One of Silas’ friends here in Kampala is Christine - she lives next door, and since completing her O-levels 2 weeks ago, has been around a lot more. She is a lot of fun, and has taken the time to play with Silas which is great for us. Although Silas is doing well and doesn’t seem to get too bored with just his dad and mum around(!), he really does miss the friends he made at New Hope. Afternoons can sometimes seem long as he waits for Joel and Anya to get back from school...so - we are very thankful for Christine ...and any grass skirts that Silas chooses to wear!
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Sunday lunchtime is a good time to get together....and people come when there is food on offer - especially students!! For those of us further on in life - do you remember the days craving a home made dinner, which, when it came (as a change from the student staple of beans on toast) was like a taste of heaven? We are hoping to invite young people who have been through New Hope and are now in Kampala studying at university, doing A-levels, or taking vocational courses, to come for a meal every now and again.
A chance to reconnect with their ‘brothers and sisters’ from New Hope, for us to catch up with them, and of course to eat!
One thing that can be lacking for an orphan is the ongoing interest that key adults take in you as you progress through life. Some of the children we live and work with become very self dependent because they are so used to having to make decisions alone, and are not used to having people take a long term interest in how they are doing. This is something that we feel we can offer as ‘parents’ in their lives. It is low key but helps them feel valued and known.
Our numbers have hugely reduced now that the Investment Year students have finished their final placements and gone back to New Hope.. this saturday even Steve was away - he was also at New Hope to run the 'hand-over'. When one IY finishes those students hand over to the next group - it's a chance to tell stories from the year, eat a meal together, and pass on information to the parents / guardians of the incoming students.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Anyone who has been to Uganda will know that matooke (big green bananas that you have to cook) is one of the favourite dishes. There is a particular way to peel, prepare and cook it, and it is generally the ladies job to do the preparing. I have been allowed to help in the cooking process before, but there is normally some level of surprise that a mzungu (white man/lady) can manage this particular task. It is a bit of a treat so we don't generally have it here with the IYs...and its also a bit of a fiddle to prepare! Cathie was my teacher/instructor on this occasion.
Silas has been doing a topic about cars in school (his suggestion!), so a trip to the mechanics was in order! We have (sadly), got to know this particular garage quite well since our move to Kampala, as our car has had to have some substantial work done on it. Silas had a great time though .....with lots of pointing at crucial car parts .....Steve on the other hand had a slightly more frustrating visit... : our car has been making a strange squeaking sound since its last 'fixing' and Steve was going to check it out. He took it in to have a test drive so they could listen and make a diagnosis. Trouble was, there was no sound at all from the car ..(just steve trying to re-create the high itched 'eeeeessskkkkk' sound himself). The car behaved perfectly until it got to within sniffing distance of our house here and then the squeaking returned!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
A pretty normal saturday here in the IY household. We generally do cleaning and jobs in the morning - today we sanded down benches than needed a coat of varnish - heavy work..but there were plenty of us.
and the two girls Zam Zam and Fiona had been invited out to an end of term party at a school where they have previously worked on their placement...so they were all dolled up and ready to party - at 9.30 in the morning which was quite a challenge for both of them!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Today at Joel and Anyas School it was 'Rainbow Day' in the primary section- they celebrate the great diversity of cultures represented within the school ..over 60. Children dress up in the colours of their nations flag, and there are various activities plus food tasting related to the different continents. Thanks to a masterful outfit made by her mum Anya got to be in the parade! Kathryn got involved in painting Henna on childrens' palms in the Asia section.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
We have a good friend here in Kampala - Judith - who has lived here in Uganda for over 30 years. She is a bit like an adopted granny for us out here. Well - she has recently bought and begun building on land near to Lake Victoria in Entebbe. We all went out to celebrate the work so far (feeble excuse for a bit of a picnic!). We ate under the little cook shelter and let off some chinese lanterns once it got dark. Anya even wrote a little poem to mark the occasion. There is still a long way to go as you can see - so time for plenty more celebratory picnics!!
On Saturday it was the boys on cooking lunch ...as you can see they really took the task to heart and made the most of their role serving us beautifully!! These two are James and Silver ..both are doing placements on construction sites. Where they got the ties from is anyones guess - certainly not Steves wardrobe! (the white stuff is the staple posho that we all eat a few times a week .... its kind of like stiff semolina!)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
One great advantage of having a house full with teenagers is that there are plenty of big 'brothers and sisters' for Joel, Anya and Silas. The house we are in is a typical city house here - not much outside space and walls surrounding what space there is. The children - of all ages - make full use of any available space, but it has been great for our three to have others around who are more able to play, apart from just their ageing parents! We are very grateful for these young people and the way they accept our own children.....
One of Silas' first reading books is called 'The Pancake'....of course providing the perfect excuse to cook pancakes for morning snack. He certainly takes after Steve in his culinary expertise ... we are now looking forward to the day when he can create tasty breakfast dishes without any supervision by the parents! He is still enjoying being the only Brown child at home during the day. He is gradually learning to read, which I still find a bit miraculous!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Saturday 8th October had a day all of us in Uganda had been looking for to in nervous anticipation. The reason? The last match of the qualifying for the 2012 African Nations, with Uganda needing a win (a draw could do? if Angola didn't win!). Who were they playing...Kenya! A local derby with so much at stake, i love football.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Time to play and relax is welcomed. There isnt that much space outside the house we are in, and no parks really to go to in the city, but at least there is room to kick a ball, read stories, and hang out with friends. We are liking the rented house we are in a lot, and it suits the needs we have - with us and the IY students. It isnt the long term plan but we reckon we will be here for at least a year. Joel is here playing out at the front of the house - kicking against the wall and the gate ...its all pretty enclosed as you can see, not much grass, but enough space nevertheless.