So while I have been unable to get to this blog (sorry for the break!) our kids in Uganda have been having a blast on their holidays, learning how to make prints with Andrew form Art at Heart. Check out the masterpieces they have created!
FOOTBALL!!! After spending time in the homes of some of our kids, we headed up the road to meet with coach Lameck and the SunCity Football teams on the local school field where we train and play. It was game day - our juniors won the first game 3-1. I wish wish WISH I had been videoing - the celebrations and backflips topped anything you'd see at the world cup.
We had the opportunity to show Lameck some gear donated by the Cambridge Football Club (more on this later) and to hang out with some of the older kids who had come to support the players.
Today we went walkabout in Bunga to visit kids' homes and families. We had spent time in the homes of all of our sponsored kids, but in the last 4 years there have been a lot of new kids joining Kids First!
It is a humbling experience to be welcomed into a dark, mouldy small room that houses a whole family and all their belongings. We are so grateful to the hospitality of our Kids First families. It's yet another time we wish we could have taken you all with us. Words can't really do it justice, so today you just get a big slideshow :) We hope you are as touched by these families as we were.
Another "break" day. So today we went to town to buy undies, socks, and singlets for our boys (by this stage they were understandably feeling a little left out, and fortunately one of our lovely sponsors ok'd her donated money to be used on these awesome young men!) These items are uniform requirements for school.
We also got to meet with a lawyer who is helping us register as an NGO in Uganda, and catch up with our good friend Andrew (of Art and Heart Africa!).
This also gives me another opportunity to show you guys some other random Uganda pics. Yes there is a lot of heartbreak and poverty here, but it is also a vibrant country with a love of people and life, and we would love you to see this side of Uganda too.
Streetlights is a campaign aimed at improving the lives of street children in Uganda through art. Having a chance to express themselves, kids can learn to manage difficulty with creativity and rise above their situation.
After our delicioso lunch in Bunga of delicate spring rolls, we made our way across the road to our mothers.
This muddy courtyard is where they meet, open to the elements, to support each other and make crafts to uplift themselves.
We've actually been really fortunate to be able to use this area for free, but it's not ideal and leaves little room to store crafts. Our mum's are desperately asking for help to rent or buy a room/building where they can meet under cover and safely store their craft and equipment. Could you help?
Our mothers periodically pool together to pay someone to come in and teach them new techniques and crafts. Today they were excited to show us an insulated basket they are learning to make. This can store cooked food (amazing if you live without a fridge) to use later, or to sell.
I was then invited to do a talk on "health". A rather broad topic! I borrowed some ideas from the stuff I do with the Cambridge AAW, which then lead into a Q&A session before dissolving completely into an exercise lesson! Good fun :)
Finally we got to the part of the afternoon ya'll have been waiting for: UNDIES AND PADS distribution!! Yay!! If only you could have heard the cheers and seen the dancing when Sunny and Joshua brought out the 3 big boxes, and Aggie and I sorted the undies on a tarp on the ground. Each women got 5 undies (various sizes, to cater for kids at home too), at least 2 boxes of sanitary items, and condoms. Pretty awesome. They thought to so. In fact they were overwhelmed and are so grateful to you awesome people for your donations. Check out the photos :)
PS there is a video on facebook...I haven't uploaded it here as they seem to play too slowly
Here at Kids First we all have something to say, so this blog will be updated by members of our team as our work progresses to keep all of you in the loop!