Be sure to check out the “June 2015” photos from the Photos page.
June started with the school term in full swing. Children spent most of the day in their classrooms. What an important job our teachers have, shaping them through education. A unique thing about Lulwanda Primary School is that our classrooms have no more than 30 children (many public schools in Uganda have more than 100 children per classroom).
The twelve new children are doing well. It is such a joy to see how the Lord is building their confidence every day, brightening their countenance, and increasing their understanding of the simple things of life. All of the children except our youngest, Godfrey, go to class every day. Most of them are in Baby Class, despite their age, as they have never had schooling before and need a good foundation. Each of these children has quickly won the hearts of staff and older children at Lulwanda. We are so happy to have them as part of our family. (I also have had an influx of curious “office visitors” who love to watch me type on my computer, but would rather me let them touch the mouse pad, take “snaps” on my phone, or show them photos from their village. It is hard to get much work done when you have such cuties wanting to talk to you in a language you don’t understand or sit on your lap as you do your work.)
Our children went for an outing to Mbale town to visit the annual Trade Show. This is a showcase for local businesses and craft vendors. Children were able to see the variety of products and services offered around Mbale and get ideas about the types of businesses that they can begin when they grow up. In addition, there were a few “carnival” rides. But the highlight for the children was the exhibit of local animals: a crocodile, two Ugandan cranes, many snakes, some wild mere-cats, and an ostrich.
This month also marks the middle of the school term, therefore mid-term exams have been given in each subject. Middle of the term also ushers in the visitation days for our older children in secondary boarding school. These students are doing well, excited, and working hard in class. They also look forward to the special weekends when they will return to LCH to welcome summer teams who are coming to Lulwanda to visit for a week.
Speaking of visitors, June has been sprinkled with visitors coming to see us. The primary teachers were blessed to re-unite with Jann, a math teacher, who conducted a math workshop with them. The Mama’s were happy to welcome back Mama Rose, a long time friend and great encourager. We were blessed to have Mr. Larry, the GICF chairman, spend some time on site, and his wife, Dee, taking staff and sponsor photos of the children. In addition, the Palmer family has their visitor, Katelyn, who will remain in Uganda for the rest of the year and who helps in the Nursery classes among other various things.
A team from Tomball Bible Church sponsored the secondary children to be brought home for a weekend and we enjoyed a great day of playing and having fun together. Water balloons flew through the sky and shrieks of joy filled the air as people young and old tried to dodge getting wet. They also blessed all of our children with a new pair of Croc shoes. Thank you so much for this great gift!!
A few members of the Tomball team came to Lulwanda for 3 days and taught art classes to a select group. These talented artists did a great job on their still life paintings. (see Photos page).
Lulwanda also had two friends, Tanya and Chloe, return for the second time to show us love and work in the Primary school for 9 days before the rest of their team joins them in early July. Tanya, an elementary teacher, has been doing teacher workshops, co-teaching, and sharing ideas with our lower grade teachers at Lulwanda Primary School. We are blessed that the Lord calls people to come serve along side us and share their gifts and talents with us.
June also included two public holidays which provided some long-awaited rest and relaxation. Children were able to watch movies, play soccer, work on puzzles, play card games, bake cakes, and catch up on sleep. But one of my most surprising activities was when one of the older boys asked me, “Teacha, can we do our practicals?” Not really sure what “practicals” meant, I inquired more and realized he was asking to work on the embroidery projects we started last holiday during our Tuesday/Thursday classes.
We look forward to July, as it is our busiest month with three teams coming to bless us with their love, time, and activities. July should be a very fun month.