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Kiwoko_gates_into_hosp Posted by Niall Manogue on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Greetings from Uganda!!!!
Hello all, well my name is Gemma and I am a member of the Ekisa Team. I really don’t know how words can express my experiences so far. I’m having the most amazing time! It has been inspiring, touching, challenging and extremely fulfilling. The team have all been doing great. We have been such an encouragement and support to each other.

Alison has been amazing. She has been responsible for organising and facilitating the Ekisa Team days. We are truly thankful for what she has done and continues to do for us. Also the Ugandan Team have been fantastic. They are very creative, friendly and welcoming. They have made our time here very positive. All of the team, Ugandans and Irish Team are building great relationships, which I believe will flourish into meaningful friendships. I suppose the best way to try to give you an insight into what we have been doing, would be to explain a typical day here in Uganda.

First thing in the morning we have morning prayer, where we praise our God and celebrate with singing. This is really a lovely way to start every day. After that we have our devotion time when the Ekisa Team carry out planning and preparation for the day and have bible studies in small groups. We then get ready for our journey to the youth centre. This is the most eye opening time, as we walk to the centre. On the side of the road there are families living in what we would have a shed, sitting outside in their communities to do tasks such as washing clothes, preparing meals and washing their children. There are loads of little children who run over and wave at us, shouting “muzungo” which means white person. One child was playing with a toy car made out of a milk bottle and the lids.

When we are at the club I am so overwhelmed by the affection and the love that the children show to all of us “muzungos”. They are touching our arms, playing with our hair and pinching our skin. One child even rubbed dirt on my arms to try to make me more like her. The children were so amused with a key I had round my neck on a string, they kept playing with it. They were so happy and content just to be with us. To think back home most children wouldn’t be happy unless they had a PSP or a Nintendo DS or some form of technology, my eyes are truly opened and my heart is deeply touched. The children don’t have Diesel clothes or Nike trainers. Instead, some of the children come every day to the club in the same clothes, with shoes that are completely wrecked, some have none at all.

Through my experience I have developed a better understanding of what is important in life. We shouldn’t be concerned with material objects, about what type of clothes we have and the latest technology that we can get. Instead, we should remember those who have very little, we should take more time with our families and friends and helping those who need us. We should pray for those who are in need as we are all one, and have one God.

Lastly, I would like to say that I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. I have discovered so much about the Ugandan culture, got to know the team well, but most of all I am developing a great relationship with God. I have been so encouraged and filled with love and appreciation for God for choosing me to go on this mission trip. I am so glad that I followed God’s path for me. We really do have an amazing gracious God