Today was another very busy and fruitful day. There was a very informative and enlightening meeting with a team of engineers here in Kampala. They gave us some water testing kits so that we can check the quality of the water the children are using. We were not able to gather the samples today but will need to do it tomorrow when we go back as the samples must incubate for 24 hours. The team at EMI was incredible and we were very grateful for their time.
We made it to “M” around lunchtime and as we drove up the long dirt drive to the entrance, we were amazed at the utter beauty of the landscape around us. The rolling hills and lush terrain were astounding. Someone commented “I wonder if the children have any idea just how beautiful this place really is?”. At least the surrounding area was beautiful.
Our driver pulled up in front of the main building and we were greeted by many curious and smiling faces. Betsy was immediately recognized by several of the smaller children and they latched onto her, not letting go until we finally had to leave.
One of the main goals for today’s visit was to see the facility first-hand – and we definitely achieved that goal. We were given a grand tour by one of the social workers who went into very great detail about the various children who were there and what the facility was attempting to do to serve and house them.
Another purpose for our visit today was to provide some food and medical aid to the children. We delivered some milk, fruit and biscuits to some very grateful children, and then had a small line of injured kids whose wounds we were able to clean and dress. One young man in particular is especially on our hearts today because not only did he have a very large and painful looking wound on his foot, but also he is not able to hear or speak, and it is clear that he is not accepted by the other children. The look on his face was almost painful to see because of the despair that it showed.
I felt such pity for him as he limped away because I knew that the cut on his foot was one that would eventually heal. He would no doubt have a mean looking scar that he would always see and remember, but the dejection and loneliness that he is suffering from are certainly not going to heal any time soon.
I want to be able to show him that there is someone who not only cares for him but who also can identify with his physical pain. Christ, as the Bible tells us, suffered in the same ways that we do and can sympathize with being rejected by his peers and being in great emotional and physical pain. Hopefully by going back again tomorrow and keeping our promise to return, we will start in some small way to show him this love that Christ has for him and that He desires more for his life – and the lives of all the children – and that the situation they currently find themselves in is temporary.