Linda, Eileen and Lori went to Muko today to do the second day of Basic Mental Health Training from 2 pm to 6 pm. They had about 35 people in the training and some wonderful outcomes! Some things people said:
“I better understand mental health problems and ways to identify and help people that are dealing with them. “
“ When I hear people blaming, pointing fingers at troubled students, I realize they may need someone to listen to them….and I can be that person.”
The teachers and health promoters attending did a powerful job of being empathetic and compassionate to help break the stigma of mental health problems. A previous Muko High School student, Walter, returned to Muko High School after graduating to share with the group about when Toni Stanfield, from the ACT team in the U. S., spent time counseling him through a tough time after his father was murdered. This was to illustrate how helpful a careful listener can be to people who have emotional or mental issues. A delightful part of the training was doing the hokey pokey for the first time with glee and delight. It is powerful to be part of the community to build physical and mental health.
Dave and Sue stayed in Kabale for the Board of Governor’s meeting. This turned out to be their first official meeting in which they were sworn in and formed their committees. There were lots of decisions made and policies approved. It will make Dave’s work easier to be able to interact with the official committees.
Will spent time today on a very slow Internet to look up more information on coffee processing so we can investigate more about ACT doing this.
Will, Dave, and Sue walked downtown Kabale to purchase some unusual items but it went very smoothly. We bought wire so that the MEP beaders can try to make small beautiful angel ornaments. We bought interfacing for the women to make ties! We bought a tie at a gift shop. It is beautiful. So, we handed the tie to MEP sewers and they took it apart and made one of their own in one hour. I can’t wait to sell these in the U.S.! We also bought a charcoal iron for the women to iron their sewing. This is the type of iron they are used to and we were concerned about an electric iron with our solar power system.
We finished dinner and are playing a quick game of Farkle! Then to bed. Tomorrow (Sunday) we have the morning free to ourselves to rest and refresh. That is all for now.
Turabakunda mwene. (We love you all!)