Sweet enough?

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Mon, 12 Dec 2011 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Last weekend I had a surprise visit from a fellow clinical instructor at the school. He is currently attending another nurse training institution for additional training, and had just called to visit his Kiwoko friends on his days off. It was lovely to catch up with him, but also incredibly interesting listening to stories about the training institute that he is attending and making comparisons to our own here.

Due to the rising inflation and economic challenges in Uganda, many boarding institutions have implemented changes especially to the diet they provide, in order to make money stretch to cover wages etc. So my colleague was telling me that they had stopped providing sugar for students. Sugar would be taken in tea and added to porridge for breakfast. This means that tea would have to be taken ‘dry’. This is the term used to describe tea without milk or sugar. Not appealing to most Ugandans!

To many of us that doesn’t sound like the biggest hardship as we hypocritically (in my case) stop taking sugar in my tea then have a mars bar or a bun/biscuit of some sort with my tea! In Uganda most people cannot afford sweets /chocolate/biscuits or sweet fizzy drinks (called sodas here). This may help you to appreciate more the significance of not having sugar in your tea (or porridge).

My colleague (in his role as elected student leader) had been to see the principal nursing tutor and complain about the lack of sugar. He felt like he could cope better if they cut out anything else from the diet but not sugar. Sadly for him his plea fell on deaf ears.

Last week I had been to Kampala to do my weekly shop. I had decided to buy some 1 kg bags of sugar to use as Christmas presents. I hadn’t explained why to Rory in case it sounded a bit crazy. So, before Dan left, I presented him with his early Christmas present – a bag of sugar. I wish you could have seen and heard his reaction – pure joy. I honestly don’t think he could have been more happy had I given him a million Ugandan Shillings!

I don’t know that I would be skipping if someone gave me a bag of sugar for Christmas. However a big slice of lemon meringue pie with fresh cream (preferably from Donaghdee Garden Centre) would certainly get a similar response!

Whatever your heart’s desire is for Christmas this year I hope that you get it!

While we hope to get more blogs up over the next while, this may be our last before the great Feast on 25th. Thus we want to wish all our friends, family and supporters a Happy Christmas and thank you thank you for all the support over this year – not least those who have sent greetings, cards and gifts for us and for our Gideon.

Happy Christmas!

Rory Denise and Gideon.

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