Ok this blog is being written by me, Vicky, as my journal really impressed Sufian who asked if I would write this for today so bare with it.
The day began with another early morning but the breakfast each day is worth the effort, I just want to add that the pineapple here is AMAZING! I suggest everyone comes to Uganda just for the pineapple. We then had a half an hour walk to St. Francis (Erin’s time estimate for this was pretty precise which makes a change). The challenge for today was to help with a club run by the people who work at St. Francis called the Shadow Idol Club.
It’s fair to say everyone was feeling a bit anxious. When we finally arrived we all felt so much better and excited because we received another warm, friendly welcome by everyone. Approximately there were about 150 children ranging from 9 to 18 years old. We started by making a small presentation explaining who we are and why we are here and a bit about how we raised the money. The children were a little quiet but they soon felt comfortable and began to ask and answer questions. We then split into 3 groups based on age and gave a talk to each group about home life, sex education and school.
The children enjoyed the presentations and found them very interesting but they found the games we play even better, it’s really weird that no one in Uganda knows simple songs and games like the wheels on the bus or tag but have their own songs and games that we don’t know. During our lunch break we had one of the older children come and give us some feedback of what the children thought of the day so far, (I got an honourable mention) the feedback we got was really positive and made us all want to make the rest of the afternoon even better. After lunch we were treated to a show of acts singing, dancing and doing comedies for us.
After the entertainment everyone just got involved in different games that people had started, it ranged from football to being chased by 50 kids yelling Mzungu (white person). By three o’clock it was time to say goodbye which was a bit sad so we are hoping to squeeze in time to go to next week’s session.
Even though everyone was a bit tired and exhausted, we went to the Omoana house to see the children again, despite the long day everyone got the energy to play games and teach dances to the kids. Never mind coffee or Red Bull, the thing that gives you the most energy is seeing a child happy and excited to see you. When it was nearly time for dinner, we faced the task of walking back to the accommodation. After a quick wash we were treated to another delicious dinner with some African cuisines. With our bellies full (I was hoping to lose weight out here but the way they are feeding us I’ll be coming back a stone heavier) some of us went for an early night, but Chloe, Jodie, Karen and I sat outside having a nice chat while enjoying the beautiful night.
Well that’s all for today folks, this was supposed to be short and sweet but it’s more of an essay sorry! If you’re reading this, I LOVE YOU MUM!