentist. A big thank you to both dentists. Your gifts have given Bosco opportunities he would otherwise not have had.

Bosco showed me around the hospital where he now works and this is where he carries out his dentistry skills

Mike left and Bosco right with their mum Monika who we persuaded to come back home where she is no longer under threat

Elder brother Mike has a job working in a restaurant in Iganga, a big town in Uganda, and always travels to see me on a Monday, his only day off. He is now head of the family since his big brothers Alex and Robert moved away.
Paul, you will have heard me speak about a lot, as I spent several days helping him deliver mosquito nets in the very poor and inhospitable environment of the outskirts of Kasozi where he had surveyed the area previously.
While I was in Uganda Paul received his long awaited A Level results and we were so pleased he had passed them all, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, Agriculture and General Paper. Incredible! These results qualify him to go on to university to study his chosen course of Clinical Medicine & Community Health, so long as he receives the financial support necessary.
In 2008 when Godfrey, a very good friend of mine who I depend on for advice at every corner, found Paul hungry and alone in the homestead, he could not read or write and certainly couldn’t speak any English. Amazing to see what a little help from us and his own hard work over the last ten years has achieved!
Without financial help none of the young people I talk about would not have had the opportunity to gain a decent education. With this help they have been lifted out of the never ending circle of poverty. The boys as I still call them, though most are now in their twenties, are all so so grateful as you can imagine! It’s been a privilege to be with them as they took their different paths knowing we had a small but very important part to play.
Lastly there is step brother Emma (Emmanuel), who we only started helping last year, with help from another kind donor. Emma is a bright boy and I’m sure with the love and care from his family and a little help from us, he will do well too. I enjoyed spending a few hours visiting him at school during my stay.
Taken from a post by Paul on Facebook: You might have something that seems minor to you but when you grant it to another person, it means a lot to them. Gerry Hambridge, it has been my pleasure working with you, and to all those that have made it possible. Thank you so much, may the Lord God reward you for spreading smiles across this beautiful pearl of Africa.
When Paul wrote this he was referring to the mosquito nets but this quote can be used in many contexts where giving is concerned. For the price of a new coat or pair of shoes that we probably don’t really need or the cost of a few meals out we can all help a child gain a valuable education. I’ve loved and still love going without that coat!

Almost back to normal!

Almost back to normal!

I’ve taken my final antimalarial tablet, eaten the last of the green oranges the children of Brain Trust PS gave me as a farewell gift (I helped eat the cock that I was supposed to bring back to ‘Father Norman’, the night before I left Nawanyago!) and shared out with family and friends many of the g-nuts given to me, though every time I pass the box in the kitchen I somehow navigate towards it for the last few!

The colours and gentle warmth of the UK Spring are still putting a smile on my face after the sight of limp water-starved crops suffering in the excruciating heat of the continued drought in Uganda. 

I’m not quite used to driving a ‘proper ‘ car yet, even today I found myself forgetting my seatbelt and had difficulty getting our car into gear after the heavy wrenching manoeuvres needed for the Land cruiser and pickup truck I drove in Uganda!

I’ve not quite finished sending out posts and photos from my wonderful (mostly!) four weeks in Uganda but already started my 2020 list for my next visit! 

The very good news is that Innocent is now in contact once again thanks to my lovely friend Marie and my wonderful hubby who clubbed together and bought him a phone, a replacement for the one that was stolen when he was viciously mugged a week before I returned home. Innocent has now recovered from that terrible experience and from the two seizures that followed and is busy looking after his farm and family, and eager to help with my projects whenever I ask. 

I hope you’ll continue your interest and support for the help we offer people in Uganda and look forward to hearing from you along the way. X Be back soon!

My Family in Uganda


 

 

 

 

 

 

The youngest English footy supporter in Uganda! Meet six month old Norman Reginald, son of Innocent and Betty, grandson of Judith. Norman was a constant companion while in Uganda. He is named after my wonderful hubby Norman who I will hopefully be seeing in a couple of hours.

Mama Betty

Helping Dad clean the pigs!

Hard work for a little one!

Favourite place in the hot dry weather

Mama goes to the borehole for water

So I get the easy job!

Sharing Daddy’s breakfast

Norman’s best pals, neighbours Guster and Gifty

Going out with Mama

Lovely family!

Norman’s car jointly designed by Dada Gerry and Daddy! Dada Gerry’s drinking water boxes come in useful!

My favourite!

Two wonderful men!

Man talk!

 

 

Tuesday/Wednesday

The last sponsored nets were collected by head teacher Charles on Tuesday night. Now every child at Brain Trust will be protected from being bitten by the Malarian mosquito!


 

 

Another power cut provided me with my last supper in Nawanyago cooked, served and eaten by candlelight! Then yesterday morning I was up and out as dawn was breaking, something I had only seen previously through my mosquito net and the window bars! It was time to say goodbye to my wonderful family in Nawanyago who have been caring for me so well. I will miss them!

 

 


On our way through Jinja we called in on another family member Bosco at his work place. He showed us around the hospital and pointed out where he had been busy doing basic dentistry! Thanks to Doc Lisa-Marie and other colleagues he now has the correct tools! Nurse Bosco who enjoys dentistry and has already treated three patients using donated tools from dentists in Poynton!

 

 

Well that’s it folks, I’m at Banana Village about 30 minutes from Entebbe airport. I’ve made the most of having time to spare by visiting friends and pretending to be a tourist! Innocent has kept me company today which has been good, giving him a break. My flight is one minute to midnight. See you soon! X

Sun goes down at Banana Village

Almost home

Very early Thursday morning! Arrived in Brussels just waiting for connecting flight home. Thank you Patrick Manday Sseruwagi for my farewell lunch. Good luck with your amazing project for those who were not able to receive an education when they younger. Also my enormous gratitude to Innocent for seeing me all the way to Entebbe airport then having to travel overnight many hours back to the village. I hope you are now home once again with your family in Nawanyago. I’ve had a good flight but still coughing with the results of the Uganda dust! See you next year.

Amazing tailoring being taught so these women can acquire skill to help them become independent

Amazing Grace and Shalom