By Jack, Mollie and Danny.
It’s been an eventful second day of teaching! Despite the early start a freezing cold shower seems to be the best way to wake up in the morning. We were welcomed by the children of Acholi quarter again as if we were famous, cheering and chanting on arrival is definitely something we could get used to!
The children experienced some real English culture when Jack and Joe decided to teach them some Oasis songs. Morale was raised on the bus to Acholi as we saw a woman wearing a Rovers shirt! (I wonder if she knows about our 4-1 win over stoke and she’s as excited as we are about Wembley!!!) There was a touchy topic within the group at dinnertime when everyone found out about one child pointing out Sayley’s ‘very big stomach’.
Despite the fun there was obviously more emotional moments today; Children outside crying because they weren’t allowed to join in with the rest and some begging for food and water as we ate ours inside the church.
It is also touching seeing children no older than 6 years old carrying and looking after babies. One boy gave a letter to a team member, stating that she needed food and clothing, to share with her friend in hospital. Despite the downs of the day it was still worth it to see the massive smiles on the children’s faces.
After our meal last night two guests from ‘I Live Again Uganda’ delivered their inspiring story of their personal experience during the Northern Uganda war. He mentioned terrifying and graphic scenes which he witnessed firsthand as a young boy, and how he narrowly escaped from the rebels with his sister. He used these stories to explain why and how he established his project to rehabilitate, repatriate and counsel countless numbers of people affected and traumatised in various ways during the war which he sadly described as ‘forgotten by the world’. The entire team was captivated and moved by the speech, and we all went to bed with some eye-opening thoughts.
The team is looking stronger every day (especially now we have stocked up on crisps and chocolate from our well deserved trip to the supermarket!) Homesickness is affecting some of us, but every night during debrief we are able to open up and anyone who needs it is comforted by the rest of the group.
We are writing this whilst getting very excited about what our hostess Sophie has cooked for us tonight, as we are lacking energy after such a long day!
Looking forward to hearing the embarrassing comments at breakfast time tomorrow so keep them coming,
Best wishes from Uganda, love the AfriDACA team!!! xxxxxxxx