Good morning everyone! I have to admit that I have been so sick with cold I have not had time to update you all. The team continues to work hard with each child, finding out what things they enjoy and getting wonderful info to report back to sponsors. Some kids love to draw, others love writing and the kids all do something around the home. Helping in the kitchen involves sun up to sun down commitment.
Working on laundry takes all day, by hand and then dried over a bush.. Folding laundry is an option, and not a very popular one. Yesterday we ventured on the bus to take our younger kids to the farm in Buggali village. It is a truly beautiful experience to see the shear volume of food we produce! Enough to feed a family of 100 and to sell in the market. The bus ride over was fun and we saw our big young men, Tom and John, all setting posts and hanging wire to protect others from "helping themselves" to Tender Mercies' bounty.
No one in this area goes without something to eat, the blessings of food are shared with everyone. There is not one item of food, clothing or resources that goes wasted in this area! We have reached 1:00 pm and we are all digging deep for energy. The adults rush home for lunch, change into proper village clothes and board the bus for a celebration. Let me tell you, words cannot describe our upcoming events. We are greeted by costumed. Dancers celebrating their upcoming tradition of circumsicion.
This is a tradition followed by certain tribes in the villages. Our children do not follow tribal traditions or make decisions like this until they are older. The dancing ushered us into a procession of people giving thanks to AidSpirit for giving them life, CLEAN WATER! There are hundreds of people dancing, singing and bringing gifts of fruit and sugarcane to our feet. It truly is a jubilation.
Weebelee, Weebelee! Thank you, Thank you they chant for hours, as they give speeches, bring food and bow down in joy! Tonight I will try and catch up with all of you and describe the progress AIDSpirit and Tender Mercies is making in Adult Literacy and voc training. All of us thank you for giving us this opportunity to represent YOU, THE SPONSORS AND DONERS!