8/16/11 


 "True religion is real living; Living with all one's soul and all one's goodness and righteousness."

First time in London: It was a lot like Boston, MA but with accents and skinny license plates!!!!  It rained on and off all day but it was wonderful to see a different country. 

Uganda: The countryside is beautiful. The people are more than warm and friendly. They meet us with open arms and love. When we go to work at a school or village it creates an immediate bond that cannot be described, a kind of bond out of respect for all humanity. The children are full of joy and excitement.  There is no distance or alienation, just little children jumping and hugging and parents full of thanks.

We did so much in the past few days it’s impossible to describe all the moments but I’ll address them later.

Dancing, music: Joan (a 9 year old girl in the village) grabs my hips and moves them side-to-side to teach me how to dance. Haha I love to dance with the children!!!

 Women’s prison:  faith, passion and hope in a position of despair. Children born into a limited future. Needs and womanhood.

Secondary School: Hard working, dedicated woman and boys. I identify with these young and hopeful scholars that are working hard toward their education.

Mosse’s Primary School: There is pure joy and love. There is not a hint of sadness from these children but there’s an obvious lack of health and basic needs. Love is plenty: That is abundant and shared among all.

 

8/11: Today I learned some of the native language! I have always wanted to learn a second language and was so happy to hang out with a local English teacher who was brilliant and patient with me. 

 

Luganda terms:

 

Thank you: “webale” pronounced “way-bally”

 

I love you: “nkwa galla” pronounced “nun-koo galla”

 

Hello/how are you (greeting): “oli otya” pronounced “ol-ee-you-tee-ah”

 

Also because we were talking about boyfriends and relationships to the young women, they taught me a big complement and honor is to call your man/boyfriend “my king.” It’s an interesting term of endearment. I think it speaks to the role of patriarchy in this community. The phase is said “kaba-ka-wange”

 

We taught the young girls a feminine hygiene class and reviewed menstruation and sewed reusable pads. It was awesome to spend time with these girls and help them out on a level that bonds all women.

 

By the way none of this does any justice to the work we are doing and people we are meeting. Computers and the internet are limited and I consider myself a scientist and not much of a writer. Look for pictures they will give much better insight to this trip. Also check out Natalie's blog. Good night and God bless.

 

Catherine Cooley


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