Only a short drive to Kimwanyi from Banda today. An impressive welcome to the school by a huge line of clapping children accompanied by dancers in traditional dress. As ever our dancing skills left a lot to be desired!
Then onto the home of Pastor Dickson, his charming wife Linda and delightful little son Theophilus (one of 5) for a second breakfast, which included liver which we politely declined!!,
Headmistress Peace has only been at the school for a month, having transferred from Kikonke but is already making her mark. She was rightly proud of her school as we toured the classrooms, before the traditional welcome and energetic singing accompanied by more dancing. It is always a delight to hear the children sing songs about CHI with words they have put together themselves.
Then down the hill from the school to see the water pump and eucalyptus plantation (no carrying water up the hill this time though, as the pump is out of action!). A distraction was a column of safari ants which did not appeal to Carmen.
The whole school gathered to meet us, a sea of pink uniforms, even if some were torn and worn out. One little boy in his ragged tee shirt approached us afterwards, touching Pauline’s hand and pointing to the holes in his tee shirt, he was obviously desperate for a uniform so he could be the same as his peers.
We then met Imran, one of two abandoned children taken in by elderly ‘grandmother’ Mariam. He was a bit frail as he was just recovering from a bout of malaria. Lunch followed and thankfully Imran was included to sit with us – a rare treat for him.
In the afternoon we visited the Health Clinic, and caught up with Prossy, our sponsored nurse, and the newly appointed senior nurse Agnes, only one week into her new post. As ever the clinic is short of medicines (apart from HIV treatment available free from the government), but they are still doing sterling work in their community with blood tests and vaccinations.
One patient was in the labour ward, where Carmen and Pauline listened to the baby’s heartbeat using a Pinard. As we were typing this blog we received a message to say the mother had given birth to a baby girl.Thankfully she did not need the incubator seen in this picture.
A small child was receiving treatment for malaria, she was yelling as apparently it is painful.
It was great to catch up with old friends including Sister Mary whom we met in 2013 and 2016 as she came back from retirement for the day.
Kimwanyi has had its challenges since Canon Patrick left but is on the up again since Reverend Dickson arrived, and now approximately 120 attend church. So many places in Uganda have similar challenges to Kimwanyi but with Dickson and Peace at the helm we feel that this community has an exciting future.