TRAVELS IN UGANDA in April 2017 with Kate (one of my granddaughters, aged 14), Alice (16), Rose (17) and Bethan (20).
However, it wasn’t all fun and sightseeing! The girls worked incredibly hard for two weeks. Bethan and Rose were teaching at Ngora High School while Kate and Alice worked at Ngora Hospital. They all spent two afternoons helping at Ngora Deaf School.
In addition to checking for malaria, taking bloods, examining pregnant women and helping with immunisations in the baby clinic, Alice and Kate also helped Harriet on a community outreach immunisation programme, visiting two primary schools. They gave the hospital much equipment and money they had raised at home for other essentials.
Kate’s other grandmother and her friends at church had knitted lots of clothes and dolls for babies and children on the Paediatric Ward at Ngora Hospital.
We made several other visits, including to Auso Seline (whom Kate’s family sponsored until she qualified as a nurse) at her home in Kaberamaido district.
We visited ‘my home’ in Kobwin where John and Harriet Omagor live.
We delivered gifts from various people in the UK (including uniform shirts from a man in Loughborough Market and computers from a church in Gildersome, Leeds) to James Ikara’s Alternative Technology and Vocational Training School at Nyero.
We helped a girl achieve her life-long ambition to train as a midwife by paying her fees at Nursing School which her father had refused to do because he tried to force her to get married to a man he had chosen so that he could get her dowry.
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After the four girls went home, I stayed on for another two weeks. Two of the old sponsored students of TESS (the sponsorship charity I started in 2004) organised the first Reunion in Soroti for those who have completed their education and training. 75 were able to come, some bringing their babies as well! It was a wonderful day which included speeches, the official formation of an Alumni Association and electing the Officers and a feast, as well as everyone catching up with each other.
I stayed the extra weeks with Naphtali and his family in Soroti and in their village home in Amuria.
Why not read our DIARIES HERE for a fuller account of all that we did and saw.