I continue to be amazed and impressed at the meals produced in the outdoor kitchens that are common here. They use charcoal for open fires and it usually takes 2-3 hours to prepare. It then takes another 2-3 hours to clean it all up. Try as we may to help, they usually decline our offer.
We traveled back to Kamwenge today and on the way Rev. John bought a couple of newspapers. They were in English and I noticed there was a Health Section so I began to read the articles. Titles included; “Why Good Hygiene Will Keep the Doctor Away”, Hygiene Means Good Health”, and Good Hygiene Cuts Health Bills”. The first article reported that 61% of Ugandans do not have access to hand washing facilities as needed for hygiene, yet hand washing with soap is an effective tool to prevent infection. The article estimates that 75% of the diseases Ugandans experience are preventable and good hygiene is a staple of that prevention. Good cleaning practices in the kitchen were discussed as well as cleaning latrines. This information is certainly needed in the bush villages in Kamwenge. We will be visiting some more homes tomorrow so hopefully we will have the chance to share some of this information.
I was able to spend time this afternoon with Joan who is the fine arts teacher at the school. She was showing me canvases she was preparing for the students.
At home, we would go to Michael’s or another craft store and purchase them.
Here she has to first build the frame, then stretch the canvas over the frame and secure it and then paint the canvas with white paint to have the white background needed.
Tomorrow, Becky is teaching basic first aid to the teachers and then we hope to spend some time with the children in the classrooms.