Thursday, September 29, 2011

Things are still moving along

The kitchen has most of its roof on. Beautiful fascia and lots of helping hands. The new village of hope van looks resplendant infront of the newly finished houses.

Sunday school under the tree with mama Loyce

Coralyn was made beautiful by the children in church
Short post because I am just about to run out of sola power. We have just clocked up 24 hours with out no mains power!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Suubi House - The place to be!!

Suubi (hope) House is the place to be for HopeBuilders teams coming to Uganda. This is the new HopeBuilders 'guest house' that has been completed in recent times. So much work has gone into making this a wonderful place to stay while we are here. It is all freshly painted in great Ugandan colours, the front yard has been landscaped and is now just waiting for the lawn to grow - while the back yard has been totally transformed - see below. Two new rooms are being added to the back yard in time for the Schoolies Revolution team's arrival in November. Even Reuben got into the swing of things by helping lay a few bricks 'after work'.

Below is the view from the new deck that is being constructed on top of these rooms. With a bit of a last minute change the building crew is now in full swing of constructing this deck. It will be an amazing place to enjoy a soda at then of a hard day while taking in the wonderful view over Lake Victoria. Uganda is truely a beautiful country.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

More work

Each morning begins with a lovely morning walk from Suubi house up to the Village of Hope. It is often a great way to start the day seeing Ugandan life unfold as you walk up the road. You are always happily greeted and people often join us for a walk and a chat. But soon the work begins in earnest - the ladies were in to the rendering before it got a little bit muddy. The cow poo mix was not a great hit with them!!

The Kitchen roof is going up with the first trusses going up yesterday!!

We continue to have may wonderful African experiances as we see village life working out before us and in so many ways see the cycle of poverty being broken.

Mud Boys

The walls have been bricked up to the roof and the boys are working hard to finish of the bricks ready for their final painting.

Its hard and sweaty work - but the boys love playing in the mud!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Joining In

Chappatis and of course the mighty Rolex was agreat source of energy for the first day. Thanks to Mama Loyce and Millie. Pineapple continues to be amazing here!!

A meal with the children was certainly a highlight. The village is growing so half of the team had dinner with mama Loyce Agnus and the other half joind mama Peris and Rose. This was topped of by a great devotion time where we sung prayed and encouraged eachother. It is such a joy to be able to be part of village life and share this time with mothers and children.

The first few days for team 10 have been wonderful - re connecting with people and meeting new people has been such a joy.

So much in just a few days. We have begun our work at the village and will update progress soon.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

We're Here!!

Yep team 10 has arrived in Jinja and are living it up at Suubi house. Ron and Anne have given us a great welcome. After a 35 hour door to door trip last night we all slept very well.

Church this morning was a truely African service with special items from the children.

It was so good to see the kids and mothers and see how the village has progressed.

We are all looking forward to continuing this journey.