19 May My Trip to Uganda
Nelson Mandel once said; History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children. – Children are the worlds most valuable resource and it’s the best hope for the future, this is why my heart aches when I heard about the abandoned children and orphans in a remote township of Uganda.
A village called Masaka is where Mrs. Beatrice Nakibuule kankobe had collected these poor kids in her missionary home. She had single-handedly built more rooms in her initial small family house (turned orphanage home) to be able to accommodate all of these children. Eight (8) or more of them sleep in one room, clothing, feeding, medication, sleeping mattresses are inadequate and nothing is ever enough.
She had enrolled a few of the kids in a nearby village school and they all have dropped out due to financial challenges of paying their tuition fees. Even feeding plates are less so they all fed at a time in huge cooking pots. As an individual, I believe we cannot turn our back while the children live in abject poverty. No child should go to sleep without supper.
Paradise.planetearth journeyed to Uganda for just one course and that’s to visit the children of this orphanage, we donated: Medicines, Shoes, Clothes, Books, Toys, Foodstuffs, and Candies… Many thanks to our special friends and donors: Ms. Kareena and Mr. Peter Ademowo (see post and photos @Paradise.planetearth on Instagram
As we journeyed three hours by road from Kampala the Capital of Uganda to Masaka a remote village where the orphanage is located, I was amazed by the verse untapped land mass of Uganda. I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want. When I set on my journey to Uganda I’d thought I was going to bless the land but it’s the irony. Since arrival, the land was a blessing to me and my friends that traveled with me.
This magical rainforest country taught me a lesson “A reasonable agriculture should do it’s best to emulate nature, rather than change the earth to suit the crops” Uganda untapped nature, left the diversified crops to suit the earth. Green, the color of growth enwraps the villages and city of Kampala through to all other cities within the country, very lush and verdant, the plants in their individual beauty merged with the trees and form a massive canopy of the shade of busy chlorophyll. I felt blessed that I can explain.
At one of our stops on the road, I saved a bird chick that fell out of its nest and couldn’t fly… It felt so good (see photos @Paradise.planetearth link) But not so long further down the road on another stop, I was broken hearted when I saw a mutilated cow head with massive horns on display for sale, when we stopped to speak with the keeper of this store where several animal parts had been crafted to pieces of jewelry and bags. She explained that this special species of cows with such massive horns are only peculiar to that region of the country and that the horns is very much sort after because of its peculiarity and which is the basic reason why these special species of cows suffer this agony in the hands of men. “The earth is large enough for all to share but mankind’s heart is not large enough to care” (See photos on @Paradise.planetearth)
And while we were on our way to the airport just before we departed Uganda, we stopped to see the big and beautiful Lake Victoria and it was gracious and breathtaking as it often talked about. (See picture on Instagram)