Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bye Dubai... Hello Entebbe!

We had a layover in Dubai... an amazing place.  Nearly all of it is new and luxurious.  It was a fun place to visit, but now we are focused on the children of Our Own Home and heading their way.

So Today, I woke up at 5 o’clock for Entebbe, took another 7 hour flight and a 3 hour long and bumpy ride to Jinja.  I got to see a lot of what East Africa looks like… the rich and the poorest of the poor.  We saw the President’s house and other huge expensive homes on the way, but mostly we saw shacks made of sticks and tin roofs, tarps to plug the rain holes and odd pieces of recycled wood.   There was lots of open space and then a small town would pop up.   The roadside was lined with small businesses… people selling things like fruits and vegetables and sometimes glasses or shoes.   Kids were everywhere, playing with used water bottles, sticks and string.  Life looked rough, but the people seemed to be happy with what they had.

Holly and William had travelled this road many, many times.  They were very nice to take this long drive to meet us at the airport.  They picked us up in the van that Dream of a Better World bought for them a year ago.  William had grown up in one of these small villages.  He said that he would cut down sugar cane as a boy for his family’s money.  He would earn just pennies for a huge bundle of sugar cane.   Holly came here from America and she must have seen this in the same way I did the first time she came.   But she also must have seen something extra special to be doing something as BIG as she is doing now!

We finally made it to our hotel in Jinja, home for the next 9 days.  Already the power has gone on and off 3 times and we’re using mosquito nets that are hanging over our beds.  Life is very different here!  I can’t wait to see the orphanage and meet all the kids, especially “baby” Moses!

OK… gotta go… bye for now!  Jack