We had another successful day talking with members of Shilongo. The people are becoming more and more open with us, as we strengthen our relationships each and everyday. For the past six nights ever since we arrived in Mbale we have been staying in a place called Nytondome, at a FDNC compound that hosts their band, vocational school, special needs primary school, and arts and crafts center. It is a quaint place with amazing people. We are looked after by a man named Pore (pour-eh), who takes care of us, making himself available to us for our every need. He is a quiet spoken man with the kindest manners. He speaks pretty good English, but is learning more, and also teaching us Lugisu. We are cooked for by an elderly woman named Jessica Watulatsu. She is also very kind and visits with us during breakfast, afternoon tea, and dinner. There is a young boy by the name of Emma who lives at the compound and serves as our entertainment around the clock. He is about 4 years old, full of energy, has a big smile, and loves the attention. It has been a wonderful stay thus far. Living without electricity, running water, and all those other distractions reminds us how powerful and amazing a conversation between people can be. Tomorrow we will move homes to a parish in Shilongo, and although we are going to miss the comfort and people at Nytondome, we are excited to further immerse ourselves in Village life and culture. Because of this move, we may not be able to access internet as often, but will do our best to keep you updated.
Below are a few pictures we have taken, and we promise to post more as we are able.
…on second thought… the connection is not fast enough to upload pictures. We will do our best to post some soon.
Until next time, take care and Alinde (Bye!).