January 2012 Newsletter
I apologize for not writing sooner to keep you informed on activities over here, but my days are long and tiring. Living in a 3rd world country presents difficulties daily .
For instance, we were without water for a week. In fact, the 5,000 liter simtank at the orphanage was empty, so we had to travel with buckets and haul back water to Sunrise.
I do not currently have a house daughter to help me with chores, so I am washing my own clothes in buckets, cooking, cleaning, working at the orphanage, working in the corn and potato fields, on and on. I have had five house daughters in the past seven years and have sent all of them to what is called Secondary School, like our high school in the U.S.. So it is my own fault I do not currently have help. My last helper, Evelina, the brightest of all who is 20 years old with only a 7th grade education, is now in a very good private secondary school. She was such a great helper but longed to go back to school. Elementary school is free but high school is quite expensive.
The good news is I have two wonderful new volunteers from the U.S. helping at the orphanage. Hannah Mills is from Fayetteville, Arkansas and Corrinne Rice from Portland, Oregon. Both girls have university degrees and a desire to serve. Corrinne will be with us until December and Hannah for three months. These young women are tall, smart and beautiful with big hearts. They are still getting over the culture shock, but Corrinne is a “hands on” person with great ideas. Hannah studied East Africa at A.U. and speaks some Swahili. She also has knowledge of bee keeping, one of the many projects we hope to incorporate for sustainability.
The children at Sunrise, 6 girls and 6 boys ages 7 to 11, are thriving on the good food, clean beds, extra classroom work and lots of love and attention. We have had an outbreak of fungus infections, but I have done lots of investigating and doctoring to discover how to treat properly.
Last Friday Corrinne and I took 5 of the youngsters to Ikonda Hospital in the pickup truck, about 65 k. from Uhekule, to have rotten baby teeth extracted. It was a rather traumatic day, but these kids are tough… only one gave us a fit in the dentist’s chair. The other four trembled but just held tight to the arms of the chair….very exhausting day. The road only had 13k. of tarmac, very rough ride. A couple kids vomit on the way home but I had taken along plastic bags just in case.
As always, I appreciate the support of the Americans. Your donations are life changing for these youngsters. For instance, one of our little boys who came to us last year was not even in school, no parents, living with an older sister who cannot even write her name. We placed him in 1st. grade last March right after we opened the orphanage, and he finished the year number 1 in his class. He is so bright and will definitely be university material. Not sure I will be around at that time, but maybe God will work some miracles for these children.
Thank you for your prayers, concern and support.
Peace and love,
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