Sunday, 5 June 2016

Uganda: It's a Wrap!

With mixed feelings team Uganda completed their last day of distributions.   Happy to see the 5000th child receive her bedkit.  Sad to see our amazing time here in Uganda come to an end.  We were so energized that along with our oversees partners, the Inner Wheel of Kampala,  we wished we could keep on going to more sites and give more bedkits.  One member said to me  “Jan, get more bedkits, let’s keep going.  We still have lots of energy”.  Working side by side with these ladies has been amazing.  The Inner Wheel and Scaw have worked together seamlessly as one team.  We can celebrate our accomplishments and know that we have made a difference to the lives of 5000 Ugandan children.  

A Special Welcome From the Children!
“ Welcome visitors, Welcome.  We have been waiting for you"

Jan Gayman for Team Uganda 2016

Uganda: Visiting an Orphanage!

We visited an orphanage following our successful distribution. It is new with two babies, five toddlers and four little boys ages three to four. It is a large building that can accommodate fifty children. Hoping with all our hearts there will  never be that many.

Norma and Susan for the SCAW team Uganda 2016
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Friday, 3 June 2016

Uganda: An Emotional Thank You!

Sleeping children teams interview parents of bedkit recipients, to get feedback on the items and to learn a little of how the family lives.  Today I spoke with a grandmother, Vida who is looking after her four grandchildren and her ailing mother.

When asked what she would say to the donor, Vida started to cry.  She said "It is a hard burden looking after my four grandchildren who I love dearly, and my mother.  I have no one at home to speak to, or to help me, other than God.  I pray every day for the strength to carry on.  Today my prayers have been answered.  My granddaughter will be able to sleep well on her mattress, with a bedsheet and blanket to keep her warm, and a net to protect her from mosquitoes.  My granddaughter (Adreen) loves to go to school, and the school supplies will help her.  I will pray that the donors will live a long and happy life, and that they will receive many blessings."

Vida then kneeled down and said a prayer, after which we shared a long, quiet hug.  It was a special, and an emotional time for everyone.  Vida and Adreen then waved goodbye, and grandmother and granddaughter set off carrying their bedkit on their 6 kilometre walk home.

Thank you donors for making this Sleeping Children trip possible.  Your gifts are truly making a difference in the lives of 5,000 beautiful Ugandan children.

Ted Swanston for Team Uganda 2016
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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Uganda: Small Gifts!

Mother Teresa once said, "We do no great things, we do small things with great love."  Today during a parent interview a mother said that no one had ever given her anything. This is true for so many recipients of bed kits. Such simple gifts become their greatest treasures. We thank the donors from Canada for helping us to enrich the lives of the children of Uganda one bed kit at a time.

Nancy and Jean for Team Uganda 2016
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Uganda: Wonderful Welcomes Part 2!

Team Uganda 2016