S: UGANDA 20l0
1: Kampala Pakwach & Murchison Falls National Park | UGANDA | April 20l0 | Edward
2: We went to Uganda to see Cari, one of our missionaries who has started a preschool in Kampala and to see land and a camp that James, another of our missionaries, has found for us to begin a missionary training center. Grant & I have never been to Uganda or anywhere in Africa. It was a new experience for us. We absolutely loved it. The people were welcoming and the children were happy.
3: Tiny stores dot the landscape all across Uganda. The people are hard workers . Clean water is scarce and all of it needs to be boiled. AIDS has taken it's toil here. 53% of the population consists of children under the age of l5. There are many child led households with children orphaned from AIDS.
4: sugar cane | bananas | There were lots of vegetable stands along the way. | f | in | in the
5: Hotel Africana is a little restaurant by our hotel that we passed each morning. | This lady was frying plantain.
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8: Scenes along the road to Cari's school.
9: The struggle for water is great in Uganda. Most people have to carry it from wells found sporadically around town. In Pakwach the people drink the water from the Nile. If you don't boil it you will get parasites. Children hauling water in yellow jugs on their heads is a common site in Uganda.
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11: These slums were behind the hotel where we stayed in Kampala. For some reason, the poverty in Uganda doesn't seem as bad as the poverty in India. Still...they are very poor. However, the children in the slums seemed happy.
12: Edward loves school and asked me to get him a new pair of shoes and some pencils and a math set. He also loves soccer or football so Grant took him a soccer ball. We played with him and his friends for a bit that afternoon in the slums.
13: This is Edward. He is the boy we sponsor in Kampala. We got to meet Edward at his home where he lives with his grandmother. Both of his parents have died of AIDS. He is polite and quiet and a gentleman even at the age of ll. I was excited to meet him. He just recently lost his brother to malaria. When we came home from Uganda, Eric got malaria and was really sick. Edward's grandmother is a witch doctor. We pray that Edward would know Jesus one day, that he would continue going to school, and that he will be healthy and happy. | This is Edward's school. He has progressed to P3 since we have sponsored him. We are so proud of him.!
14: Vision of Destiny Preschool | Cari has been in Uganda for almost three years now. She started the preschool for the poor and orphaned children in the nearby slum. Many have AIDS. Last year she had six children. This year she has 60. Her work with the children is an inspiration to us. | '
15: While the children are at school, they are fed a snack and a meal each day. Even when school is out they can come by and get something to eat 365 days a year. They also hear about Jesus daily and even study the Bible. While we were there, they were learning about Revelation. | Cari is making a difference in Uganda one child at a time. The children play safely and happily at her school. They are hugged each day and loved. I can think of no better way to spend your life.
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22: Prisma | While we were in Kampala we stayed at the Prisma Hotel. I thought it was really nice and clean. They didn't have electricity that week but that didn't bother us. It was close to Cari's school and I could walk there in a few minutes. Perfect. | The
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31: This was one of my favorite moments on safari. | This little monkey sat contentedly eating his coconut. The coconut was "green" but he didn't seem to mind. I watched him for some time and he watched me. I loved looking into his eyes 'cause he looked back..
39: Pakwach is a tiny village next to Murchison Falls National Park. It is very poor and needs wells for fresh water. The people are very friendly and the children are very happy.! I so enjoyed playing with them. I handed out Smarties for fun and they loved tasting the sugar. | I thought this little hut was beautiful.
40: This little lady was precious. She was asking me to take her picture.
41: These photographs were taken at the common market in Pakwach. I found the people to be very friendly and open. | I was having such a good time that Eric had to come and find me.!
42: The children always capture my heart. They were precious in Pakwach too, don't you think.! | The Children of
44: the | Eric has wanted to start a missionary training center in Africa for several years now. James, one of the missionaries with Heart of God, went to Uganda and found this piece of property in northern Uganda. It sits right on the Nile and was available to lease. Now plans for the center are under way and a new work to reach the remote tribes of Africa has begun. | Night | A classroom. | The well. | The houses overlooking the Nile.
45: I became friends with the staff at the Oasis. Night, pictured with me in the picture on the left, is really sweet and friendly. I'm looking forward to seeing her later this year. The ladies cooked three meals for us each day. They spoiled us as best they could.! | This building has bedrooms for rent. | This is a classroom. | The property sits right on the Nile. | The dinning room. | The cooks who fed us well.
