Sorry we haven’t been able to post more regularly, but here are updates from the past few days.

It’s unbelievable that we have already been here for a week. Getting
to know the community and learning about their culture has exceeded my
expectations above and beyond. Everyone here is so welcoming.

On Sunday morning we went to Father John’s for church with Timoth and
Allen. It was quite a different experience then the one Kevin and I
were used to in the US. There was much more singing and dancing.
Everyone was so full of energy. The service was extra long since they
were celebrating the nuns 50th year in the church, but the time still
passed very fast. After about four hours we decided it was time to
leave and got caught in the first rain here on our walk home.

Later in the day once the rain had stopped we all went to a local
seamstress in Shilongo to get fitted for our Ugandan clothing. We all
picked out our fabric in town the day before and were excited to see
how the clothing would turn out.

In the afternoon we played outside with many children who lived in
Shilongo. Kevin played soccer with all the boys while Misaki and I
were told by Fred and Rogers to sing songs with the girls. However, we
decided instead to teach them how to play Frisbee. Although some were
very shy at first they soon felt more comfortable with us and everyone
joined in.

Later in the afternoon we were all very tired and ready for some
downtime. We walked to khatwela twela, a nearby market, and sat for a
while at Homeboys with Rogers, Fred, and Moses. It was so refreshing
since this is one of the only places nearby that has refrigerated
drinks.

On Monday we went on a border tour of Shilongo to look at all of their
water sources, springs and boreholes. Our main focus was on the
Muswama borehole since many community members disliked the water and
told us that it turned yellow when boiled. After examining the
borehole, and taking to people in the village we took a sample of the
water and noticed that it had a slight yellow tint to it. We also
realized that the borehole had a lot of rust on it despite being
relatively new. We were also told that the structural metal used was
iron, as opposed to the galvanized steel used for the Shilongo
borehole. We plan on studying this further next semester to try and
fix this problem.

We are currently awaiting the arrival of David in Mbale (he landed on
Monday night). We are very excited to see him and introduce him to
everyone in the village.

We will write back soon! Miss you all.

Abby