Last Namuwongo day – where did the time go?!

I can't believe how fast this trip has gone! I have so enjoyed doing something almost every day, really visiting everyone at Ray of Hope, spending time talking about their needs in depth. Sigh. I guess there's never enough time... Today we saw Doreen, our other elderly lady. She makes beautiful paper beads, much better than the average, and she's making a lot of new and creative things. She's got a huge inventory though, so I don't think we'll give her a

May 14 – old friends

Today we saw one of our oldest - and oldest - friends. These are the 2 elderly ladies for whom we pay rent, Caroline and Doreen. Today we visited Caroline. I saw Caroline at the party last week and she looks... poorly. She hasn't been eating much, and is weak, with a persistent cough (part of the HIV symptoms at this point). I was concerned about her then, and we'd committed to getting her a half liter of milk a day, and I was thankful to see that today s...

May 11 – the long walk

Zeke went with me today, and we didn't know it, but we were going to see Jennifer. Now, we love Jennifer. Jennifer is one of the ladies who has been able to buy land, and she's doing well with her tailoring business (she received a grant last March). BUT, Jennifer lives way way way down the railroad tracks. WAY down. It's a half hour walk down there, at a pretty good clip, and that's if you don't stop. Which we did, several times. Not knowing we were going...

May 9 – visiting the community (slums) of Namuwongo

Today we visited with 7 women and discussed their business plan proposals. (I will update with the names later - I'm out of town and didn't bring that file! duh!) It looks like we'll be seeing around 20 ladies, so remembering who is doing what is going to be tricky! I've asked Christine to make me photocopies each day so that I can write notes to myself when I get back to Father's House, otherwise I'll never remember! I think half of the women we're seeing...

May 8 – Party for the ladies of Nawezakana

From my journal: Oh my gosh, one of the best days EVER. Ever. It was SUCH a great day! Wow. Just. Wow. So from that, you can gather that the party went really well! And it did... It was an amazing day! First, Emma picked us up and we went to the Nakawa market for the beans, posho, and rice. It took some time for the ladies to weigh and bag 35 bags of 1 kilo of each, but it was nice in the back of the market, surrounded by a dozen kinds of dried beans and...

Uganda!! How I love you…

I wasn't able to update the blog while I was gone, so I'm going to do what I've done in the past, and just write a post for each (interesting) day, starting with early May and going forward. I'll probably do them all in one day, so don't get confused! haha! As an overview, the trip was GREAT!  I wasn't ready to be done, but I guess it's better to leave while you're wanting to stay than to be happy to go. We got so much done in the two-plus weeks, and Ryan...