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An everyday example of life here

This is an every day story of how hard peoples lives here can be.

This morning we had an early visitor - the boy who came last week asking for assistance. To remind you, Mugisha is the middle child of three. His father is dead and his mother has abandoned them to be with another man. The mother helped the three build a grass hut before she left but this burnt down recently with all their belongings inside. So now his sister, Peruthi who is in Form 3 at Ntobye Secondary School is the Mother and Father of the house. Mugisha should be in Form 1 but injured his leg at the end of last year and after spending months in hospital missed his chance to begin school. The youngest, another boy named Niyosenga, is in Standard 3 but not in school at present as he has no uniform or equipment he needs for school. After checking with Tumaini Fund (a local organisation who assist orphans) we were encouraged to help this family. Our neighbours' outside worker also confirmed that this boy was genuine and his situation was very bad. We are faced with so many requests for assistance both large and small and it is often hard to discern what is genuine and what is not. Our boys took on this boys blight and were eager to help. To add to this the day after his visit I received a large financial donation from a good friend in Australia who wanted me to use the money to assist others here. How good is God’s timing. By this boys standards our assistance was huge and unattainable for him but to us the financial expense was minimal.

Yesterday Mitchell and I went to town to get some stuff for the family. We bought them 20kg of maize, some of which they could plant and most of it they will crush and use to make ugali. We bought 2kg of beans and a pot of beans and peas to use as seed to grow more food. We bought a hoe to dig as well as plates, cups, spoons, a jug, a bucket and a basin. These basically are the essentials for life here and totalled about 40,000Tsh (AU$30) As we were leaving the market yesterday Mitchell said ‘mum it’s fun buying stuff for other people!’. Then in God’s timing Mugisha arrived this morning (I told him last Thursday to come back next week…..so he did, bright and early). He speaks and understand almost no English and added to that, he is very shy. Last week I had James here to assist with translation but today I was on my own. It was too much stuff for him to carry himself and the boys were so excited to give and they wanted to see where he lives and take his gifts to him. So I explained we would go in the car, I did manage to understand that we could not drive all the way to his house, we would need to walk part way as there is no road.

Our extended family

Soon after we set off on foot with our stuff, a man caught up with Rob and explained he is the local village helper who liaises with Tumaini Fund and highlights the families in need. He was so happy to see us here as he had heard there were ‘certain people’ (I think he didn’t want to say wazungu) who were going to help this family. We walked probably for 10 minutes down a steep single track. The boys were moaning about having to walk back up and I reminded them we only had to walk back to the car and not all the way back up to Murgwanza (which is huge) as the boy had already done this morning. Finally we arrived at their house (which is a temporary one till Tumaini build them a new one). Peruthi appeared from nearby; she was so happy and grateful and seemed a really lovely girl with a huge responsibility on her shoulders that she has just taken in her stride. The plan is to get the two boys back into school next year. Hopefully now they will have some food for a time and can plant some seed so they will have a crop to carry on with. They then escorted us back up the hill to the car and farewelled us welcoming us to return and visit again. We will certainly do that and I will take a few t-shirts as well.

This is by no means the end of their struggles but it will help them get back on their feet and feel as though they have hope. They have seen that they are cared for and that in itself is an awesome blessing.


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We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.~

Ben Sweetland
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