Woke up feeling sore,
With the rain starting to pour,
We had pancakes for breakfAST,
Ready to have a blast,
With slums on the agenda,
And Johann our newest member,
The rain continued to storm in,
So our plans were thrown in the bin.
A nice lazy morning,
But it wasn’t at all boring,
Games were played,
And memories were made.
Lunch was a one pot wonder,
And truly fulfilled our hunger,
We then headed up the road,
To our second humble abode,
The village of hope,
Which was kind of dope.
Familiar faces greeted us,
Ready for a ‘chapati’ class, Oil, flour, water, onion, salt,
We mixed and cooked them without fault,
The mothers taught us their tricks,
And there was laughter in the mix,
A delicious supper was served,
And silence was observed,
And we munched our way through the plate,
Not a single bite did we hate.
A prayer and song to share,
With all our hearts we felt their care,
As we worshiped the Lord,
And sung a great chord,
We knew our time was coming to an end,
So we said fairwell to our friend-s,
With a night walk home,
We didn’t feel alone,
While reflecting on our time,
We started this incredible rhyme.
Cluedo deaths: 2
Janette sightings: 4
Jo’s babies: 5
Buster Rhymes & Co
(jas, mel, jo, mon ft. dobbo)
In the morning, we went to Wairaka Abundant Life Church, in which we worshiped with the community and received a great message...twice...in two languages. Joanna held 2 babies of course. We sat for 3 hours, but it was really cool to see how another culture worships God.
For lunch we threw it back to an Aussie classic, bit of an avo smash with Juliette’s twist. We also heard two fellow students’ life stories with lunch and shared prayers and cuddles. While waiting for the bus we filled in the time with bananagrams where Joel is now banned from playing as he continually smashes us all.
Arriving at the fanciest yacht (sailing) club in town with Sherrin in hand, we took a seat beside the beautiful lake Victoria for a plate of gourmet wedges.
After feasting our hungry hearts on some Western delicacies, we ventured down a questionable path and boarded a long wooden canoe type concoction. We all cautiously entered the canoe making sure we were evenly balanced so we didn’t go overboard. Our tour guide took us along ‘Lake Victoria’ to begin, despite Joel being certain we were immediately cruising the Nile. The scenery was amazing and we all got plenty of photos.
We went out for dinner to Yellow Chilly, an Indian restaurant for a quality feed. One of the girls who grew up at the Village of Hope now works there, so that was special. The boys discovered the water pistols in the toilets and decided to put them to good use. This was followed by a most pleasant bus ride home with some world class vocals to go with.
We are now here in the serenity of the beautiful African night sky on top of the roof writing this blog. Everyone has contributed a sentence to this insightful blog
SchooliesRev19 Uganda Team
Jeanette sightings: 2
Cluedo deaths: 0
Jo’s Baby’s: 3
The day started in happy spirits, with the return of the Juliet’s famous Rolexes for breakfast! We caught the bus for our first visit to the Home of Hope, an organisation created by a woman called Edith, following the loss of her child Derrick at the age of 14 to Cerebal Palsy. Her significant loss demonstrated her passion for those with disabilities and how driven she was to support those in similar conditions to her son.
The Home of Hope houses over 70 children with disabilities, separated into 2 different homes for the children and young adults. Edith introduced us to the children and gave us a tour of the home. We were confronted, overwhelmed and upset upon entering. Yet, we were grateful that Edith and her team of volunteers hold such a passion to love and care for the children. We played with them, danced with them, learnt sign language and wheeled them around in their wheelchairs! It was uplifting and eye opening to see the smiles on their faces and how much they appreciated our company.
Before catching the bus to town for the afternoon, we sat and reflected upon our morning. We questioned how easily we take our own abilities for granted. We concluded that we can’t solve everything, but can only do what we can. For us being there and caring for them matters greatly. Rain started to pour when heading into the town of Jinja, although our exploring wasn’t dampened by the rain. Many happy pants and milkshakes were bought and gifts for our families supporting us along the way. It was an emotionally draining day, but we are thankful we could pray and support one another along this journey.
Janette sightings: 1 Cluedo death toll: 2
After a wild night at the freakin zoo (including sleep talking, snoring and pillow fights) we all enjoyed some well-deserved donuts (halfcakes) for brekky before heading off to Hope Community High School. At the high school we learnt more about the education system in Uganda, met some of the students and then slid (literally from all the mud) into some soccer and netball competitions!
In the afternoon we went back to the Village of Hope. As it’s holidays all the children were home from school so we had hours of fun playing with lego, dancing and being shown around the Village by the kids. It was a special time to get a deeper relationship with the Village of Hope as we had only briefly visited last time.
To finish off the day we had some girls and guys nights to chat, encourage and reflect on what we have seen on the trip so far.
- Alanah G
Today we left Phnom Penh and headed to Battambang. We woke up early and ate our last breakfast at the Frangipani Living Arts Hotel and then we got our stuff together and hopped on the bus.
Today was more of a relaxed day that started with a sleep in and a late 9am breakfast. After breakfast we adventured to the Russian markets where we used our bargaining skills as we purchased souvenirs and gifts for ourselves, family and friends.
Our morning commenced with a relaxing sleep in which was well deserved. After breakfast we had a debrief in small groups reflecting on the past week with one of the leaders. This was a good time to share and verbally process what we had found challenging and rewarding.
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