Day 12 - Monday 17th July

Our Day 12 report for Monday 17th July is written by Mia.

Monday marked the start of our final full week and what a week it is set up to be. We started off another week of teaching successfully with Grace, Velvet, Beth and James receiving a new group of students and starting the daunting process of getting to know the students all over again. We all now know how hard teaching can be (especially when most of the students are older than us!) but we are all feeling so much more confident about teaching and I can definitely see some future teachers in our midst.

After teaching, we visited the Batwa people. This was one of the most difficult things I have ever seen in my entire life because it felt a little bit like we were using them as a tourist attraction. The whole experience made me feel as if we were intruding on their daily lives and messing with their natural order and, before long, the whole scene was getting a bit much.

The reason the Batwa tribe are now in the main town is that the government kicked them out of the forest where they had lived for hundreds of years. Generation after generation was born and then died in the forest and right in front of their eyes it was torn away from them. The Ugandan government wanted to conserve the numbers of gorillas in the wild and the areas the Batwa were living in and, admittedly, the numbers of gorillas in the wild have risen since the Batwa left the forest but, in my opinion, they didn’t deserve to have their home taken away from them. The gorillas bring in more economy than the Batwa tribe ever will and for the Government that is reason enough for them to put the gorillas as first priority.

After giving the donations bag to the Batwa tribe, we headed back to the guest house for a few hours to gather our thoughts and discuss the plans for the market in the afternoon.

Once we had finished lunch, we piled into a mini bus once again and travelled to the market where we met the prefects and Charlotte (Dan’s wife). We then got paired with a prefect who would help us barter so we didn’t have to pay the Muzungu (white man’s) price. Everybody did extremely well, got their prices down and came back with some beautiful material.

The market was very crowded and the shouts of enthusiastic stall holders were deafening.

Finally, after buying our material Charlotte took us to the finest tailor in Kisoro; there was a lot of confusion which then led to a lot of bartering but a price was agreed and we all finally got measured and we collect our traditional outfits on Thursday.


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