I’ve been thinking that all of our readers wanted different views on our experience, and Virginia was really excited to share about her day. So here it is, hot off the press:
Although the past eight days of our stay in Uganda have all been adventures all in its own, today for me was definitely the most memorable experience thus far. Today we visited a couple families that CLD knew from church (mostly single mothers and their children), in the slum of Katanga.
The area we were visiting was the poorest part of the town, and it was a very eye-opening experience for me. Every family we visited lived in shacks about the size of a dorm room at UMass; some of the shacks may have been even smaller. Even though it was heartbreaking to see these wonderful, kind people live in this situation, their attitudes were what blew me away. Every single mother we met had the biggest smile on her face and welcomed us into her home with open arms.
James, who is the pastor of a local church there as well as our translator, explained to us how the women that we were visiting were so happy that we came to visit them and how much it meant to them. Listening to James tell us about some of their stories was remarkable to hear.
All the people that live in Katanga came from various villages to look for jobs, but because employment was and still is limited, many of them end up homeless when they get to the city. Even though Katanga is not the most pleasant place to live, all the women we talked to shared with us how much God has blessed them.Many of them started their own micro-businesses with help from CLD, selling various types of food or other goods.
What amazed me about going to Katanga, was seeing how joyous all the people were there. Even though we were visiting the poorest part of Uganda I’ve seen thus far, the people who lived there all seemed happy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen bigger smiles on children than I saw on the children’s faces at Katanga, and it made my heart melt. These children were running around in torn clothes and bare feet, but laughing and playing like it was the first day of summer. Seeing these people fully rely on God and thanking Him every day for what they have, was truly amazing and utterly inspiring.
With a lot of love,
Virginia, Tommy, Kristen, Luke and Bouge (David)