Day 16: A day at Primary 2

Getting used to the African habits, Julie, Amy and Lilly didn’t leave to Kampala yesterday, instead this morning at 6 am. Normally that’s the time I wake up, however from now on I can start school at 9 am. I didn’t ask for this change, but I guess when they saw me in the evenings I always looked exhausted. Such long days at school every minute surrounded by the kids is really tiring, although I’m still enjoying all the attention!

At 9 am I entered the P2 class. The teacher was just about to leave, so I corrected the exercises of the 30 kids! There was one boy, Bright, who was continuously disturbing others including me. I got very annoyed, after my final warning I told him to sit somewhere else. That’s the moment I realized that boy didn’t have legs. For a second I was in shock and felt really bad, when I saw that kid climbing with his arms in between the benches. It was the first time I saw this boy, but I had heard many stories about him. He used to come to school more often, until the father realized he could “use” the boy’s accident to make money. He refused his son to go to school and sent him on the streets for begging. From that moment on Bright lost all control and started to behave badly and aggressive. After the father received several warnings from Child Africa he probably got scared and sent his son back to school today. I honestly was a bit scared of this boy at certain times, when I was sitting one row behind him, he wasn’t copying the chalkboard rather turned around looking very seriously into my eyes. I feel bad for this boy, it seems he used to be a nice student, unfortunately the terrible influence of his father totally changed him!

Luckily this day also has many happy stories. Catherine was among the P2 students, when I entered she was sitting on the bench with the new schoolbag I gave her, she didn’t remove it one second, even when we went for lunch. It is wonderful to see how these kids appreciate such small gifts, thinking about it still touches a little part of my heart.

Another happy story was when Catherine had to stand in front of class and give some news (her name? age? what she ate yesterday? and who her friends are?) This last answer really made me wanna cry, the first name she said was “Larissa”. I think we found our “sponsor child”, my mother and Erik want to sponsor one of the Child Africa children. The best part is that my mom’s name is Catherine as well! I hope we can help this lovely girl towards a great and bright future!

Today we did arts and crafts and made a paper hat which they had to shade. I got all of them as a little gift, aren’t they lovely?!

I also received many letters from the P2 class, these texts made me smile the whole day! Don’t those little mistakes make it all even better 🙂 ?!

The whole day was quite packed: I played volleyball with the older kids, went to a meeting (Friday a sponsor parent will visit the school so we need to make sure he receives an unforgettable welcome) and in the evening I went with Paddie “shopping” for cloth, I really want someone to make me a perfectly fitted African dress. So far no material which really grabbed my attention, but this story will be continued 😉 !

Day 3: local markets and last day at the hotel

The sun was shining, the weather was sweet! After breakfast I went with a colleague of my mom, Inge, to the ‘ national  theater’, an arts and crafts market in Kampala.  I love to stroll around the African markets, looking at the beautiful colors, talking to the locals and of course taking pictures.

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ImageI bought an African bag, yep I’m starting to feel like a local already or at least I’m trying to integrate bit by bit :-)! Afterwards, we went to a very local fruit market, where we probably were the only 2 tourists. We didn’t make a great choice of  fruit stand, in between a box full of living crickets and one with fried crickets, my appetite couldn’t be bigger.. Inge had a hard time negotiating with the fruit sellers, but she managed to get the price she wanted. 20,000 Ugandan shilling for 2 pineapples (6 euro)?!!! t0 finally pay about 1 euro each. Same story with the avocados, mango’s and vanilla pods.

Now I’m waiting at the hotel for Julie of ‘Child Africa’ to pick me up. I will stay one night at their house in Kampala and from tomorrow on I will visit the schools, first stop is at the Child Africa school, located right on the Equator and afterwards a long drive to Kabale where I will stay until the end of June!

Let the real African adventures begin!