The day began in Mbarara at the Rhino Motel. After eating breakfast and packing, Josh picked us up and drove us to the Inspiration Center. While the trip is two hours long, the time flew. From the front, the van was filled with the chatter of The van was filed with the sounds of happy chatter, as the team discussed the joys of the trip, possible methods to improve our delivery of God’s plan for KSVS.
After dropping our belongings at the Inspiration Center, we went to the school and toured the last part of KSVS, the woodworking and carpentry shop. Patrick explained how the class worked, and showed us the bunkbeds that the class has been building as a project. The building is old and not entirely secure, and a new one is in the planning stages. The new building will allow the school to have more modern woodworking tools, because there will be more electrical outlets and a secure building. And yes, we got a list: hammers, 12 mm chisels, a number 5 Stanley planer, and gloves.
The afternoon hit a few rough patches as we struggled to connect with the local hospital to obtain the needed immunizations and then struggled to find the necessary thermometer to ensure that the vaccinations would be stored at the right temperature. Our patience was tested — and it did not help that it hit 96 degrees that afternoon.
But we dare not complain, because Simon and the school’s culinary class prepared a marvelous lunch for us — including heart shaped red cookies! Guba Matimaa!
We were then allowed to attend the debate club’s weekly debate at 4 pm. There were four students on each team debating this proposition: Do the policies of the Uganda government cause unemployment. Now, lest you get the wrong impression, this
was not a debate team conducting a scholarly debate in isolation. The teams debated in front of about 100 students. Subject to the direction of the moderator, the “audience” might interrupt with points of order and questions. Of course, the other team might interrupt with points of order and questions as well. At times it resembled a debate in the House of Commons in Great Britain. (Note, some team members thought the lawyer in the group, the one who took five pages of notes, may have been having too much fun enjoying the spectacle).
We then departed to the meeting of the health club. Kathryn and Sarah were in their element and simply shone. And boy is that health club ever doing things. They are not just studying, they are taking concrete steps to improve the hygiene at the school. Their work is not limited to the school. They perform outreach as well, going out into the community to teach good health and hygiene practices.
Josh then delivered us to the Inspiration Center, for another delicious meal. (We are being treated like Kings and Queens!). Poor Josh. After dinner we peppered him with questions about the issues raised in the debate and he patiently explained many current economic and political issues in Uganda.
Tomorrow: A trip to the local hospital, perhaps some more football games as the KMVS soccer teams advance to the next round of the playoffs, and undoubtedly some surprises. Guba Matimaa.