Here we are at the end of another week, the time really does seem to fly by so quickly here! Its been a funny week weather wise with torrential rain and impressive electrical storms one minute and glorious sunshine the next. Though luckily we’ve managed to avoid getting too wet. Alice and I are now happily settled into the Bridgeway Guest House in town, our new home for the next couple of months. Its in a very leafy part of town which reminds me slightly of the suburbs in London, only much prettier!
So on to what we’ve been up to this week. We began with our street clinic on Monday during which Mike met with Musa and as a team we decided we want him to be a part of the project. So the next step was for approval from the UK team and to produce a commitment form for Musa’s parents and the local council to sign – so we have everything in writing. This and Musa’s profile were sent to the trustees for their approval.
Our next street clinic on Tuesday was spent looking into the situation with Hassan. For those of you who don’t know, Hassan had been part of the project but after a misunderstanding at school had run bac to the streets. The week before last Mike met with Hassan and members of CRO staff and it was decided that before going straight back home he should go to the Jinja Network Transit Centre, where street children go for rehabilitation. So this is where we visited with Steven on Tuesday for an evaluation of Hassan’s progress. Unfortunately when we arrived we were told by the house mother that we had just missed him as he had wanted to visit Mike and personally give him a letter of apology for any trouble his running back to the street had caused. But we stayed with Joanne, the house mother, to hear about Hassan and the work they do at the Transit Centre. She said that there had been a marked improvement in Hassan since he had been at the centre which was great to hear. It was also interesting to hear about the Transit Centre and the positive work they do. It is the only one of its kind in Jinja and works with mainly boys and girls aged between 8 and 15 years old. We met some of the other children staying there who were lovely and very pleased when they saw the big bag of fruit we brought them. After the visit and speaking to Mike it was decided that he would also visit the centre himself during the week to discuss Hassan’s progress further.
Wednesday was a really exciting day for us as we had received the okay from the UK about Musa so we took him back to his parents for them to sign the commitment form not before he’d gone to CRO to have a wash and spruce himself up . With all the legailites done with we took him for his HIV test and were pleased to hear of his negative status and then went to buy him some new clothes. He seemed very excited that it was all really happening as were we! Steven took him back to Bugembe and Alice and I continued with some work. Alice has been making contacts with TASO and Mildmay and completed staff surveys regarding HIV/AIDS issues. And I have been looking into how to develop a reading culture amongst the children, something which has also been recently highlighted in the local media to be lacking in Uganda.
Yesterday we visited Bugembe to see how Musa was settling in and were happy to see he was very content in his new home. He also impressed us both with his artisitic skills and now see why when we interviewed him he said he wanted to be an artist. We were also over the moon to hear from Mike that Hassan would also be returning home this week and was very keen to get back to school.
All in all it has been a really positive week and we hope next week will be just as good and result in us making progress with our much needed CBO registration. In other news Alice and I have joined a group that will be putting on a pantomime in December to raise monty for a charity based in Jinja (the charity is yet to be decided). The panto is Aladdin and we had our first read through this week, although we’re just in the chorus we think its should be fun and are look forward to learning all the songs and dances!
Well thats everything for now, thanks for reading.
Lots of Love,
Esther and Alice xx