Today has been amazing!! My (Connie’s) suitcase finally arrived this morning after 3 days which was a really good start to the day. Bless the man that drove to the airport to collect it for me, I am extremely thankful to him. After I got my suitcase we drove up to the Acholi community for our second day teaching the children. I am based in the big church so the theme for today was music. Beth L, Beth DC, and I had the first lesson which definitely went better the second time we taught it than the first. In the first lesson it was alright we just figured that we should organise the groups properly etc etc but the second time round went a lot more smoothly:). The weather here is really weird, one minute it would be hot and sunny, then the next it would hammer it down. Really heavy rain, nothing like England at all, there would be thunder and the streets would turn into rivers. It is horrendous, and it happeneed today in the middle of an activity. Thankfully not ours haha. When school had finished for all the students, everyone who was teaching in the big church learnt how to make beads. It was really fun and I made a necklace out of the beads I made. After that we went back to Johns and we are having the nicest food ever literally a huge thank you to John's wife and friends for cooking for us every night, I think I speak for everyone when I say they never disappoint and nothing gets wasted. Today has been really really great.
Connie says 'Missing everyone, I am having a fab time and I can't wait to tell you all about it x'
Jade says 'hi mum I don't miss you x'
Beth DC, Poppy, Joanna and Tia says 'thanks for the message Molly x'
Ellie says 'I love you mum, dad and all the family, thank you for your messages. I am having lots of fun and can't wait to hear all of your messages x'
Jack says 'love you famalam ting tong x’
This couple of days have been emotional, exciting and interesting !
The lessons are going so well and teaching the children lots of colours and letters so far. Looking forward to tommorow as we are teaching numbers.
The lessons we had today were all about colours. The children loved the painting the most as it was all exciting, we put paint on their hands and printed them on to sheets of paper and they drew pictures of us with all sorts of colours and shapes. They played twister and they enjoyed it but I enjoyed it alot more I think ;) haha.
Lots of love to all my family and thanks for all kind messages as you know mum I cried! chynna xxx
Jamie says ‘missing you all thank you for all messages love you loads xx’
Paul adds: what an amazing team working so hard with such great children. Tonight we heard the story of the Acholi and why they are living in Kampala and not their homes in the north. We heard harrowing stories of the Lords Resistance Army and child soldiers and the war that took place in Northern Uganda. We interviewed three guests from the Body Shop Foundation Funded “I Live Again Uganda” programme. They provide support for former Child Soldiers. Lots of tears and deep thinking as well as so many new things learnt. What an unforgettable night. Be proud of your children but be prepared for them returning changed for good!
If you are inspired by the words or images you have seen and wish to support the work with the Acholi people then please follow the link below. Thanks from all of the team!
I was so eagerly waiting for today's blog . I am missing you so much Danushka . But not in a sad way. I know you are making the most of this trip and I know you are experiencing new things. I know how brave you are so don't let things get to you too much. Papa is a bit lost without you! No one to tell him off. You look like you are really enjoying taking part in the activities. It appears like the host is really feeding you all with good food! Enjoy
Love you loads!!!!!! Mum n dad xxx
I'm loving the daily blog entries. Keep up the fab work! Temisis we are sure missing you the house is too quiet even Master Frodo misses you! Lol
Wow, what a great days report, really interesting to see and hear what you are doing. I am sure each and everyone of you are getting so much from the trip. I know we are by reading your blogs and looking at the pictures. Some great photos of everyone, Millie loving the one of you with the young girl leaning in. I hope tomorrow brings you more joy and learns. Take care of each other. Paul, (Millie's Dad) mum is just writing her response. Xxxx Ollie Hong give you all a high five.
Loving reading these blogs and seeing the photos ( thanks for not hiding from camera Chai). Keep up the good work. X
Brilliant news-you are all doing such a fantastic job-loving the photos each day
Chyn im so so so proud of you! Your all doing so amazing! Miss you so much and cant believe how quite the house is without you. Love you youve made us all so so proud!! I absolutely love this blog I find myself checking it every hour just to make sure your having fun and doing what you do best caring for other people! X x x x
Looks amazing. Well done with your teaching again today. We are so proud of you Dee and missing you loads. Its amazing how tidy your room is lol. We need more photos its great to see what you are all up too. Really looking forward to the next blog. Love you mum, dad and fran xxx
Hi chynna its tyce.. hope your having fun and I miss you. Love you x x x
Loving your blogs and pictures guys. Keep them coming please. Jack, I hope you are having an amazing time, wish I were there too.
