Sunday, Monday, February 24-25
Apologies. Yesterday I played hooky from the blog! I was so tired last night. So, we’ll cover yesterday and today now.
Yesterday, (Sunday) we had 8am - 12pm free time. I (Sue) spent the time organizing photos to upload Dropbox and get organized to make sure I was getting everything done that I had planned to do. Dave spent time catching up on accounting for the trip. Linda, Lori and Eileen walked into Kabale Town to get some exercise and explore the town more.
At noon, Isaac Ainembabazi, our third Maverick Leadership Scholar came to our hotel to meet us for lunch. What an incredible young man! We are planning to write up a story about him and his success and put it on our Facebook page and maybe send an E Blast as well. Isaac is getting his degree in Environmental Science at Kabale University. He will graduate in October 2020. By the way, our very first Maverick Leadership Scholar, Judith Tukahirwa, who just graduated with her certificate in nursing and midwifery, was just hired by ACT to be our new HEAL Manager! She is spending time in training with Thomas Akankwasa who has been our Acting HEAL Manager. How fun to hire one of our own Mavericks! More on Isaac with a longer article.
At 3pm yesterday, we met with the Old Boys and Old Girls Club (Muko High School Alumni Association). It was a very inspiring meeting. They were the ones who planned the whole training and Mission program at the high school when we first arrived. They are very energetic and supportive of their former high school and are eager to raise money and partner with us for the school.
This morning we met with Benson Agaba, our second Maverick who is finishing his degree in Kiswahili Education this coming October from Kabale University. Benson has been a leader his whole life and especially when he was a student at Muko High School. He wants to go on to earn another diploma in filmmaking, design, videography and photography. More about Benson when we do a longer email with their in depth stories.
We cannot meet with Ronah, our fourth Maverick Scholar who has just started this year in her nursing program near Mbarrara, Uganda which is several hours away from where we are.
Dave and Sue met with the Bishop this morning about the high school. This was a very helpful meeting that left us with work to create new contracts for all the staff and Head Teacher. We left for Muko by 11:30am. Linda stayed behind and had a wonderful followup meeting with the President of the Kabale Rotary. Everyone else went to Muko. The sewers were there working on finishing the mobiles to bring back and are going to make some ties tomorrow for us to bring back to sell. They are beautiful! Dave worked more with Pressy, the new MHS Bursar. Lori went to MHS to inventory the violins, violas and cellos with Howard. Eileen began packing handcrafts into the suitcases for our journey home. They have to be notated on the inventory sheet that Beth Martin sent and the suitcase inventories that we will carried in case stopped at the US border. Sue, Generous, Judith, Thomas, Will, Eileen, Lori, Generous, Guma had a HEAL Team meeting. We learned lots from each other. We are suggesting to take off the month of March from doing village dialogues and do some important evaluation for the program - asking the villagers their thoughts about the program. From there we went up to the Ikamiro Clinic and talked with the Clinic committee from the church. We shared with them the Report form that Lynn Pottenger created and they promised to return the filled in report every March and October. The drive to Ikamiro was gorgeous - a bright sunny day with blue skies - somewhat unusual here. It is often hazy. When we arrived at the hotel for dinner, Rev Esau, the Board of ACT and Board of Governors for the school met us at 7:30 just as our dinner arrived to go over a few more items about the school management. He and the Bishop are such big supporters of this partnership.
We walked to Cephas Inn last night which is close to our Hotel. They have a very nice dining room and we had a wonderful meal. Tonight we ate again at the Jopfan. Too tired to walk anywhere else! Maybe a quick game of Farkle before bed.