I’m going back to Uganda the third week of October! While I am there we will have meetings every day about how to proceed with the building on our new land, and there are a few other things I’d like to do that week. I want to accompany Phiona at night and participate in their evening schedule. I’d like to prepare some lessons and teach the children. I hope to arrange to show them the first movie they’ve ever seen! Herb Cook will help us set up “The Jesus Movie” for the kids to see! And we might possibly like to arrange a trip to the zoo. The kids have been asking for it and squeal at the thought of seeing all the animals, so I am wondering if we can arrange it. It will be ten dollars a child to get buses, entrance fees, and a meal. In Uganda that’s outrageously expensive. The funny thing is there will be so many adults who will want to come because they haven’t ever been to the zoo either. They might be old enough to chaperone, but they will be as wide eyed as the children.
The big news is that last weekend when we celebrated Craig’s parent’s 50th anniversary their friends made donations to Kirabo Seeds rather than give gifts to the anniversary couple. We have the funds now to begin their library! We will have their first book shelf built and I’m going to bring as many books with me as I can. I am also going to be collecting books, and find out how I can ship them to Uganda. Usually I like to go local with our funds to help generate work for the good people there, but books are another matter. A book there is so expensive, almost double what we would pay for the same book here. It’s also difficult to find a good selection of titles there, so it will be worth the effort to get our books to them.
Phiona works with the children at night, and she tells me their favorite activity is when she reads to them. They sit still and listen carefully, and then ask and answer many questions afterwards. And they don’t forget what they have learned! In their schools there are no books. The teacher writes on the board, they take notes in their notebook; they memorize and take a test. That is school. So for them to have a library means the world is going to open up to them. I hope to stock it with all sorts of non-fiction so they can learn. We’ll put picture story books in to entertain them as well. There’s something so precious about being in Uganda that strikes me every time I go: the people are so hungry to learn and have knowledge. They don’t really have access to it like we do here where it overwhelms us. They will devour the nonfiction books.
I’m so excited about this! And Yes: You can help! I’m happy to receive books and put them in the pile to deliver. They will need to be sturdy books to make the trip and endure the use of so many children though! There are many details with this project to think about but for now it’s good to know we are making steps towards giving them knowledge.I have no idea what shipping will cost, but I will learn and as usual persevere until the goal is met. If this excites you too and you’d like to participate I welcome all the help I can get. If you want to help with the zoo or the book drive, contact me : firstname.lastname@example.org make a donation to paypal and indicate how you would like the money to be used. I’ll respond to you quickly! My favorite part of my job with our non profit is connecting good people with these children and seeing their lives change for the better. The love that mushrooms is my motivation.