Greetings from the team in Kamwenge. Our trip here went very smoothly. The flights were on time — even early. Still, over twenty hours spent in a plane. John Mulindabigwe and his son Josh Mulindabigwe met us at the airport. They took us to our hotel — the Santa Maria. Yes, the Santa Maria, so naturally we took a picture of Lindsey in front of the sign for the hotel. The next day we embarked on the long journey by van to the Kamwenge School.
It was long, but having said that, the roads have improved considerably over the years, and this trip went well.
Most of us had a restless night’s sleep. We either took a series of naps or simply woke up at 3 am, not to return to sleep. We started the day with devotions led by Pastor Lindsay during a delightful breakfast. We then headed to the school to take a tour. John took us to administration, where we met the new headmaster, Medard; from there, took a tour of the new STEM center. It was simply stunning. We can hardly wait to tell you about it and show you pictures that we took. And despite all of the focus on science and technology there is a wonderful room on the top floor that is set aside for prayer and reflection, which has a tremendous view of the campus. Medard then took us on a tour of all of the secondary school classes, introducing us to every class.
We felt fine, but John astutely observed that we were exhausted. He sent us back to the Inspiration Center and told us to relax until about 4 pm. When we left, we felt we had a fair amount of energy, but . . . we all took some serious naps. Well, except for that young whippersnapper Alex.
We then returned to the school to deliver some toys to the primary school students. Then school was out, and we hung around the campus to watch young women play netball and the two soccer teams practice.
Tomorrow we hope to have more energy and look forwarding to seeing the rest of the campus and the surrounding countryside. By the way, Kathryn Hill is royalty around here!