Creating a childhood and opportunity for orphans in rural Uganda
A visit to the Blue House In Dec. - Jan., US board member Karen Lilley, her sister Marian, and Marian's daughter Hannah (15) spent their holidays at the Blue House. They were so impressed with the girls and staff.
Play this short slide set of their experience. Adjust speed of slide changes with the bar chart to the right of the buttons. Click on a picture for a short description, or see a summary below.
Hannah quickly became "one of the girls." Marian enjoyed getting to know everyone, and Karen focused on business with the director, board, and staff, as well as the girls. Christmas was glorious. Donated soccer uniforms were a big hit. Games -- checkers, puzzles, jump ropes -- and books were fun for all ages.
Chores continued: harvesting groundnuts (peanuts), cooking, cleaning, and carrying. They grow a lot of their own food on the Blue House property. The girls are learning to sew on treadle sewing machines, and the results are amazing. They received hand-made jackets from U of Minnesota students and sun dresses from a St. Paul sewing group, inspiring them to keep stitching.
A field trip to a national park got everyone up-close viewing of impalas, zebras, monkeys and other wild animals. Wart hogs invaded the picnic lunch -- a little too close for comfort!
The girls are learning traditional crafts with a modern twist, including making baskets and mats, and tie dying fabric. Hannah made selfies with them. The girls are also very accomplished at singing traditional, contemporary, and spiritual music, in beautiful harmony.
Uganda has wonderful, friendly people, green land, and great sunsets. It was a perfect visit!