Since writing my last blog so many things have happened, but unfortunately my time in Uganda is rapidly running out. I feel so at home here, but also feel as though this is only the start in some ways.
I have visited so many people and shared so many stories, but every single person I have met has been overwhelmed by support from the people and really do want to share their appreciation with everyone that has helped them in some way. I could pretty much write a book but I will highlight a few projects for you.
It will be easy for most of you reading this to understand what it is like to cook a meal. But trying picturing yourself in a small hut, with little lighting or ventilation, standing over an open fire, mingling Posho (a Ugandan dish made from maize flour and water). For some people this is reality. I have had a go at mingling Posho and it is incredibly difficult, but the worst part was constantly inhaling smoke.
Thanks to the help of a little bit of HOPE, smokeless stoves have made a dramatic difference. The fire that is used to cook is contained in a mud shell, allowing the fire to heat the pots and the smoke to escape outside. This not only cuts down the smoke but it vastly reduces the amount of firewood consumed. We heard one story where a lady had built herself a stove and is now building them for other people in her community. From this she has started a small business and has received two goats!
I have visited many youth groups, Straight Talk, where young people learn important life skills, as well as debating on how to improve their lives and that of others. I also met some other young people that are being sponsored to attend a technical institute, giving them opportunities they wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for A little bit of HOPE. It was so good to hear that they all had big dreams for their futures, but also wanted to use the skills they learn to help others.
I think the most humbling experiences were meeting some of the most vulnerable people. Widows are often left excluded
by society, living in desperate accommodation and orphaned children are handed to grandparents and other family
members who simply do not have the resources to look after themselves, let alone four or five children. To see the
transformation in them, the bond they have with each other was such an encouragement! They were overwhelmingly grateful and happy.
This has been an utterly life changing experience. The work the team does is awesome! Please continue to follow and share the stories and work of a little bit of HOPE and please continue or even start to support the work to see more people’s lives changed!