Chynna, I'm so happy to recieve a message from you, yes I cried lol (you know I would) We so happy to hear what your doing everyday, it's an amazing experience by the sounds of it baby, pictures are amazing, you are missed so much, keep up your good work all of you, we so proud of every single one of you. Can't wait to read the blogs everyday and like chelsie said. We checking it loads. Love you lots, mummy daddy chelsie tyce caelan , nanny grandad , shawn and Della and boys, and donna Ethan and Lou lou send there love Aswell, ohh caelan had wee wee on toilet tonight. Had to share lol xxxx
Hi sharyhs hope you ok and enjoying your experience did you get caught in the rain lol its been sunny and warm here. Missing you love you billions mum and co xxxxxxxxxxx
We are eagerly following every blog and picture for the latest activity. It is unbelievable that you are 1000s of miles away but we can be updated daily and see what you are all doing! Missing you Mel, Bubbles sends you a meow, love from Dad & Mum xx.
It's fantastic to see what you are all up to....I can see you don't miss us jade! It's very quiet here without you:)... Dad's cooking noodles tonight but it sounds as though the food is even better there...we thought we could pop over for a bit of dinner! Dad cries himself to sleep every night!. :) :d
chynna nanny and grandad miss you, the photos are fantastic and we are very proud of you and all the team for every thing you are doing.hope you are all having some fun as well makes me think how lucky we are,send our love to every one big hugs and kisses to you love you very much.nanny granddad xxxxxxx.guppey
Moved by the comments and by the pictures. Jo time you played the piano! Me well i shall indulge in the occasional!
Thanks for all the inspirational input
Jez honey,the photos are just so incredible depicting your daily experiences amongst the stunning scenery.I hope you are relishing working with and helping these very special children and we are all loving the daily blog ..Boo has taken over your room..think she is secrectly able to play xbox..the fridge is still pretty full,which is weird!Love mum xxx
Danushka, look at you talking to people and socialising, not a single book in sight. No but seriously do you have bookworm withdrawal symptoms? Also, it's nice to know Chaila is outside, amongst the world, and not bumming around our house. For once. Goodness.
Hope you're all having fun.
Your brother tried his hardest to write something nice, I saw the pain behind his eyes...
Looks like you're having an amazing time! I'm so jealous.
Come back safe and sound :)
Lots of love Patsy xxx
Hope your ok. Looks like you had a great day yesterday. You must be learning loads. Its been so nice being able to see your write up's and pictures each day, (although seemed later than normal, lol).
Hope you having an amazing time and enjoying what you're doing.
Take care, Loads of Love Dad, Mum, Alfie and Joey. xxxx
Well done guys, looks like you're achieving great things! Have loved reading all the stories & seeing all the wonderful smiling faces. Sending you all lots of love from New Zealand! Kate (Miss Amans' big sis ��) xxx
Great blog girls. I was looking forward to it all day. Keep up the good work everyone. Connie, everyone sends hugs. You have a few followers on here. So glad your case arrived at last. Phew. Love you love from
Hello sweetie , hope you have a great day today. Looking forward to tonight blog and pictures. Bro and patsy have commented above. I think they are missing you too. Neelesh cannot believe you are not a book ??
Like Patsy said it must have been hard for him to write the blog!!
Love you loads mammi
Hi Bryony, great to see a photo of you yesterday, we were beginning to wonder if you were still there!
The photos look fantastic, what an experience, and to top it off it sounds like the food is excellent, you must be in your element.
All is well over here, friends and neighbours are always asking after you.
Lots of love Dad, Mum, Charlotte and the others.
Hi Mopsy. I feel so,so proud of all of you out there, you are all fantastic people. Missing you huge sweetheart, but in a good way. Make the most of it hon, give all you can and enjoyment will follow.
There are so many smiles on the photos it is just wonderful to see. The blogs have been so good to read,thank you. We all love you so much. Cosmo is draped round my neck as I type, sending big purrs!!
Never forget how much we love you.
Mama Jules and co! xxx
Please please please may we see some more pictures of Miss Peach ? There hasn't been any these last two times and we do miss her too !
Love her partner and children xxx
Jezzy - The one thing that I don't miss about you going away, is getting up every morning and having to wait 40 minutes for you to get out of the shower! I've actually been on time to work everyday!
