Day 9 - Friday 14th July

Our Day 9 report for Friday 14th July is written by Grace.

Today was our third lesson in the Vision School and for a few, it would be the last lesson with their current group. Breakfast was peaceful and full of positivity as everyone had a new aura of confidence about their lessons. In comparison to previous lessons, these ones went fairly smoothly- that is excluding Aidan’s surprise double group size. After a very successful half an hour teaching (our lessons even ran on time!!), we had a lightning quick stop back at the guesthouse to drop our bags off and pick up our food. Then, we set off to one of the two A.C.E.  primary schools we were due to visit - Rukongi.

The drive was beautiful - despite it being so windy! I think we all felt like celebrities as kids cheered left and right as we passed them in the minibus. We really got a feel for the different atmosphere in the rural parts of Uganda. As we neared the school, our poor drivers faced a challenge as they struggled to manoeuvre the vehicles to the end of the bumpy driveway. But the cheers from the children spurred them on and after a while, we were at the bottom of the hill.

Firstly, we were greeted by Victoria (the headmistress) who is absolutely lovely. She made us feel so welcome and invited us into her office to have a soda and to talk about Interact and the work we do. It all got a bit emotional when Judith met ‘Rogers’ for the first time - the student she had been sponsoring. Everybody said hello and he was very appreciative of the gifts! In all honesty, I don’t think anybody was prepared for the crowd of children that came flooding out of classrooms in all directions! The nursery came first which had all of us smiling. Soon, Richard was ten foot deep in shrieking children and there was no escape. Gitenderi had set the standard so high with their singing and dancing that we didn’t know what to expect but Rukongi definitely didn’t disappoint. The entertainment was fantastic and all the children were getting involved. A million selfies later, we piled back into the minibuses and drove to our next school- Gisozi.

On first impressions, Gisozi seemed to be a very quiet primary school but after lunch (special mention to Francis from the Countryside Guest House – our base in Kisoro, who we have decided to bring home with us), we were proved wrong. Fortunately for Gisozi, they are lucky enough to have an incredible performing arts teacher who is currently studying at university. She was very enthusiastic and I enjoyed their performance so much. After they sang, a young girl stepped forward and recited a poem about the environment and cutting down trees. The girl left me in awe as she was so passionate about the poem. Our final task of the day was to gift the students of Gisozi with two of the fifteen charity bags. They were absolutely ecstatic to find out that there was a football kit in one of the bags and the energy was so overwhelming that it left me in such a good mood!

Finally, we got back into the minibus and drove back home- with a couple of extra passengers who decided to jump onto the back of the bus.


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