OK, so you’ve noticed by now that I didn’t take very many pictures. I was having too much fun.
This is Smart Junior primary school in Maga Maga. The houses in the village were made of either mud/clay, rickety wood, or bricks. Next to the railroad tracks, garbage filled the canals. When we arrived at the school, there were only a few small buildings for classes. And when we left, we found out that one of buildings was donated by Children of Grace.
The school arranged for us to play a game of netball with the girls. Netball is a little bit like basketball, where you have to shoot a ball through the hoop but you can’t take more than a few steps while holding the ball. While we were playing, the villagers and their kids came out to watch. Obviously, the girls still beat us. They are really tough!
Robin and Kelsey were able to meet their sponsor child in Maga Maga. When one of the mentors brought Miria over, she didn’t say a word. But as soon as she made eye contact with Robin, she immediately hugged her. We all had to keep ourselves from crying in front of each other.
We left the school for a moment to visit a class taught by Titus who is part of an organization called Micro Business Mentors or MBM. MBM is running in a few countries, and they teach small business owners how to properly and successfully run their own businesses. In the classroom, there were people who sold tomatoes, second-hand clothes, were barbers, etc. Titus estimated about a 95% success rate.
Back at the school, we gathered with the kids in one of the classrooms. They, too, had a presentation for us. First they sang a few songs welcoming us to their school. In Uganda, they greet you by saying, “You are most welcome.” They also did a couple of traditional dances, which you can see here.
More and more village kids piled into the room as their presentation went along. Kids with tattered clothing, shirts with holes, clothes that didn’t quite fit them or had spots and stains, kids with snot dried on their faces, fungus on their heads, kids not older than nine or ten, carrying babies on their backs, malnourished and skinny doesn’t even begin to describe these kids. Toothless grins! Happy smiling faces and giggles when you talk to them. They were so happy for us to be there. It made me sad for when we would leave Uganda.
Our group did a Joseph and the coat of many colors skit, and afterwards, we did an arts and crafts project with them. Later, our team played outside with them. Kelsey and I recorded height and weight measurements. Robin dispensed medicine and vitamins. The CoG nurse gave out shots and tested kids for HIV. Thankfully, none of the kids we tested were positive.
When it was time to leave, we said goodbye to the kids and headed into the van. Mango jelly and peanut butter sandwiches on the way back to the compound where we spent the rest of the day.