February 13, 2019 - First Day in Kabale!
We arrived after perfect travel. Tired but safe and with all of our luggage! We went to bed at about 1am Uganda time. Yesterday Dave, Sue and Generous met with Ismael, the Commissioner of Education and Sports and Edward his Deputy to discuss Muko High School issues and the Board of Governors (school board) and committees recommended. They affirmed much of how we are managing the school but we also learned some helpful things. After the meeting Sue, Generous, Linda, Lori and Eileen went to the Buganda Td Market which is small stalls of women selling handcrafts. Let’s just say, we helped the local economy
We had a couple of hours in the afternoon to rest and just lay prone after which we hosted Mary Ann, the Training Manager for Peace Corps at our hotel. It was so interesting to learn more about the process for Volunteers who go around the world on behalf of the US. She was so delightful.
While we were still visiting with Mary Ann, in walked Eric Stanfield (Toni and Marks son), his fiancé, Jackie, and their friend Elvis! It was so good to see Eric and meet Jackie. They stayed for dinner with us. We were able to learn more from Eric and Elvis about our ambition to get some folks in the village to join AA.
During dinner Roberta arrived. She is Director of a private International girl’s school in Kampala. She was very helpful, again affirming our struggles at the high school, and giving us suggestions. It was a great day and we all headed for bed by 9:30.
We learned yesterday that one of our orphans Pamella Akansasira, 16 years old in Senior One, apparently had a stroke and was numb on her left side and was in Kabale Hospital. We were in shock. We stayed in touch with Karen Viele, our MukoHOPE Team Manager in the U.S. and notified Pam and Bob Goddard, her sponsors. We were anxious to get to Kabale today (8 hour drive) and meet the doctor at the hospital to talk with her. She explained all the testing they had done. A CT scan showed Pamella has a brain tumor. Oh my. The doctor here said she thought it could be malignant because of the shape of it but that also she could go through surgery. She referred her to Milagro Hospital in Kampala. We will have Josiah take her to the neurosurgery center along with her guardian who will have to stay with her in Kampala. Please, please keep Pamella in your prayers. It was a God thing that Lori Marsh, an occupational therapist from Children’s Therapy Corner, was able to be there to ask the right questions of the physician. We will keep everyone updated. Unpacking in our hotel in Kabale and going to bed. Tomorrow will be the first day in the village.