This week was week 5 on the project and with a week to go we were able to finish up our final visits to the remaining schools in the area. We visited a nursing school in the surrounding town of Kyetume, where we spoke to the students who had great appreciation for what we were doing for them and hope that we would return again soon.
We also continued working with the students at URF and helping them to prepare for the weekly debate. We were really excited to see the improvements that they showed this week. They conducted themselves a lot better, improved their English and had already showed major progress in their speaking ability. After that, Wednesday was a big day for the kids. We called their parents to URF and had a ceremony where the children we selected received their goats. Before we distributed the goats, a doctor from Masaka sprayed them all with disinfectant and taught them the best way to take care of them. It was really exciting for all of them and they were all optimistic for what they could do with them in the future. Though its just one goat per student, it is still enough to change their lives and give each one of them a source of income. Some of them didn’t even know in advance and they were so happy and thankful for our project.
As our last week is coming up, Isabel and Cy are continuing to work with the students in preparing them for the debates and Mehrzaad is still tutoring students in their classes. We also spend the nights with the students and watch the world cup games (which they all get really pumped about). We’re also making sure the goats get to the students homes who don’t live at URF and working with them in the beginning stages to make sure that they are handling their responsibilities properly.
UF and Davidson
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