I hope you are all well! It is now the school holidays for a month, so I am trying to visit a few different projects and some sights of Uganda.
Before the children broke up from school I managed to take a few photographs of them. Not many people here own a camera, so as soon as they saw it, they all went crazy trying to get into the photo and coming right up close to the lens! Once I had taken the photos, I then had a stampede of children trying to grab the camera to see the pictures of themselves!
Last week a Dutch friend and I went to Murchison Falls National Park, where we saw some amazing animals, including Giraffes and Elephants, as well as beautiful countryside. I then went to visit my friend's project in a rural village called Ssunga. She has been working in a health clinic there and living in a convent. The convent is situated in a beautiful rural setting with lots of lush green grass and gardens where they grow their own fruit, vegetables and coffee beans. All of the nuns were lovely and incredibly warm and welcoming to me. One of the days I went out with some of the nuns and nurses to a local village to weigh babies and help administer immunisations. I really enjoyed being a nurse for the day and it made me realise how much I miss nursing. It was so lovely to get my hands on some babies again and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were all healthy weights! We had to improvise and set up the clinic in a dark, dingy school clasroom, so it was not the most hygienic of areas and it was hard not being able to wash my hands between each patient!
Back at the convent, the health clinic is also very basic, I can't believe what poor facilities they have to use. My friend showed me the delivery room where women have to give birth and it really did shock me, I would not want to give birth there!
On the 7th June I am leaving Uganda for 3 weeks and joining my friends Donna, Liz and Rob in Poland. We are going interrailing around Poland, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, which will be fantastic! It seems abit strange travelling from Uganda to Eastern Europe, but it will be a welcome break from Uganda and it will be great to see my friends who I miss so much! So as you can imagine I am very excited, only 4 and a half weeks to go!!
Thank you to everyone for your continued support and lovely messages, I really do appreciate it!
Take care, lots of love