Mushrooms, Music, and Manager

The team divided up today to allow for extra passengers in the van since we wanted to pick up three children at their school in Kabale for the music rehearsals.  Dave and Diana volunteered to stay at the hotel to prepare for the deliberations tomorrow. (The team is planning to meet and discuss everything we have learned to decide on the recommendation for the USA Board. More on that tomorrow...) Dave prepared budgets for each of the ACT managers. Dave and Diana walked down the huge hill to Kabale where Diana was able to find material for MUSIC vests and material for Christmas stockings for the sewers to use. Coming back up the hill, Dave and Diana said it was "long and arduous".

Sue, Dick, Karen, and Joe headed for the village. We stopped at Trinity College (which is a High School in Kabale) to pick up three of our orphans who are attending that school as Senior 4 students in an effort to raise their grades before vocational school. We were quite impressed with this beautiful school and are adding to the high school deliberations the idea that we could move our orphans there. The students hopped in the van and spent the trip giving us the perspective of the school from the student point of view. The curvy roads on the way to Muko made two of the children nauseous and we had to pull over to give them a rest! Several members of the team also struggle with this so it wasn't surprising.

Joe, Karen and Howard went up the hill to begin the music class today. We had arranged a 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. rehearsal between student exams. With about forty students in attendance, and after a slow start, the children were finally ready to play. We started with a review of D Major, G Major and A Major scales followed by sectionals and then a full rehearsal. We brought M&M's and played a game with them to give them a break. Each student was given two candies and instructed not to eat them....YET. Then Karen would hold up one color, like red, and say "Everyone with red stand up and play a D Major scale" This continued until every color was chosen with different tasks for each color.  Afterwards, the children received an additional handful of candy. Not surprising, a few local children who had been watching through the windows wandered in at this point to hold out their hands!

Sue had four interviews with Generous, Josiah, Guma, and Mandela for the HEAL position. So...ANNOUNCING....our new HEAL manager, Benson Arimpa. Benson used to be a nurse at our own Ikamiro Clinic until he worked unpaid for four months. He has since been volunteering at a clinic in order to maintain his skills.

Sue and Dick also worked with Herbert, Edson and Sharron to document the final stages of mushroom garden preparation. She has now captured the process except for the twenty one day incubation which follows.

Filling the plastic bag "gardens" with substrate and mushroom spores (the white stuff)

Filling the plastic bag "gardens" with substrate and mushroom spores (the white stuff)

Boiling the substrate

Boiling the substrate

The team enjoys a nightly Farkel competition. So far, Dave has won three times, Dick has won twice, Joe has won twice, Karen and Sue have won once, and we are rooting for Diana to win next!

Sending love to you all!