With only a half day of work ahead, there was a slight skip to our step as we made our way up to The Village. Some of us got stuck back into the messy job of rendering using a cow manure concoction, managing to finish this job in house 11! Others got a workout while carrying mud bricks up from the farm, with lots of little helpers tagging along, brimming with enthusiasm and conversation. The team headed out in the afternoon to visit Welcome Home; an orphanage for HIV/AIDS orphans. The happiness of the children was infectious, as the simple act of playing and laughing with the children filled them with so much joy. Bubble blowing was a hit, and it was awesome to see the team engaging with these beautiful kids. It was wonderful to think that some of these children would be going to loving homes, but this was also paired with sadness for the ones who may not get adopted out.
Our first shopping day in Jinja was exciting, exploring the beautiful paintings and traditional souvenirs as we tested out our skills in bartering (even if it was only over a few dollars!) Our dinner out was slightly delayed when we encountered a minor vehicle malfunction, so we abandoned the bus and piled into a cosy van for the trip to the ‘All Friends’ restaurant. This delicious dinner out was a good time to come together as a team to relax and reflect on our experiences so far, and there were also many laughs to be had. Sophie