After a couple of day’s break we are now back in Kampala and will be heading home tomorrow (arriving Tuesday).
The trip has we feel, been very successful, challenging at times, and has given us a lot to prayerfully consider on our return.
Thank you to all who have followed our journey and kept us in your prayers.
For more information on our work please visit our website at www.christianhope.org.uk
Sunday 27th –
We attended a church service at St John’s, Kijjabwemmi where Ian and Paul preached in the English service and Carmen traumatised the Sunday school by trying to teach them a new song.
Joined Jackson and Pascal who met us at Zebra Hotel left at 12.30 for a hot and dusty ride cross country to Kibaale. We stopped for half an hour in Mubende for chicken brochettes and roasted plantain then on to the Starlight Hotel (Ugandan diocese do not have Guest houses) where we arrived at 7.30pm. No internet access and our Rwandan mobile dongle will not work here, but the food is not bad. Watched English football on the tv and they have a pool table.
Monday 28th –
Awoke to no electricity which means no hot water. Leisurely breakfast of boiled egg and chapati with LEMON TEA, Paul was not amused. Then off to the Matendo Vocational training centre. Four years ago we visited the foundations, now this enormous project is a functional building, still requiring a significant amout of work but a remarkable transformation. It is hoped the first course can start in approximately two weeks. After a meeting with some of those involved we moved on to the local church, which is still under construction. They were able to show us the keybaord donated by one of our local Primary Schools and the bibles and other books donated by our supporters. We also visited the local primary school. Ugandan children do not return to school until 4th Feb so we were only able to speak with the deputy head master. However we did see a large number of items from the container sent about 8 months ago.
We then returned to Jackson’s home where he treated us to a delicious lunch and had a very productive discussion regarding the future of the Matendo VTC. Jackson alaso lent us his mobile internet dongle to allow us to post the blog.
A comparatively leisurly start to the day with breakfast at 8. Then taken to Kijjabwemmi Church for a short meeting with Cannon Eriab Mugerwa and to meet Mariam Biira who helps to oversee the Sponsorship program.
Then on to the Kimwanyi Clinic where we met with the staff, including Nalutaaya Prossy the nurse who is funded by CHI. A tour of the clinic convinced us we should never complain about the NHS or our working conditions again. Most of the patients seemed to have left. Carmen was invited to attend a family planning appointment where the mother in question was having a coil fitted, offer declined as far too intrusive!!! Most of the drugs previously supplied 6 months ago by CHI had been used. There was also a severe shortage of equipment and furniture. The baby incubator was home made although effective.
Visits to 3 homes where mosquito nets had been received confirmed they were being used and making a difference. At one home we were fascinated t0 see a young girl grinding peanuts.
A quick lunch and on to a meeting with Bishop Godfrey.
Hotel has wifi so blogs should be posted until Sat. After that unknown conectivity so don’t panic if there is no news for a few days.
Leisurly start to the day with a short visit to the King Salomon Nursery school, Byumba. The children were sitting on the chairs sent on one of our containers and playing with tennis balls also from our container. We had fun and as always totally disrupted the school day.
Then off to the border at Katuna, farewell to Maurice and a smooth link up with our transport in Uganda. And so the journey to Masaka began in ernest. 5 1/2 hours of unmade road under construction (this is the main road through Uganda) and a further 2 hours on completed road which was a relief. Arrived hot tired and very dusty but were blessed with a very safe driver.
Met with Cannon Eriab Mugerwa. And so to bed.
Another early start and of to Shyogwe a short 1 hour drive away.
First stop St Peters College, a small private Church run school catering for A level students. They made us very welcome but their need for equipment and books is obvious.
A visit to a family who had received a Goat and saw the result of the manure provided by the goat which has resulted in an improved vegatable garden.
Then on to Shyogwe Health Centre. After a short meeting with the Medical Director and a tour of the Centre we were delighted to meet Vietty the nurse funded through our Nurse + project.
We were then taken for a delicious lunch with Bishop Jered, where various matters regarding the needs of the Docese were dicussed.
A short stop to see the church on Zion hill resulted in a chance meeting with Speciose (Veitty’s wife) and also Prosper the former head teacher of St Peters college. We spent a short while enjoying the view whilst Pastor Maurice (our driver) met with a collegue. Then back to Kigali by 7pm.
A very plesent evening was spent with Arch Bishop Onesphore Rwaje and his wife Josephine at a local restaurant where ve are obviously regulars now as the waiter new our drinks without asking, are we really that predictable!!!!!
Back to guest house, report written bedtime seems to get later every day
Paul and Carmen went to the parish of Bumbogo on Sunday but Ian went to a different Bog-ooooooh. These are the during and after photo’s published with Ian’s permission.
Never before in the field of human history has so much attention been paid by so many to Ian’s poo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ian would like to thank everyone in the UK and Rwanda for their prayers.