October 2012 | Uganda | Day 3
Today was a great day. We experienced torrential rain…while walking from Musana to the guesthouse after a full day of activities. Some members of the team proved wise and waited out the rain under a tree. They definitely win the award for observing what the locals were doing and following suit. The remainder of the team proved slightly less observant/wise and got to the guesthouse completely soaked. Quite a few things got really wet, but there don’t seem to be any serious casualties.
To start off the day, Haril, Director of Operations for Musana and Andrea, Executive Director gave us a great tour and overview of all the projects Musana is involved with. I would say we were all amazed at all that is going on: Nursery School, Primary School for three different groups of students – vulnerable children, local community children and a few boarding students, sponsoring 10+ students who are in a local secondary school, a poultry farm with 300 chickens with plans and space for expansion to 2,000 chickens, managing five dairy cows with space and plans for significant expansion, three tilapia fish ponds, a construction project developing new staff and volunteer housing, developing plans for a secondary and trade school and developing plans for a project to train and help with treatment with women who have been affected by HIV/AIDS…and I’ve probably forgotten a few things.
A big highlight for the day was Scott Nickell leading a group of us, including about 40 Musana staff and members of the local community, through the first two sessions of Bible 101. After getting us all started with some context we broke up into discussion groups and discussed God’s creation of the world. That was followed by the same format covering sin and the Fall. Pastor Edward did a great job of translating for Scott and the rest of the team had really good discussions with the groups we were a part of.
We finally ended the day with some of our team members leading the Musana staff, kids and our team in some Crossfit games. It was a big hit with lots of laughter and everyone having a great time. Not all of us could keep up with the kids who were playing a hot game of Duck, Duck, Goose and were not ready to quit by the time we needed to head back to the guesthouse to try to beat the rainstorm that was coming… We did not beat the storm.
Local kids getting water from Musana’s well
Loving on the kiddos
Walking and talking with the kiddos