Yesterday had a restful day, caught up on some planning and sleep!! Although the weather was pants we enjoyed the company of the little boy who lives at our hotel, playing with bubbles and aeroplanes! In the evening we went for a lovely meal on a terrace that had a beautiful view of the city, swampland and the lake. Good food, good company... questionable music!!!
Today we were up bright and early to make our way to Sanyu babies home. Getting there was somewhat of a mission, firstly we had to walk to find a matatus going in the right direction, although once on board it was a fairly straightforward but cramped journey to Kampala taxi park. Then a quick change amongst the bustle of the crazy city centre to head for Sanyu babies home.
We opened the gates to the home and we were instantly surrounded by little children. We were shocked by how many orphaned and abandoned babies and children were playing on the garden. Inside the home we walked past rows of cots-some with babies sleeping peacefully or amusing themselves and other newly arrived babies who looked sad and malnourished. The staff were so overworked but doing a brilliant job. We stayed for snack time, the children were very excited to have half a boiled egg each-apparently a real treat for them! We heard some harrowing stories about how the children and babies ended up in the home but the mumas explained how these babies could be considered the lucky ones as eighty percent of the children in the home are adopted by the age of four.
We came home via Garden City-a shopping mall and spent some time exploring the city! We agreed the taxi park is the mentalist place we have ever been especially in the rain but we lived to tell the tale!
This evening we went to the Ndere Cultural centre in Ntinda to watch African dancing. Our trusted boda driver Kalanzi ensured our safe arrival. The dancers were very energetic and talented-we will get practicing the moves to show you back home!
Rachel, Sam and Stacy xxx