So I've gone from feeling like I have nothing to write about to wondering how I will ever catch up on everything that has happened in the last little while.
The biggest news as of late was that my wallet was stolen last Friday while I shopped at a local craft market. It was very discouraging, given that I had, only the day before, withdrawn the maximum amount from the bank machine (about $500) and was carrying most of that money in my wallet at the time it was stolen (foolish of me, I know, and I have learned my lesson...the hard way!) I also lost my driver's license and both my bank cards so was without ID and any means of accessing cash. Fortunately, my parents brought some of my mail with them when they arrived this past Sunday and in amongst the envelopes was one that contained a replacement bank card (my bank just switched to chip cards and issued new cards to all its members – talk about fortuitous timing!)
Since Mom and Dad arrived a few days ago, we have been busy trying to cram in as much sightseeing and adventure as we can; after all, they are only here for two short weeks. On Monday, we made our usual visit to the Babies' Home. One of the little girls, Freda, a quiet, usually unhappy-looking little girl who recently came to the orphanage after being dropped off at a local police station, took an immediate liking to Mom. And of course, from the moment she climbed up onto Mom's lap and closed her arms around Mom's neck, she had her wrapped around her little finger.
Tuesday, we again stuck to our regular routine and spent some time volunteering at the BeadforLife office. Mom and Dad got to meet Baby Solomon, who spent a good part of the morning sleeping on Mom's lap. Later, once the bead sale got underway, I delegated both my parents to quality control – a challenging position since it's hard to hand back pieces of jewelry to the beaders when you know each piece represents potential income. I think they both did a great job and stuck to their post even when the weather turned nasty and dime-sized pieces of ice came falling out of the sky. And they call this a tropical country?!
Yesterday, we embarked on a road trip to Jinja and spent the night at the BeadforLife village on the way home. I'll try to write more about where we went and what we saw but for now (since I have been receiving threatening emails due to a lack of current info on my blog), let me post the pics and hopefully fill in the details later.
At the BeadforLife village, the kids were completely absorbed in the lego. Seeing how excited they were to have simple toys to play with confirmed to me the value of setting up a resource centre in our community. On that note, Kara and I have signed a lease agreement on a small house which will become the new home of our resource centre. We have paid the first three month's rent up front and are now preparing to fix the place up and furnish it with bookshelves, books and educational games and toys. We are currently looking for supporters who would be willing to make a one-time donation or (preferably) monthly donations to help get the centre up and running. Thanks to those of you who have already pledged your support. By the end of the month, we should have finalized a partnership agreement with Niteo of Kelowna and hope to be able to provide tax-deductible receipts for donations received after that time. Please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information or if your are interested in making a financial contribution.