Hello Nourish Family!
Our week has been nothing far from amazing. The ambience here is so lively and the people are so grateful and happy despite all their hardships. We all had our own personal fears and reservations coming here but the minute we arrived to our host family’s house all those fears subsided; not only did they welcome us with open arms, but they assured us that at that very moment we would forever be part of their extended family, and that we would not have to worry about anything while we were here. We have been given two rooms behind the main house on the compound, each room containing 3 girls sleeping on bunk beds. Originally we were to be split 2 girls to a host family but circumstances had us all living at this wonderful compound all together; I have to say this ended up working a lot better for us.
WiFi has been quite difficult to get and I apologize we have not been able to post much on this blog, as we are trying to settle our parents’ fears of all of us being overseas and in Africa. Despite the news and everything going on, I feel extremely safe in Uganda. Brenda, one of the main coordinators of CCUg, has already become like a sister to us. She and her family are so well known and respected within our village of Maga Maga. Even the men who transport us daily on what they call here bodabodas (motorcycles) know exactly who Brenda is and where her family lives. It feels good knowing we are living in the presence of such loving and community-driven people.
Our first week has mainly been about getting to know each other, as well as our host family. It is very comforting to know that I have girls by my side who all share the same interests and goals, and whom legitimately care about the community we have just gotten thrown into. Despite it only being a week in, we have fallen in love with the people here, especially the children. Personally I know that when I leave I will be bawling my eyes out saying goodbye to my new house sisters and brothers, as well as our house mom and dad whom we already have gotten quite attached to. And then of course our wonderful CCUg staff members who are so dedicated to this organization that they have built from the ground up; they are all under the age of 30 and make us feel as if we all have a lot of catching up to do.
I am really excited to see what the next couple of weeks will bring. To all the parents reading this- there is absolutely no need to worry; we are in great hands! I cannot wait for you all to see all the great progress we make! Stay tuned!
Here are some pictures from our ground breaking ceremony of the pit latrine project in Nakalanga Village, a meeting of the group savings project with women in Wairaka Town, us going to a wedding in traditional clothing, an adorable little baby rocking the shades, and a guy we spotted wearing a PSU shirt on the streets of Jinja!!
Vanessa and Leanna
Penn State/Duke Chapter
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