I know I mention this every blog and to everyone I speak to but ITS REALLY HOT! I have only seen rain once this year. Last week I was talkign to someone from Australia last week and they said that although its 45 degrees there, they found the heat here difficult to deal with as there is no air conditioning (except in Barclay's!). On Wednesday many places in the afternoon stopped working and there was a national prayer for rain afternoon as many of the crops are beginning to fail. Definitely very strange being told about the cold weather back home!
Fortunately though with the neverending heat, Beth and I this week (over 5 months after arriving) discovered that thereis a swimming pool only 5 minutes down the road. Not only this but there is also a German bakery, community hall, hotel and clinic. After a long discussion with the manager we managed to get a reduced two month membership to the pool which saves us over 200 pounds.
Also potntially on Wednesadays and Thursdays I might start working at the clinic there helping with administration work.
As for school, even though we're only in the second week of term its already proved very eventful! One of the new teachers who was causing a lot of problems disappeared last Saturday with a load of the schools money and also money from teachers. He had been pestering me and Beth to lend him items for the weekend and luckily we had refused . After further investigation it also turned out he wasn't who he said he was . A new teacher has replaced him hopwever he has only ever taught maths and science so I am now teaching P6 Geography, History and Politics while he prepares to take over these subjects when I leave.
P6 is proving to have many challenges accompany it. This week there have been violent outbursts from a boy who was having problems at home, another wrote me a leeter describing abuse they were getting from their father and asking for help, also there is a new boy who doesn't understand what I say and is ahving to have everything translated to him by other pupils. My attempt to explain he was to write answers to the questions at home- I asked 'wandykaa ehwakka' (write home) was taken too literally and he answered that the country north of Uganda was H.O.M.E. Other than that its all going ok.
As for the news from my Ugandan home- whooping cough has invaded and is spreading from person to person- it sounds really nasty! Hamish(the rabbit) has also had his own little adventure this week. I returned from visiting other volunteers to a lot of very sad children who informed me that Hamish was lost and woulprobably have been eaten by now. Sure enough there was no Hamish to be found anywhere near by. Over 24 hours later we had a visitor saying that they had a rabbit in their kitchen, being somewhat infamous for being the white person who keeps a white rabbit for a pet they thought it might be mine. It was Hamish who had travelled to another village!
Time is definietely going fast now as Beth has now passed her half way mark and so it won't be long untill mine!