Another exciting week

Trip Start Jul 11, 2009
Trip End Jun 10, 2010

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Mpabwe village health centre

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hey all
another exciting and cultural experience on site, i suppose with peopl having hangovers on the night before didnt help them on the ride on the Mutoka ride up there, hey Uganda vodka not always the best drink to have for a night out!!
On site was defintily better this week, i didnt feel as sick ad my stomach is now back to normal which is absolutley awesome!!!!!!!! i tried to get involved as much as i could to make up for last week, it was definitely a scorcher for the weather this week.
We helped build the ramps this week and we got to write our names on the cement, so maybe in the future if i ever come back i names will be there foreever wicked!!!
it was a great week though, the group had a newbie called amy and because of last wek the week was better cos we all got to know each other so well so we all worked well as a team :)
also we had amzing breakfasts pancakes and chipatis you cant go wrong there really :) Ben our chef who we pay to come on site is an amzing cook and in the evening we had chicken curry and beef curry and a curry based pasta, curry paste is used in evry meal as you can see, its nice to have a filling meal after a hard days work, but seriously the carbs are stil an issue with my sytem so i tried to lay off them.
this week cos we were on site before the drop holes werent an issue as much and we made our own toilet for the day time so we didnt have to go into the fly infested place, also we were used to using a washing bucket ofr cleaning ourselves, i just imagine myself ast a festival thats how i se the camping situation :)
i learnt so much from how the Ugandans builidng site works from workign on the main building, the buiilderd got so much doen over the weekend and the roof was on, they will be finshed in notime now, Ugandans really know how to use sources, from the meal last week at the village where they use lettuce leaves as the oven gloves, to now findng out that banana planation is an amazing crop!! i can be used as skipping rope for the kids, but now can also be used as a biodegardeble funnel, we place a huge tube of the planatation in the edge of the slopes to the building, over time it will biodegrade to let water pass through, how eco friendlyt is that!! The ugandans sure know how to use sources for evry purpose!!!
it was also mazing to see how the village communityu got involved!!!! women spent all morming geting water for us for the cement, when we went to the watering hole too the kids took our cans and started filling it up, we werent having that though we said we would do it, serously htough such amzingly lovely people, and just so giving and helpful ive learnt mnore about the vilage life everyday on site!! at one point a vilage women gave me her baby to hjold when she went o get water,ive never held a baby in my life!!!! it was so bessotted and confusded cos i wasa white it was rather funny, but when i gave heer to elles, who has blonde hair she was even more lost :)
it was lovely at the last day thogh after having an experience of a bat in our room, whihc Ben the cook kindly got rid off, and fter a week of having a live chicken plcuked and killed after seeing it alive, this is africa the true african experienve :) we all walked to the village with two of the builders Musa and Simon, as we walked we were like pied piper with all the little children following us and also one poitn a cow, but all the adults waved to us they really loveed us being there and helpign and they always smiled.
Simon took us to the tinyiest african pub if you can \call it a pub to be honest, (someones front room) we had a nice coke and got to know Simons histry, where apparently he was an amzing footballer, ooo very interesting, also though i got tofind out that the drought and weather here is awfully bad, the wqorst theyve ever seen, peeople were dieing where we staying further out because of the dry weather, i couldnt believe that now i felt even more grateful for the food i could get here!
Simon oopend his heart to us though, i felt kinda of emotional too he said how gratfeul he was for us coming out, even though we hadf to let the bulders get on with some kind of the work and at poiints you do feel useless cos you cant help, but hey none of us are trained in the bulding trade, they all know what they are doing, he said that it was our money and our efforts to help that everyone was so gratfeul for, and it hit me that actually ye we have donated to a worethy cause we have given momney to help little kids, and the there were kids outsde the pub door staring at us, like you get everywhere in Uganda, im used to it now we gwt to help these kids now go to shool and learn, and i left the site after having loads of photos with the kids and feeling quite sad for leaving because we got to know the bilders so well, welearnt about uganda from them and they learnt about the english life from us, it was sad to leave, 'Welbala' which means thank you in Swahili was used a lot when we were leavng and also in the pub from the boss of the mothers union who came in and thanked us all individually, its amazng to some out on site to see where your money is actually going, and to see that your money has gone directly to the charity , i thnk we al feel we have helped!

the whole week was topped off with a posh meal in Jinga and the taxi ride home in a five man car with 9 of us in, i think thats probably one of the most illegal things ive done, and seeing the driver share his seat with Reck ive never laughed as much before in my life!!!!!
an amzing week!!! xxxxx
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