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Divine Waters Compound-Yesterday, January 23rd

Due to lack of access to the Internet last night, I’ll be giving you a double dose tonight.

Every organization, at least Christian ones, should start their work day as Divine Waters Uganda (DWU) does every day. They sing a couple of songs of praise and worship; nothing fancy, just clapping and singing. This is followed by reading the Scriptures and discussion for a total of roughly 30 minutes. I believe there’s great value in starting your day off in that matter; putting yourself in the right perspective to start the day.

Lunch at Lira Hotel with Divine Waters, Julie Smith (left, middle)and Zerihun Hailu of Lifewater and Pamela Crane (right, middle) of Blood:Water Mission..

I don’t know how I haven’t adjusted to the reality of going out to eat in Uganda. The reality is that it takes at least two hours from start to finish. Every time we eat, it’s at a hotel because they have the best maybe the only restaurants in Lira. Breakfast only takes a half hour, however, lunch or dinner always runs long. We sit down, order drinks immediately, wait around five minutes and then order our meals. Not bad, right? It is common for them to be out of a basic ingredient such as cheese, therefore second or third options are not unusual. After an average of 75 minutes, food is served! I am accustomed to the affair of eating out now. Maybe this could be a positive in the States. We would eat more meals at home because everyone would become impatient and leave the restaurant. I love chapita! WIth the consistency of a tortilla except very greasy, it makes a delicious side dish. I had pan-fried goat for lunch today.

Pan-fried goat served with chapati.

By the way, for those of you who don’t know, I had goats for pets as a child!

The conversation I shared with Pastor David Otto who is on the board of directors for DWU as president and treasurer was the most enjoyable and informative part of my day in Uganda. We talked about the need for bicycles in rural Africa for the purpose of transporting water instead of carrying on your head for four kilometers or 2.5 miles thus causing back, neck and knee problems. Initially, this need excited me because I thought it was unmet until I did some online research. If you’re interested, check out: Zambikes.

We also talked about our children, yet more specifically about his children and their need for private schooling. Public school in Uganda has a terrible reputation and rightfully so. David told me if a child attends public primary school (elementary), it is unlikely for the student to pass the national exams required to be admitted into secondary school (high school), let alone university. If a parent can afford put their kids through private school then it’s a no-brainer, they make it happen. A great education is the way out of poverty and it is not cheap. They don’t invest in retirement savings or 401k’s, they invest in their children. This is such a stark contrast to America. Granted our public schools are pretty comparable in quality of education with their private counterparts. Nevertheless, I am very impressed with these parents and how they truly “put their money where their mouth is.” This may rub some people the wrong way, but it shouldn’t. Everyone around the world, no matter their race, color, creed or religion, has a universal love for their children. As long as you are doing what’s best for each individual child then you are pouring out your love for them as they so richly deserve.

S

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