The plan for today was to visit a school about 2.5 hrs northwest of Kampala, drop off some sports gear that had been collected and donated for them in Australia, and do some painting for them. We had purchased about 55 ltrs of paint, some brushes and rollers and were hoping to paint a wall and some concrete garden and path edges. Due to the initial delays back at the office getting gear together and the distance we had to travel to get to the school, and delays at the school, I was quite disappointed we only had 1 hour to work before we had to pack up and leave to help setup at the AH Junior school for their graduation day celebrations tomorrow. With the brevity of our work, I felt that our efforts did feel a little pompous – drop off some shoes, soccer balls and boots, netball gear, get a clap, do a little painting and wow, aren’t we good. I would have loved to had more time to really make a difference rather than the lightening trip it was. However, we were able to leave the paint and materials behind meaning they could, at their leisure, paint the walls we had also hoped to do.
From here we set off back to Kampala to help set out chairs for tomorrows function at AH Junior School. We arrived after dark and I was feeling pretty ‘smashed’ by this satge so I was pleased this exercise ended up being a fairly quick given the number of people, us and students, who helped off load a truck of chairs and distribute them in stacks where others would then set them out. I really wondered if there was actually a point in us having been here given we were there for probably about 10 minutes. Anyway, I was feeling tired, so I thought it best to keep my thoughts to myself so I didn’t create any problems by voicing my opinions. Its nice to think that sometimes I can catch myself in this way :-)