I hope you're having an amazing time lil bro bro xx
Hello sweetie. Dad has gone to London today so I'm trying to get as much done. Aunty Tina sends her love and uncle Avi too. Just spoke to nanny and aunty kavita. They are all so proud of you. Nanny was worried you will starve yourself so I told her no chance! Pooja and pal are jealous you get to travel and do these wonderful things. Vimal sends his love too
Anyway loads of love. Looking forward to today's blog!!
Hi Els me again, the pictures look fantastic and you all look like you are doing a magnificent job. I am so proud right now and i really hope you are making the most of every opportunity along the way to make new friends and learn as much as you possibly can. I hope the lessons go well for you and i am so looking forward to your blog to hear how they went. Wishing everyone so much luck and hey Chynna Love you lots too. Love you Els xxx
Oh and by the way there still seems to be chocolate bars and crisps in the cupboard !! Weird that seeing as you don't eat any lol !!! Xxxxx
It is lovely to read your blogs, and the photos are great. I hope you're all having the most amazing experience! A massive shout out to Toni (Mrs Harris) and Jez from all of us ;-) can't wait to hear all about your time in Uganda. No doubt Jez will come back fluent, with yet another language to add to his very long list to keep his Science class entertained haha! Have fun making memories, Kate (Miss Masanjika) x
Hello Danushka again. Your friends probably think I have too much time in my hands! Very true. If you were I would probably be thinking ' what to cook for my one and only daughter'..
I was looking through the pictures again and all your friends look so happy. All mums and dads are so happy that all you kids are doing such a great job there. Chai law it's good to see you sitting up and active and not throwing yourself around on the floor!! Jaimie you look so happy and cheerful. All you girls and boys enjoy your stay in Uganda . Cannot wait for tonight's blog and pictures
Oh it's meant to be Chaila in my previous comment. Typing error. Sorry
Hi joanna. Great photos and blog. Another inspiring day.... I found your hair brush today, under the shoe box in the hall! I'm sure it's not a priority anymore. Love you so much.xxxx
Great job team! It's awesome seeing you all hard at work with such amazing people in a community close to my heart. Keep it up and really get stuck in for the rest of the week. And please take care of Paul, Helen, Gillian and Hannah. They are very special to me and I'd very much like them (and all of you!) to come back in one piece! Enjoy the rest of your time there, and make every second count.
Hello our beautiful Katy, it was a lovely photo of you laughing with the children.I said you would make a good teacher.Annabelle told me about your lessons changing ,that's rubbish but you will still do well.It's very quiet without you and Mr Chapman,I still have ham in my fridge,I wonder why.Everyone at work say's hello.Only 3 more days then it's offical you're all grown up.Have a good evening everyone and well and don't let the bugs bit(are there lot's?) miss you loads mum dad and Jack xxx
It all looks very impressive and great experience...really thought today's blog showed great maturity. Jade...hope your spelling is up to scratch!!!
Hi Tia it is really quite here without you. You are looking really good in some of those pictures Evie is counting down the sleeps until you come home. Take care miss you loads love mum
Great to hear all that you have done and are going to do! Great pics too!
Keep up the great blogs and enjoy the rest of the week :)
Shout out to Toni and Jez!! :-) oh and Siggs ;-)
Jamie, we love you.
Jallee says 'hope you're having a great time. Missin you but very busy with Minecraft!
Thank you to all involved looking after you, John and family must be fab people.
You are all fab, loving the photos and blog - we always want to see and hear more!
Love you loads x
Where did my comment go, it was there yesterday!!!
My comment yesterday, which has disappeared, was."I read your blog and it brought a tear to my eye. Sounds as though you are having an amazing time, keep up the good work, an experience to treasure. Lots of love x x
P.S a special hello to Miss Amans
Wow BIG WOW This is amazing what your doing sweetie - all of you - you must be so so proud of you self as we definitely are.
Looking at these blogs & the pictures of the kids smiling and having fun with you all - perfect !! Enjoying seeing your pictures huni
keep up the fab work Chynna & friends
Love u lots
Aunty Della, Uncle Shawny; ) - Mason & Shay xxxxxxxx
Hi Team Uganda and especially hi to Hannah from Mama and me! Looks like you're all having a great time. Good to get to see a. Purple of shots of you in action Hannah. You all seem to doing and grand job. Can't wait to see you and all your pics! Say hi to Paul from me - Mim is off for the day with Patrick at Marwell - warming up for Zambia next year. See you soon - God bless - luv Mama and Pops xXx
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