Empowerment was the theme of the day.
Sue met with the Muko Empowerment Program women today with several goals in mind: further work with Prudance, the ACT staff member now in charge of MEP taking over from Guma who is too busy; check in with the sewing members and providing new patterns for them to try; meet with the three leaders of the three MEP programs (Weavers, Sewers and Beaders). We spent some time brainstorming the possibility of putting a small roadside storefront on the Muko High School property for the women to sell their handcrafts to tourists. See their three pictures!
Dave, Moses and Evan met to further discuss mushroom operations and results. They then spent time in the Mushroom House behind the ACT Empowerment Center (AEC) particularly examining the temperature and humidity environment. It was decided that it would be helpful to get data from other mushroom growers for comparison.
Benson and Sue continued their discussion about the HEAL Program (Health is Elemental to All Life). We discussed the communication from Benson and the villages to our new HEAL Sponsors as well as the Ikamiro Clinic and the treatment of our MukoHOPE orphans from the office since he is a trained medical professional. There is still much to learn in how to be most effective in this health promotion program.
Most of the day occurred without power in the building. Our solar batteries have become weak and are struggling to support the load of the 9 laptops and cell phones! At the moment we have many financial priorities with our 5 ACT Programs and the new High School, and this is an unexpected and unwelcome expense. We need to figure out how remedy this rather immediate need.
Generous received a phone call from Kampala, the Peace Corps representative in Uganda. ACT had applied for a PC volunteer about 5 months ago. This gentleman, a Ugandan, was quite impressed with ACT, had visited our website and spoke about how all our programs seemed to fit very well with PC programs and volunteers. He is coming to our ACT Empowerment Center on Thursday next week to meet with Generous, Guma and Evan as well as the rest of the staff. Unfortunately, Sue and Dave will be on an airplane on the way back to Michigan. Please pray for the outcome of this!
The highlight of our day was visiting the MukoHOPE orphans at Murole Primary School. They have just spend their first week at school and seemed eager for the new year. We introduced Evan to the students as the ACT Intern but most importantly, a Certified Soccer Coach. They went wild! He also got to meet Blessing, the Martins new orphan! I am sure they will establish a strong and loving bond in the coming 10 months that Evan is here.