It’s just 11 days now until I leave home and just 13 days until I arrive in Uganda! It finally seems like I’m just about ready to go with the dilemma of which anti malarial tablets to take resolved, a heap of long skirts brought, and only one injection left to go (having had 14 jabs my needle phobia has been conquered!!!) Also fundraising has finally been completed and thanks to everyone’s support I managed to go beyond the target. So thank you to everyone who baked cakes, came to coffee mornings, filled smartie tubes, sponsored me, donated money, got blisters from walking for days and put up with the ‘highway robber men’ on Uist shaking buckets and wearing fluorescent jackets!
Now with only just over a week to go comes the hard part of saying goodbye to everyone and definitely emotions are up and down like a yo-yo as one minute I’m really excited about going and the next terrified thinking what on earth am I doing leaving running water (seriously going to miss the washing machine) and fairly reliable electricity behind. Fortunately excitement generally wins
Anyway a bit about what I’m actually going to be doing next year and where I’ll be...
In Uganda I will be teaching in ‘Hope for Youth’ school, which is the Mukono region of Uganda. Although the area is only 20 miles from the capital city Kampala it takes an hour and a half to reach and in the two rainy seasons the road becomes fairly impassable. The school has around 310 pupils who range from 4-16 years old with the average class size at about 40 pupils. While my primary role is teaching English, it is also possible for me and Beth (my ‘Project Trust’ partner) to get involved in other subjects and extracurricular activities if we want to. Also on a Saturday a drama and singing club has been set up, which I’m really looking forward to.
I will be living half an hour away from the school in what sounds like a really friendly community. Beth and I will be sharing a small two roomed house and cooking our meals outside with our neighbours. It sounds like I’ll be doing a lot of walking as not only is there a walk to and from school but also to the well, market, long drops etc. Etc. ( so no doubt that sponsored walk was good training)
Anyway I think that’s enough for one blog....
I’ll update it again probably just before I leave.
But until then as they say in Lugandan