One week survived!

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We can’t quite believe we have been in Uganda for a week now already. Everyday has been filled with so much to learn, experience and digest. So much has happened… I don’t know where to start!

We arrived in Uganda on Thursday 13th, very late at night, and then travelled to Kiwoko on Friday. The hospital here never ceases to amaze us. To think that in just 20 years it has grown from a one room clinic with 1 Doctor and 1 assistant, to a full scale hospital and Nurses Training centre with around 360 staff. It was to these 360 staff that we were introduced on Tuesday, each one individually! Yes that did take a while. I think I remembered about 3 names in total.

We have not started our jobs yet (although Paul has already sorted out people’s downloading problems on their e-mail, and made a start on getting a new x-ray machine up and running – literally, because it’s a mobile unit) so this past week has mostly been spent in introduction, finding our way about, and purchasing essential things for our new home – like a cooker and a fridge and cockroach repellent.

Today we accompanied the community care team who each day travel out to those who are too sick to make the journey to the hospital on Tuesdays – the day for the HIV clinic. This was a surprisingly uplifting experience as we met so many people who a year or so ago were next to deaths door but now are doing really well thanks to the treatment they are receiving from Kiwoko.

At one house we visited I met Christine who used to work in a Salon in Kampala, but after she contracted HIV, she became so weak she could not stand in the Salon. Her parents came and collected her and brought her to Kiwoko, near where they lived. When the staff first met her she could barely walk and her hands were shaking constantly. But when I met her today she was walking about the compound, helping her mother with the chores, and looking incredibly healthy. Most people in Africa (and probably in the UK too) assume that HIV is a death sentence and don’t realise that by visiting an HIV clinic, and receiving the right treatment, they could live a long life. So this community program is so important to ensure that everyone knows that this opportunity is available – the opportunity to live!

This day was also really important to us to keep things in perspective. The first few days here have been challenging as we try to adjust to such a totally different way of life. Things like cold showers, flies and insects everywhere, impractical dress codes, and an erratic electricity supply, have made settling in here seem like a mammoth task. And yet today reminded us of what God is doing here, and that he wanted us to be a part of that. We should infact be very privileged to be here – and we are.

Tania.

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Alastair Donaldson said Fri, 21 Jan 2011 06:35PM
Hey Paul and Tania, Great to hear how you guys are getting on so far and God be with you as you continue to get going in your new life - Phil 4:13, God Bless, Alastair
Leanne Crosbie said Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:32AM
Hi praying for you both as you make so Many adjustments. God will supply all your needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus. Phil 4 v 19
Frances Sloan said Sat, 22 Jan 2011 10:47PM
Just lovely to get your news and to hear that you are settling in.Will be praying for you both in the days ahead. God bless
Gerald Kelly said Mon, 24 Jan 2011 03:45PM
Hi Paul and Tania Pleased to hear that you are settleing in and getting to grips with the changes and challenges presented to you. I have no doubts that the Lord will honour your committment and bless you both. You can be assured that Linda and I and all the folks at Coningsby BC will be upholding you in our prayers. Take care of each other lots of Love and God bless. Gerald and Linda
Hazel Edgar said Mon, 24 Jan 2011 08:50PM
Hi ive never met yous but Hello brother sister in God's family. God's got eveyone placed somewhere to do mighty for him I trust God will reveal his great plan for you both there. Amazing work well done hope you continue to settle in and make friends not just with the insects and flies lol. As God provides for all your needs Psalm 139 God Bless! hazelx
Dan & Ivy Connor said Fri, 28 Jan 2011 10:05PM
Hi Paul & Tania, great to read your first blog from kiwoko. Hope you are settling in there and getting used to the new lifestyle. You are much in our thoughts and prayers. Take care. Love from Dan & Ivy x
Myrtle Morrison said Sun, 13 Feb 2011 02:26PM
Hi Paul and Tania, Just to let you know that we are all thinking of you here in Craigavon, we pray for you every Sunday and Tuesdays. God bless you richly as you serve Him. Lots of love, Dill and Myrtle

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