Posts made in April 7th, 2015

Uganda Day Six

Musana got some new tables for the workspaces so my job today was to clear out space for them and rearrange the new tables.  I will help the women to be more efficient in their work by having the tables against the walls and will also make it more personal for them. When we go make house visits we have been taking pictures of them outside their homes with their families and will print them off a picture to have at their workspace. Along with those workspaces we organized the supply room.  Talk about supplies.  They have so many beads!!  It was a disasterous mess.  I found a lot of really unique pieces and I’m excited to bring some jewelry home with me.  I just love organizing and each of the women came in and were in shock of how neat and clean it was.  Hopefully it says that way. I took a break and showed a few TRX moves and that was just hilarious.  They are so funny because they don’t take exercise seriously. After our workaday we got the privilege once again to go visit 3 of the artisans in their homes.  My partner was Janet and we went with Susan, Rosette, and Immaculate. Immaculate We started off with immaculate in her home and she has 4 children.  We walked in and her home was a big room with the curtain to divide.  Most of the homes are this way. She shared about how her mom taught her hard work and wants that for her children and then feared that she wouldn’t have food for her children.  Which that seemed to be the same theme throughout all the women. Once again we talked about the men and how they don’t take care of their families and just leave them to fend for themselves.  I just can’t fathom that.  But on the other end these women are just as shocked hearing about how men in America are more vigilant in their homes and families.  We shared our own personal experiences with our husbands too. Rosette We then came to Rosettes home.  A very humble home.  No couches.  We sat on mats.  Her 18yr old son was there and joined in on our conversation.  Our conversation started heavy.  Just 3 weeks prior her husband died. Her stepmother taught her hard work but through pain.  However she would teach her children to believe in God, be hard working and go to school because she didn’t.  She wants them to know that she is the mother and the father now and to respect others. Then she asked us advice on how to be a single mother now.  Janet was a single mother so she talked about support men and women. Then she talked about showing love to her children and to share stories about their father and stay close to God. I asked her 18yr old son to share to his mother how she has taught him.  His response was about her lifestyle and to believe in God. Hard working, provided us with an education and he has a belief that his father is looking down on them now. What makes Rosette happy is seeing her children happy and going to school, gospel music, and to see them succeed. Rosette asked us what happens in America after the husband died.  Because in her situation she was blamed for her husbands death and in their culture the husbands family takes all the wealth.  So she is left with nothing. Susan Susan is quite the leader of the pack.  She’s like the mother...

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