46: What does it take to change a life? Is it beyond our reach to really make a difference? Perhaps the commitment is too great. Does it require too much money? Too much time? Too much emotion? Sometimes God stands someone before you and tells you plainly - this one is yours. He's your responsibility Help Me help him. This is Savior Oteema. I met him in Pakwach, Uganda, at the camp where we were staying. He caught my attention because all the other children were yelling and playing happily around me - "Look! A foreigner! A mzungu!" - but he stood quiet and motionless at the gate. I stopped what I was doing and looked at him as the chaos continued around me. I was handing out Smarties, | The Boy Who Didn't Play
47: those little tablets of sweet sugar, one by one to the kids. Then I would take their picture and show them their faces on my camera. This caused an eruption of laughter every time and more candies and more pictures. But all along, in the background, stood this tiny boy. His feet never moved. His arms hung down on each side. The expression of deep sadness on his face never changed. I walked over to him and bent down on his level. A tear slid down his cheek. My eyes welled up immediately. I put a Smarty in his hand. He held on to it but didn't eat it. I ate one to show him it was ok. He bit a tiny piece off. I gave him another and smiled at him. By that time the kids had all gathered around me so I stood up and walked back over to the van I'd gotten out of to get more Smarties. I continued to play with the neighborhood kids for quite some time and watch the little boy by the gate who never joined in and never smiled. That night in bed I prayed about him. "God, if I can help him remind me tomorrow and I'll do it. Is he too far gone? Tell me what to do." In the morning I immediately thought of him when I woke up. I hadn't said a word to Eric about him until then. I told Eric and asked him if Alex, the man who ran the camp, could help me take the boy to the doctor. Eric left and came back and said that yes, Alex would help if we could find the boy. I knew I could find him because I wouldn't give up until I did. I had his picture in my camera. All I had to do was ask the children where he lived and they would lead me straight to him. Foreigners are a rare site at the camp we stayed in along the Nile. I could look out my window and see it's wide, smooth water just beyond the trees. It's a beautiful place but a hard place to live. There is no electricity in Pakwach and few have running water and even with that, you can't drink it. You still have to boil it. This is where the little boy lived. In a round hut within site of the Nile river. The children had been waiting for me to appear that morning. When I asked them they took me to the boy's grandmother and she came out immediately to meet me. She had heard that there were foreigners at the camp. I told her what I wanted to do. Relief came across her face. I could tell that she was deeply worried about her grandson. "What is his name," I asked? "It's Savior. Savior Oteema. Thank you, thank you. Please take him to the doctors." Savior stood there and began to shake and cry. The foreigner had come for him. And she was taking him away!- in a van! I realized that I was frightening him and didn't want him to become traumatized. I asked two of his cousins to go with me and the two older boys grabbed him up and put him crying into the van. The ride to the doctor took three minutes. Help was only three minutes away but without money, this child would die in sight of the clinic. His tummy was sticking out you see - far. It was bloated and huge and swollen. I really hadn't seen many children in this condition in Uganda, surprisingly. When we arrived at the doctor's clinic the lady behind the desk spoke sharply to me. She didn't want to treat him. This made Alex mad. They would not treat a child brought in by a foreigner. Alex stood his ground and I did too. I decided I'd wait them out. I'd sit on that bench with Savior until they grew weary of looking at my smiling face. I would be nice, kind, and PATIENT. I'd wait them out. I think she could tell I wasn't one to give up. She asked me to bring Savior to the courtyard in the back behind the building. "Give him a bath. He's too dirty to see," she said and placed a bar of soap in my hand and a tub of water at our feet and walked off. Now Savior had just stopped crying but I knew it would begin again.
48: I had to take his clothes off and bath him. As I did he began to quietly cry and so did I. Men don't give children baths. That's women's work. I talked to him softly and told him that it would be ok, I wasn't going to hurt him, he'd feel better tomorrow when we got him some medicine. I cried and he cried. "God, please let this be something treatable." After his bath, the woman took a sample from him and a lab technician looked at it under a microscope. He came immediately for me. "Which one is sick?" he asked. I pointed to Savior. He looked me straight in the eye, "He is very ill. Do you understand this?" "Yes," I said, "that's why I brought him here today." The lab technician gave him three kinds of medicine: one for a tape worm that was fully grown in his tummy and two for parasites that had also taken up residence there. "Don't miss a dose." And that was it. We happily got into the van. Even Savior went willingly this time. He'd stopped crying and realized that I was not going to hurt him. In the van I gave him fresh water to drink. The water in the Nile, the water that Savior drinks, is fine if you boil it. I don't think his grandmother had been boiling it long enough. Maybe she didn't have the money to buy the charcoal to burn to boil it. I would ask her these things. When we arrived back at his home, his grandmother came running out of her hut. I gave her the medicines and gave Savior his first dose. I handed it to him myself. I told her not to share the medicine with the other children. This medicine will only work on Savior. She understood. She understood completely so she pushed three more of her grandchildren in front of me. I was on my knees in that red, now familiar dirt, and lifted up their shirts. There were the bulging tummies. Alex said to me, "You can't save them all, Staci." I thought for a moment and then replied, "No, I can't," I said, "but I can save the ones that God stands before me." With this he smiled. I stood up and gave him more money. "will you take these three in this afternoon?" I asked him. "Of course," he said. "I'll do it today." It cost $2.50 to save Savior's life.
49: He swung his little feet back and forth, back and forth while he waited. | Savior's cousins were so excited to ride in the van with us, but Savior didn't share in their enthusiasm. I think he didn't know if he would go back home or not. | It turned out that the doctor wasn't even there. A lab technician diagnosed Savior.
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