Kendall writes about her first day in Uganda. June 26.
We said goodbye to Ethiopia yesterday and headed out for our last leg of this month-long trip. Unfortunately, that meant we also said goodbye to our dear Madison, who flew back to Texas when we left for Uganda. But after reaching Entebbe, we were joined by Rob and Monica – a couple of videographers from the Cayman Islands. They’ll be joining us for the rest of our time in Africa. So although we lost one, we gained two new faces for our travel group and they have already been so fun to get to know and watch work!
We started today meeting our partners in Uganda at their new office, where they gave us a presentation on all of the work they’re doing and have done with Water to Thrive. Then we headed to the field where we saw three different sites before being hosted for lunch by the bishop of the diocese we were in.
Two of the three sites we visited benefited schools, so we were greeted by lots of cheerful students and songs of welcome. It was the first chance I’ve had during this trip to actually see inside a school while the kids are there, so that was cool to see. They told us they were currently learning about fractions and foods!
Uganda is already proving to be so different from Ethiopia – the terrain, the culture, the foods – all unique. We are more than excited to be here and spend time with the amazing people we get to interact with. With only a few days left of the trip, we’re trying to soak up every last moment we can!!
Kendall describes visits to schools in Uganda where Water to Thrive has worked on water projects, and the difference clean water makes in the lives of these children. June 28.
Today was our last full day of site visits – sad. But it was filled with more schools and dancing and super cute kiddos so it made it a great day to end on.
While at one of the schools, we met some of the sassiest, most energetic kids and were able to sing songs with them, play soccer with them, and give them lots of attention while Monica and Rob interviewed the headmaster and a few students. I had little kids clinging to every part of my arm because they all wanted to touch my skin and pull on my arm hair! It was quite the experience!
The water source for this school is several kilometers away and the kids have to cross a busy road in order to reach it, so having a well on campus would be beneficial in more ways than one. It would take away the risk of a child getting hit when crossing the street, provide them with a safe and reliable source, and allow kids to spend more time in the classroom instead of walking to collect water.
Our time in Uganda has repeatedly shown me how important water is to education. A safe water source gives the children here good health and the time they need to pursue an education. I believe these kids can change the world if they’re given the opportunity to – and a water source is where that starts.
*Photos by Monica Walton and Kendall Prossner
Our intern Kendall spent one final day in Africa finding beauty and fellowship.
We finished going to sites yesterday, so today and tomorrow are for relaxing & sight-seeing before we head home.
Rob and Monica left us early this morning to head out for the second part of their adventure in Africa – gorilla trekking. So today, our partners coordinated a driver and local REST employee to take Susanne and I to see some waterfalls, the Sezibwa Falls, that mark the beginning of one of the Nile rivers.
Unfortunately, our one day off was also the one day that it poured rain. So while we were able to go see the falls, we didn’t stay long because we didn’t want to stand in the rain and there was a ton of traffic we had to go through to get to dinner on time.
After the falls we headed straight to our partner Geoffrey’s house for dinner. He and his family had prepared a feast for us in their beautiful home that is still under construction. We got to see pictures from his wife and his engagement party and hang out with two of his beautiful kids – Theon, who is four, and Elizabeth, who is six months.
After saying goodbye to Geoffrey and his family, we ended our long day by driving back to Entebbe from Kampala with full bellies and full hearts.