Next to Last Day in Muko
It was our next to the last day in Muko!
Dave stayed at the Jopfan to work on the MHS accounts while Sharilyn and Karen shopped with Generous, our negotiator, for fabric. Will went along to buy some other items needed at the Centre. Shopping for fabric is an interesting process in a very small shop with fabric pieces stacked from floor to ceiling. It was a daunting experience trying to think of the most beautiful fabrics for our wonderful sewers. We decided not to spend all available funds and allow the next team to enjoy buying. I am hoping our sewers might be excited about all we found.
After the shopping we picked up Dave who appreciated those hours to do computer work for the high school. He is spending long hours entering information about the high school children into the computer and organizing financial accounts.
We traveled out to Muko High school and dropped Dave off. The others of us proceeded to the Centre for a HANDS meeting. Will and Moses wanted to present a new idea which includes developing an educational program for farmers called the Farmer Field School, an extension method which means a 10 to 20 week curriculum with a group of farmers that would know each other well and learn together. Karen took four pages of notes to take back to the board next week.
After the meeting, Will, Sharalyn, Josiah and Judith went to Uganda Martyrs to meet the orphans and hand out school supplies. It is so fun to meet up with our children! We ask them to ask us questions and some of the questions have been:
What is child abuse?
Why doesn’t my sponsor send me photos?
When will my sponsor visit me?
Where does my sponsor live?
And get this one—-What is germination?
For this last question, a Primary student, approximately 4th grade, gave an impressive memorized answer for the scientific definition.
We finished our visit with the Uganda Martyrs children in record time so that Karen could get up to the high school. However, a truck was blocking the path of our van and the driver had gone to lunch . This gave Karen a marvelous excuse to ride a motorcycle with Josiah up the hill to MHS.
And luckily, she arrived just in time to meet Rev Oscar and Francis who are the inspectors of schools for the Diocese and the government. They kindly advised us as we told them all we had experienced at MHS this week. They also promised to visit the school and watch over it .
The team left Muko in time to meet the Bishop at the Jopfan at 5 pm. He brought Arch DeaconJoshua with him - Joshua is our new Arch Deacon at the High School effective October 1st. We are delighted to welcome him. The meeting with the Bishop was inspiring as usual. We had a chance to fill him in on all that has happened, affirmed that ACT intends to remain in the MOU with the Diocese and he prayed with us as well.
After dinner at the Jopfan, we played two games of Farkel- Will won his first game and Sharalyn won the next game. Then we were surprised by a visit from Lydia Kyomugisha, our former ACT Board Chair for ACT Uganda. Lydia is running a program for unwed young mothers and teaching them skills to survive. We enjoyed catching up. Lydia really made an extra effort because she visited with us until 10 pm and then left to drive to Kampala- a very long drive of about 7-8 hours.
Everyone is preparing for our last day. We are anticipating our return home - See you all soon! Karen