The children in our Kirabo Seeds home have been keeping busy during their holiday break. It is hard to imagine they will be going back to school in just three weeks. Kiah comes daily to tutor the children so they have the opportunity to improve their reading and writing skills with English. It’s great practice for them to respond to letters from their sponsors. I know for myself when I was learning spanish the hardest thing to do was to write a paragraph in Spanish. I agonized over the details trying to get it all exactly right. My brain just wanted to quit after doing a simple paragraph. I am not only pleased but so impressed with how hard they are trying to learn English.
The children are learning to make the paper beads. It is a good and productive way for them to use their idle time. It is also a social event gathering around being busy with their hands, chatting and laughing about life together. It makes me think about how women long ago used to gather to make a quilt on a large frame. They all would work together to make a single thing that would be either a wedding gift or be sold. It’s not much different than the social time I get to enjoy at the barn. All the horse moms are busy caring for our big babies, but we get to know each other so well. We help problem solve with horse issues, and when necessary come along side and lend a hand. Our children are learning to make the bracelets we sell here in the United States. Won’t it be perfect for me to be able to sell the bracelets that the children made themselves?
They are being taught to contribute to their own cause. It isn’t good for anyone to ride along on a handout. Everyone must help out to raise the support we need to keep the family going in Uganda. This is why every Saturday they go to the garden and help with raising the crops. They take care of the chickens. And now they are learning to make crafts we can sell. What this amounts to is we are raising children to have a strong work ethic. Craig and I are staunch believers in hard work. When our own boys want something our first question is, “what are you going to do to earn it?” It doesn’t cross our minds to give it to them.
In October when I travelled home from Uganda I brought four suitcases loaded with crafts I bought at the market. I am so happy to report that we are nearly sold out. These sales help us keep the van in fuel, help us pay the salaries of our faithful workers, and provide shelter for all. We haven’t quite met our budget with funds, but I trust and believe we are well on our way. It is most encouraging for me to see the children participate in making this happen. It won’t be long before they are able to open a small business in Uganda. Some day we’ll have piglets to sell! We are already selling some of our produce from the garden. Phiona’s mom has a stall where she sells coal, and she’s been selling our home grown vegetables there. Hard work always pays off. And all those people we have known who tried to take what didn’t belong to them, I am quite sure they have been left with less than they originally had. Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.