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N39-11-6 Posted by Ekisa Team on Mon, 17 Aug 2009 | 26 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Greetings from Uganda,

OK so yesterday (sat) we completed our first programme with lots of kids of the hospital staff. It was a great day with lots of singing, dancing and laughing,the banter was at its highest! It was the last day working with the first set of Ugandan leaders. It was sad that it was our last day with them as we have made close friendships with them all.

With an evening of major reflection time on what we had experienced so far we were ready for the prospect of a 2 day break. However sunday morning after a wee lie in (well… half an hour longer than usual) we all split into 3 groups and went off on our last ‘on duty’ activity for next couple of days. We all headed out to three different rural churches in the local area. Myself and laura went to Kigosa Church (Church of Uganda) and had a great experience with our group. We took control of a large part of the service with singing, giving testimonies and reading bible passages. The congregation took in what we had to say very well and afterwards we had a lunch of Ugandan delights which was an… interesting experience to say the least.

After saying out farewells we headed back to the hospital to get ready for the epic events of the afternoon. One being that AP bought a chicken in the auction at his church. In churches if someone does not have enough money for collection, they will bring, livestock or food that is given in and auctioned off. So now we have Lawrence Featherman roaming around the training centre where we are staying. The other being that a load of us joined some of our ugandan leaders to play a football match against the Kiwoko hospital team. Our kits were very dapper, but our football couldn’t be described as the same. After being 3-0 down at half time (and us having missed a penalty in the first min) we started a come back in the second half, however we couldn’t summon the spirit of Istanbul with a magical fight back, and ended up loosing 4-1, the result probably being a fair one after being out run and fitness levels being very unevenly matched. We are now just all chilling back at camp excited about heading into Kampala tomorrow (mon) with a wee bit of shopping and swimming on the cards.

all our love and best wishes

team uganda

ps Please keep posting comments on the blog as we are loving reading them all out!!

pps No photos as tonight it was posted in a rush so i could get back to a team meeting sam johnston is leading… and lets face it you dont want to miss those!! dc


