Tuesday, February 26 - Our Last Day

Dear Friends,
This morning began with Dave, Sue, Sam, Friday (who is a board member for ACT) and the Board of Governors, as well as a music professor at National Teachers College. We were to interview two music candidates for the Music Teacher role at Muko High School. The first candidate showed up - Shipher (“shifter”) Akampurira. She was marvelous! Friday asked her to sing a song from a hymnal and she selected Joy to the World. She was very nervous, so I (Sue) went over to her and started singing with her. We had already agreed we were both sopranos. Partway through the song, I switched to the alto part to see if she could keep her own going and she did great! The second candidate (a man) never showed up. We were so excited about Shipher that we asked Sam to call her, just after she left, to offer her the position. She was very, very happy and is reporting to work tomorrow morning!

Sue, Lori, Eileen and Will went to meet the new Diocese of Kigezi’s Health Coordinator who replaced Philip Agaba. Philip is now the Hospital Administrator for Rugarama Hospital. Grace was delightful and was very eager to meet Judith, our new ACT HEAL Manager in the near future. We had a wonderful discussion that included information about physiotherapist-therapy for Pamella who is coming home tomorrow (we will unfortunately pass them on the highway) after getting a diagnosis of “no brain tumor” but stroke damage. We also talked about substance abuse and how to connect with the folks who run the AA meetings in Kabale hoping they will follow through on their outreach to start a group in Muko!

We left for Muko around noon and all scattered in the ACT Empowerment Center to take care of a variety of things on our last day. Sue checked in with the sewers who were busy finishing 19 mobiles and creating 25 of their first men’s ties! They are so gorgeous! I can’t wait to sell these! Eileen spent some good time talking with Maurice about her work. Sue and Will and Moses attempted a SKYPE meeting with the US HANDS team, but to no avail. We could not get network access. So, we spent a couple of hours doing the meeting on our own. 

Linda went up the high school to take the educational books that Dick Dolinski and other TEACH Team members donated. She shared a summary of the notes from our meeting with them exploring the Challenges and Ideas they face. She also included notes she taught on how to apply the parenting training in the classroom. Dave spent some time at the high school to take care of a few other things. 

Lori spent time making sure she completed the photo list that Sue had given her for taking pictures. One GREAT thing was, Eileen filmed Lori interviewing Osbert. It is priceless!

While Sue was in the HANDS team meeting and Dave was working on the school stuff, Linda, Lori and Eileen went with Christopher up the highway toward the Congo to see the baboons on the road and the bamboo forest. It was an extraordinary day for taking photos because we had no haze and a blue sky with big white fluffy clouds. It was about 75 degrees so we tried to soak the weather up before we hit bitter Michigan. 

To end the day, we took the staff to the “Campground” which is a resort nearby to have dinner. This has become a tradition. It was a wonderful evening on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi to thank our staff and say goodbye. Bitter sweet, every time! This is our last night at our hotel in Kabale. We are all packed. We will leave at 8 am tomorrow for our 8-10 hours drive straight to the airport. Our flight leaves at 11 pm. Twenty five hours later we will be home! I won’t be able to complete another blog because I won’t have Internet access.

Thank you for reading our blog, thinking of us, and praying for us. Overall, this was a VERY successful team and trip!

Looking Out at Muko from the Front of the ACT Empowerment Center

Looking Out at Muko from the Front of the ACT Empowerment Center

Final Staff Dinner at the “Campground”

Final Staff Dinner at the “Campground”

The ACT Staff with Will and Christopher, our Trusted Driver

The ACT Staff with Will and Christopher, our Trusted Driver

Ellie Schroeder