Uganda Update - Kasangombe Part 2

I’m up a lot earlier than the usual musician this morning.  It’s 5am here in Nairobi, Kenya, great.  I guess this is a good time to tweet you peeps in the US, I think it’s 7pm there.  I’m actually not with the World Vision crew any longer, I parted from them in Entebbe yesterday, and now I’m on my way to the Masai Mara, to see some animals and act like an Englishmen. I’ve been practicing my grip on the tea cup, and I must say, my pinky’s got it down.

I wanted to elaborate more on the last day in the field in Kasangombe, Uganda.  This ADP (Area Development Plan) has been in action longer than any other in Uganda, just over 25 years.  It was very important to see the difference between a perish that was just getting started with World Vision, and a perish that has had WV involved over a longer term.  In fact, World Vision work is almost finished in Kasangombe, and soon the villagers will be on their own, and let me just say, they are full of confidence and ready to move forward.  After visiting “Paul” the farmer, who blew my mind (read the post before this one), we headed over to the school that WV had helped build.  We were greeted by the kids with a special song they had prepared for us and they gave us a tour.  The teachers explained that these buildings would not be here without WV, and they showed us examples of what they are teaching the children. Right across the street there was this really cool looking church, this is a shot of the inside of the building.

Our next stop was at one of the WV staff’s sponsor child’s home.  I’m going to post some pictures of this and tell that story on another day, I really want to show you that in a more elaborated way, so if I have an internet connection, maybe tomorrow.  Just to give you an idea, here is a picture of the letters this child has received from her sponsor, proudly displayed in their living room.

The last stop was to visit the VHT (Village Health Team) in the perish.  This is a group of villagers, trained and organized by WV to help educate the community on sanitation, nutrition education, child rearing/breast feeding…  These people where excited to share with us all that they were doing.  They were so proud to show us a woman’s house, and all of the specific things that were in place to enhance sanitation and health, and they also showed us their watering system that produces better gardens.  One of the highlights of the day was when the owner of the home spoke to us.  She told us that she was doing very well, and that with the help of VW she was able to take in a young boy who was abandoned by his mother as an infant, along side all of here maternal children. 

He was so cute.  I could not help to think how this was literally a life saved by child sponsorship.  Again, these people have very little, yet they give so much.

The confidence and knowledge displayed in Kasangombe was the overwhelming thing I noticed.  It was clear that they were different than some of the places we visited before.  There were two bore holes (wells) in the area for clean water, and although things may have looked similar (people wearing dirty clothes, some very old mud huts still around…) the people and infrastructure were clearly stronger and more able to sustain themselves.   I can imagine what I would look like on a daily basis if I lived were there was actually no running water or electricity.  If you ask my wife Tracey, she would probably agree that I would be a mess!  But seriously, these people are living much improved lives and are reaching out to others to share what they have learned, which is just amazing to me.  We can learn so much from these people.

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