Charlie and Family said Tue, 18 Aug 2009 08:51AM
Great to hear all the good news and to be kept up to date with the latest happenings. Bad luck with the soccer. Love to Suzy and Andy from all of us in Miami.
Libby said Tue, 18 Aug 2009 03:39PM
Can't believe you are into your second week - sounds like you are having a great time and lots of fun ( I'm back at school!!).Hope you enjoyed Kampala, look after yourselves and Lawrence Featherman.Love to one and all especially S & A Libby
Ruth said Tue, 18 Aug 2009 05:13PM
Hey team! I am just loving these blogs Trotters, good work! Just thought a wee word of encouragement was in order. It's just struck me how much of a lasting impact you guys will be leaving out there even though you might not think it now, what you're doing may seem like a tiny step. That's what I thought about being in Kenya but Alan and Liz got home from Kajiado/Mombasa today and were full of stories about how much the Kenyans all LOVED having our team out there and that they'd learnt so much which is crazy cos I pretty much just chatted to everyone, not thinking I was doing much. So keep up the amazing work, you've no idea how much people appreciate a chat or even just a wee smile! Hope that made sense!! Love and prayers, Ruth. xx
Ian said Tue, 18 Aug 2009 07:02PM
The coach needs to go !!! That's like a score Liverpool would have !! (thought you'd like that one Dave).So much for training on a Thursday night !! Do we need to alert animal rights to inform them of the imminent danger posed to Lawrence by a group of psycotic teens (OK suzy dave sam ---near enough to scrape in under the bar ) Glad to hear how you've risen to the challenges of Week 1 and how much you seemed to have enjoyed Kampala, swim & burger and fries !!!(maybe thats just Adam!!!) Great to hear the reactions to the team and the sense of oneness you all feel. Trust you have all the strength you will need to greet Week 2.Thinking about you all. Luv to all (esp. Adz)Ian & Eleanor
AJ said Tue, 18 Aug 2009 07:36PM
I love the fact AP bought a chicken!!! Though, im disappointed i wont get to meet lawrence featherman. :( Just want to echo ruths words that you make a lot more of an impact than you think, and that just having a chat can leave the biggest marks on peoples lives. byebye
Jade and Emily said Tue, 18 Aug 2009 07:50PM
Hey we are currently sitting in erdi and kayas house its been pretty weird without you here because you are always here! :) everyone says they miss you and hope your having a good time :) i love you :) see you soon xxx
Philip Allen said Tue, 18 Aug 2009 09:24PM
A special hello to Laura from her uncle Philip, Auntie Diane, Gary and Steven. Glad to hear that you are having a great time and enjoying the whole experience. The guys both got home from their hols and they look forwrad to telling you all and hearing all about your trip. Take care of yourself and hope to see you soon. All our love xoxo:)
Bob Gail and Ryan said Wed, 19 Aug 2009 11:25AM
Hi everyone, Jade - it was great to speak to you the other day, you sound like you are having so much fun and having an amazing time with all the children. Hope you all continue to enjoy you time out there and bring back some unforgettable memories and stories for us all to hear. Sorry we're in Spain so no Big Brother news nor any good news from the Ashes, but the weather here is great if anyone was interested!!! Love Bob Gail and Ryan XX
Harry & Helen Girvan said Wed, 19 Aug 2009 12:19PM
Hi Everyone, sounds like you had a lot of fun during your 2 day break, and well-deserved too no doubt!!! Can't believe that this time next week you will all be back again - joy of joys!!! Missing Matthew terribly but it has been great chatting to him on the phone.Hope APs chicken is doing well!! Keep up the good work throughout the rest of the week and enjoy. And don't worry Dave, although Liverpool lost at the weekend they are not looking for any new signings just at the minute!! Take care of one another as always. Love Harry & Helen x
Wendy Somers said Wed, 19 Aug 2009 02:25PM
Hi Jess and team it was so lovely to chat with you on the phone last nite,you sounded like your enjoying this wonderful experience. I cant believe over a week has gone by. Been catching up with our hols washing in preparation for your load! The house seems strange without you hear & youll be glad to hear that i have been doing my daily dusting in your room(how sad am i!) Sad that Lawrence Featherman wont be coming home with you,you know how i like my eggs. Take care will speak to you tomorrow. Love you and everyone else to! mum Wendy.
Greetings from sunny Portballintrae where we have all been sitting on the beach in 32c. Great to talk to you on the phone yesterday. All at P/B delighted that you are having a great time and send their hellos to all members of the team -HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Hi Emma, Becca here! Matthew's out at the moment with the harps but he wanted me to tell you that he got a hole in one the other day when we were at the pitch and put. Phil got one too but it was only because I was with them, I'm their lucky charm. It sounds like you are having a great time which inspired me to walk around the campsite trying to sell ducks for Malawi! Hope you savour every moment of your adventure and take plenty of pics, missing you loads,lots of love Becca. hi to emms and all the team. june here .just finished ringing the rain out of my waterproof coat. we don't need to go to the pool to swim wt the minute, we just step outside the caravan. take care of yourselves and each other. lookng forward to seeing you when you come junex hi ya emer..... its me laura your best sis! ; ) hope you are all having a great time with the kids!!!! sounds as if all the team are doing brilliant work, keep it up!!! enjoy every moment loads to tell you about cannes.... can't wait to see you when you get back... Love Laura xoxoxoxoxox Hey Kido we are sitting in McDonalds, but the chickens are not running about!! Life is quiet without you but it is fantastic to hear what great work you and the team are doing with the kids in Uganda. Mum says she hopes you are eating your veg! It would be great if you could send us the recipe for pumpkin and potatoe as mum would like to make it for you next Wednesday night to help you settle in to being back home - all the team are welcome!!!! Send all our love to all the team and keep on enjoying your time there. Don't forget my elephant and the lions for Jack and Harry.
