It’s hard to pinpoint where day 1 ended and day 2 started, but it was around 2am when we made it Namirimbe Guest House in Kampala and finally fell into bed. The bus ride from the airport was a tad different to our experience getting to Norwich – high speed, lashing rain and a near miss with military vehicles, who had switch the street lights off in order to move ammunition under the cover of darkness. You don’t get that going through Felbrigg.
Morning broke, as almost did Clare overnight, when she discovered her bed was somewhat incomplete. The remainder of the team were quick to express care, love and concern for her wellbeing, and no laughter was had whatsoever…
Kampala greeted us with sunshine, and delicious omelettes, which made everything see that little bit brighter. Some time spent together in prayer and worship helped heal the remaining cracks caused by the missing cases, with words of encouragement shared and fighting spirit topped up. We opted for a quiet morning to get some rest.
Rachel had arranged to meet Godwin Tuesday morning, a chap who’d been in touch looking for some mental health resources. Godwin wants to address the issue of suicide in Uganda, and shared the profound horrors of current mental health provision and understanding in the country. A trained social worker and semi-professional rugby player, Godwin is setting up the Suicide Prevention Foundation Uganda, and wants to start by reaching out to children and, young people and students to share the message that they have value and worth. He’s now Rachel’s new Whatsapp buddy, and further meetings are planned via Skype. Thanks to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust for donating resources for Rachel to give Godwin, and to Timothy Hignett and Partners Accountants for supplying pens and pencils – half of which have now been given to Godwin to equip his office.
The team due to be based at the school met this morning to talk about the days ahead, and how the planned lessons can be adapted without the packed resources. A suggestion of Tim teaching maths through the medium of song was brought to the table, so watch this space…… what is certain is that the programme will be full, fun and reflective of all the teams creative resources.
The hunt was also on today for a few essential items. Mostly a change of clothes, which were purchased in Lewero with the aid of our personal shopper Henry, who turned out to be extremely knowledgeable in all things fashion and aided those unlucky to not have any clothes find something suitable to wear. We also discovered the difficulties in having many people involved in something which should in theory be quite straightforward. When Sarah said she needed to find a cream to use in her physio clinic, it spiralled into an 8 man/woman discussion about type, brand, consistency, quantity. Just to clarify, there’s nothing special about the cream, (other than the fact it’s brilliantly called ‘Nice & Lovely Lotion’) but as far as the rest of the group are concerned it now has magical powers.
In other team news, Sophie has a disrupted afternoon when she stumbled across a pair of chickens being quite openly affectionate with one another. This led to a whole-team discussion about the fertilisation of chicken eggs. We’ll leave this here, but safe to say Clare has a wonderful way with words and an impressive range of knowledge, so we’ll be finding something new to ask her everyday.
We end the day settled in the Diocese Guest House, had a lovely meal together (fresh Ugandan avocado has to be tasted to be believed) and spent time in prayer and worship before all heading for an early night. All except Ian, that is, who needed to stay up awaiting suitcase news….
To be continued…