Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
I had so many grand plans with my blog . . . but Uganda has a magical way of making the weeks past quicker than you can say “TIA” (definition: abbreviation of “This Is Africa”, a commonly used phrase mainly used in times of frustration e.g. when policeman ask for a $100 bribe for standing still too long, when only one thing on the menu is available that day but you don’t feel like a boiled egg with a goat kebab).
Before I delight you all with amusing tales of my days here I thought the best way to start is to describe my typical day (although there is certainly no typical type of day here i.e. TIA):
0300 - Wake up to the sounds of dogs fighting, roll over and think of buying a slingshot
0700 - Start the day with vegemite on toast, got to have a reminder of home
0800 - Wander down to Malaika Babies Home and try to avoid the pot holes that resemble craters and the drivers that treat the road as a Formula 1 racetrack
0830 - Detour into the babies home to say good morning to our beautiful babies. Greetings from the bubs are mixed – some give huge hugs, others give a mouthful of saliva. I can’t explain what an amazing start to the day it is when the first thing you see is a gummy smile and a room full of gorgeous, but more importantly, extremely happy and content babies.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
One beautiful sunny day we decided that the older boys needed a day out! So we bundled them all up with some of our Malaika carers, grabbed the bags with everything needed for 5 babies (thanks to Jo who knew what to pack!) and we set off for the day.
Despite a quick stop along the way to deal with some car sickness (car was cleaned up in record speed!) we arrived at one of the gardens of a local hotel.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Working overnight Katie and Lucy made an inspiring appeal to all of the Child's i supporters to help save Joey's life:
As soon as the appeal video was posted we were overwhelmed with the immediate response from people all over the world, all with the common goal of saving the life of a little baby called Joey. I was touched by the amount of people that I knew who donated even though I may not have spoken to them for years. It's funny how something so important can transcend everything.
A day later, on my 32nd birthday we were all glued to the Just Giving page where the money was still escalating at a phenomenal speed. And then it happened . . .
Couldn't have asked for a better birthday present. Because of generous people all around the world a special little boy would get a third chance at life, his second chance was arriving at Malaika and being adopted into a loving family. 10,000 pounds in 38 hours, unbelievable!!
Joey travelled to South Africa with his mum and went through the long operation of life saving heart surgery. His recovery was quick as he is a little fighter and must have been wanting to go back to his new dad as well as his new brothers and sisters who were all missing him terribly.
Joey's family were so overwhelmed and touched by the kindness of strangers and upon arriving back in Kampala with a healthy Joey, they wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of their hearts.
What a whirlwind of a week, there were daily tears as everyone took turns but the end goal was always in sight. And now, as we can see Joey grow and thrive we know his future is bright. And all thanks to people who knew Joey was meant to be here for a long time yet.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Whether the trip is short, long, bumpy or at 4am in the morning, Max will always greet you with a massive smile and a "Hi baby, what's up?".
But beware . . . his van is fitted with numerous sub-woofers which will vibrate you to your core and speakers which tell your neighbours in a 3 kilometre radius that you have arrived home.
With all of this elaborate equipment you would be expecting some hard core music. Well, you would not be disappointed. Among the favourites in the Max-Mobile are 'Eye of The Tiger', 'Karma Chameleon' and no trip would be complete without the infamous 'Breathless' by The Corrs.
But upon entering the van we would all be quivering in anticipation as to whether we would be lucky enough to hear the signature tune of the Max-Mobile. Sure enough the blonde and shoulder-padded Bonnie Tyler would be appear on the screen, gazing out of the window . . .
Turn around . . . Every now and then I get a little bit lonely and you're never coming round . . .
Screams follow the opening lyrics but then it's down to business. Max takes the lead vocal with us girls (and Ian singing in his falsetto) singing backup. With the sub-woofers pounding and Max swerving in and out of traffic we are home in no time.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Below is the Child's i Mission Statement which shows exactly what Lucy and her team are doing over here in Kampala and the amazing services that are offered to vulnerable mothers, families and their precious babies. I have been so lucky to be a part of it - I dare you not to feel something when watching this video!