Sadly, today is our last day at Kashekuro. The time has just flown. Our first stop today was the Parish office where we were greeted by the Head Catechist who was very happy to see us and to accept a huge amount of clothing, beanies and snuggle rugs, all generously donated by HPI supporters both in Australia and Hong Kong. The clothing was sorted into bundles according to gender and sizes ranging from babies to adults. These will be distributed to needy people in the community. Yesterday we handed to Angelica, the School Principal, a large box full of school supplies, exercise books, readers, chalks, pens and pencils etc.
After a brief meeting with Denis, the Clinic manager and our project coordinator in Uganda, we moved on to the school for morning tea before inspecting the further work done by the painters. The 2 classroom block has undergone an amazing transformation in just 4 days and is now ready for the children to reoccupy, fully repaired and painted, and all the broken window panes (54 of them) replaced. We are very proud of the work done by our team and by the local workers.
We were surprised when the school children assembled on the grass about an hour before their lunch break to entertain us with song and dance. Firstly, it was the P2 children who recited a number of poems and nursery rhymes. They were followed by the school choir made up of children from the P5 to P7 classes. It was a wonderful and unforgettable performance with a drummer and individual dancers. Bonny and Stephen and Claire all joined in along with one of the male teachers. The children and their teachers no doubt put a lot of time and effort preparing for the performance and we were so grateful.
After a brief meeting with the builder, Dezi, and Denis to discuss the possibility of building dormitories for the boarders, we reluctantly had to say our goodbyes to Nyarutooma school and make our way back to our hotel. It was very sad both for us and for the children and the staff who urged us to return next year.
As it will be an extra early start tomorrow morning, I will say bye for now.