Been busy, busy, busy. Here's the latest haps!
So Sam and I went to another Uganda Cranes game the other weekend. We met up with Holly when we were there which was a good life choice on our part. Both ladies are a grand time. We got our faces painted, partied on the field after the win and had the best of times.
For example, the women here are not equals with the men...at all. I've noticed it more and more the longer that I live here. It's odd and I find that it makes me a little feisty. haha I've had several men try to put me in my place a little bit (or just treat me how they would any other woman) and I can't help but not stand for it.
When I was at St. Stephens I was talking to a man in the village and he was telling me about marriage here in Uganda. He said that when a man and a woman get married, there's really only one person--the man. The man owns the woman. I tilted my head to the side and said something like, "Really? Owns. Like a chicken or a cow?" He kind of laughed but didn't comment on it. He continued to say things like the man picks the names of the children to remind his wife that he's in charge. She wears a ring on her finger to show that she's owned. Ugh. I just looked at him and said, "But why? Why do YOU own HER? I don't understand. I have ten fingers, two eyes, and a brain just like you. Why do you think you should own someone like me?" It's hard because I don't think we get through to them very easy on this point. Like I said, it's like being back in time. I still try anyway.
Tomorrow we're going to the womens groups that we've been working with and we get to see our bead ladies!! We're working with some women in Namatala to start their own income generating project making beads and necklaces. I'll try to take pics tomorrow so you can see.
Lastly, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all of the those who contributed to our Indie-gogo site. We were able to raise ALL of the money for the medical clinic and water filters. My heart is so full and I thank you and love you for having such big hearts and contributing to help make these peoples lives better. Seriously, from the bottom of my heart, Thank you!!