AJ said Thu, 20 Aug 2009 07:32AM
Good luck to everyone with their results, just heading out to get mine now. Hope everyone gets what they need!!!
Libby said Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:15PM
Lovely to hear from you - emails duely passed on. Hope A Level results were good for all concerned. Don't know when you read our messages - this is for Andrew (and anyone else who is interested) First day of final test - England batting - at lunch 108 for 1 - Alastair Cooke out for 10 - Strauss and Bell on 98 partnership! Crowd quiet - Bumble thinks everyone is nervous! Will continue with updates! Love and prayers for everyone especially my two x
tracy t said Thu, 20 Aug 2009 01:17PM
Hi everyone - so glad to see a new post. Thinking of all of you who got results today - hope you are all pleased. Laura t - loved the e mail you sent - we have been sending you one a day - so if you have not seen yet- you will have a huge in box on your return! Jo & Nats - Scampi missed your shoes so much he chewed up the sky tv button!!! Lots of love to you all tracy t
Foy said Thu, 20 Aug 2009 05:15PM
Sounds like it's all going swimmingly! I hope and trust that you're all looking after our Sam too! He's a really good guy. The second you get past the split personality and incontinence he's actually really fun to be around... Keep on keepin' on folks, you're doing great!! Love Foy x
Libby said Thu, 20 Aug 2009 08:43PM
Hope you all had a great day and everyone is pleased with their results.End of play score (for Andrew) England 307/8(85.3 ov) -3.59 runs per over! Bell (not Adam) 72 - highest run scorer, followed by Strauss 55. Flintoff only got7 - Broad (26) and Harmison 0 at end of play. I hope that is all the information you need - will update again tomorrow.Do you see the things I do for you!!!!Everyone sends their love, look after each other and enjoy working with the children. Libby x
Mervyn & Heather Boyd said Thu, 20 Aug 2009 09:13PM
Hi folks.Sounds like everyone is happy with their results. Well done to you all. Hope you are celebrating tonight,you deserve it.We look forward to the next blog and keep up all the amazing work you are doing.Luv to you all Mervyn & Heather P.S.Has APs chicken been cooked yet ?
Harry and Helen Girvan said Fri, 21 Aug 2009 02:32PM
Hi Everyone, really enjoyed reading the latest blog from Dave and all the gang, so glad its been such a great and awesome experience for you all and you have entered into all your tasks and work with such dedication and love. The children and people you have worked with will have been no doubt been touched by your presence there. You are all to be commended!!!!! Hope you have a wonderful time on Safari, chill and enjoy every minute of this well-deserved break. Many congrats to all the guys who got their super A level results, a very big WELL DONE to you all!! Can't wait to get Matthew's on Tuesday!!!!And of course can't wait to see him back home on Wed ( and the rest of you of course!!!) Many thanks Dave for everything!!! Love & Best Wishes to you all. Have a safe journey home. Harry & Helen xx
Jill, Hannah, Mandy and Susan..:) said Fri, 21 Aug 2009 05:59PM
Hi Dudes, Really Glad that your enjoying yourselves remember to take alot of photos please:D. Miss You terribly Davey!!!-Jill LYL always.. Jill, Hannah, Mandy and Susan :):):) xxx
kay and bobby hamilton said Fri, 21 Aug 2009 07:56PM
Hi jessica, managed to work the computer without your dads help. Enjoyed reading about what your doing cant wait to see all the pics when you get home. Looking forward to see lawrence featherman is there any family resemblance! Keep up the good work and well done we are very proud of you and everyone else to. love you very much nanny & bobbyxx
Craigersss said Sat, 22 Aug 2009 12:54PM
hey guys!!! good 2 hear frm yas, sounds lik use r alrit time! lol oj sounds unreal!!! 2 ap and millhead, congrats use got into uni!!!!!!!! use both did klass. i got into heriot watt so im luvin life. jus thought id tel yas that so use cn start bookin ure flights ova 2 c me :) good 2 hear frm every1 singley!!! every1 seems 2 b havin a ball out there. bt dnt slow down jus keep doin the great job use r doin until yas leave!!! i know use r all havin a gr8 time out its fair 2 say i cnt wait til yas all get bck n c yas again :) o nd all those goin bck 2 skl, im gutted 4 yas havin 2 start so early, i heard sumfin lik griv is goin bck on thurs!!!!! lol wel, enjoy the rest of ure days out there!!! dnt take anythin 4 granted. ttyl xxx
A-Ham said Sat, 22 Aug 2009 02:19PM
Lmao if anyone was going to buy a chicken, it wud be A.P, btw congrats with you're results A.P
ken and siobhan hazlett said Sat, 22 Aug 2009 02:25PM
hello to all of you in Uganda. hi sherry here i go again trying to use this laptop.cant believe you will be home next week have missed you so much.washing machine ready for all the washing. bought you the perfect pressie today. you will not believe it. i am such a great mum yeh? just everyone get home safe. will look forward to all the stories etc.... love you sherb xo
Amanda said Sat, 22 Aug 2009 02:56PM
hiya!! sounds like you're still having an amazing time, and im pretty jealous the weathers good! its been pretty miserable here! i hope the last few days go well and you just make the most out of them, try and challenge yourself for the last few days and come home with no regrets!!! congrats to whoever got their results and good luck to the gcse lot!! im still really bored at hurry up and get back! love and prayers amanda xoxoxox ps. i just found out i got a job in old trafford :)
Libby said Sat, 22 Aug 2009 03:18PM
Sorry - missed the cricket update yesterday - Australia ALL OUT for 160 - who'd have believed it!!! 4 pm Saturday - England 322 for 7 - 490 runs ahead!! It looks as though you may miss England's Ashes victory! hope Suzanne is coping well - not too many bugs/creepie crawlies around. Loved hearing from you and can't wait to see you on Wednesday. Love to all Libby x
ann and harry said Sun, 23 Aug 2009 09:18AM
hi everyone we have really enjoyed reading all your messages you will have lots of stories to tell us when you get home keep up the good work. pouring again today theres a surprise.Just going down to church will put in a word for you all take care love and prayers ann and harry xo