A Vacation Visit to the Village

02/24/14

The new school year just started in Uganda. In January, the children all had a break. Our in-country staff used this break as a time to visit some of the Village Partnership Program children, spend time with their parents or guardians, and see what their daily life looks like. They were very impressed by what they found!

 
Visiting Allan's home and shop:
Allan is a fourth-grader who dreams of becoming a doctor. But meanwhile, he has a business to help run, and his relatives say he has been taking on more and more responsibility since he started at COTN's school. His family's shop sells sweets, salt, laundry soap, biscuits, and matches. He proudly sold a few items to Mama Rose, an in-country staff member, when she came by to visit him.
 
Allan proudly shows a staff member his family's shop, which he helps run
                                  Allan proudly shows a staff member his family's shop, which he helps run.
 
Allan sells sweets to Mama Rose
                                                             Allan sells sweets to Mama Rose.
 
Nancy shares the Word of God:
On her vacation, Nancy was busy working alongside her mother. The two of them do all the laundry together by hand. Her mother also operates a small bakery—making bread and selling it locally. Nancy helps with the baking as well. 
 
Not only does Nancy help her mother, she is also very active in her church. She teaches Sunday school and leads songs—many of which she learned at COTN's school!
 
Nancy and her mother work together to hand wash the family's laundry
Nancy and her mother work together to hand wash the family's laundry. Nancy likes helping out at home and at church.
 
Joshua makes bricks:
Joshua's brother makes and sells bricks, so when Joshua has time off of school, he jumps right in to help. He is proud that he is gaining practical skills in brick-making, and helping to support the family. Joshua's mother reports that he is becoming a very good cook, and he often cooks for the family. Like Nancy, he leads songs at his church. 
 
Joshua is proud of his contributions to his brother's brick-making business
                                   Joshua is proud of his contributions to his brother's brick-making business.
 
Joshua also helps his family by gathering water. He's glad he has a bicycle
                   Joshua also helps his family by gathering water. He's glad he has a bicycle to help him carry it!
 
Daniel cares for his cousin:
Like the other children, Daniel has plenty of chores to do at home. But when he's done, this sixth-grader goes to spend time with his physically impaired cousin. His cousin can't walk by herself, or feed herself, so Daniel helps her eat and get anything she needs. When no one else is home, Daniel sits by her side and keeps her company. 
 
Daniel hopes to become a doctor, and is one of the top performing students in his class. His hard work at school and compassionate heart at home have convinced the staff that he can achieve this goal. 
 
Daniel wants to be a doctor when he grows up
                                                  Daniel wants to be a doctor when he grows up.
 
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