The children of Chawolo
We had the privilige to be with the children of Chawolo.
Chawolo is a little village in the East of Uganda.
We went to Chawolo with a group of 12 people from Crossroads International Church. We came to support Tim & Wilma with their project in Chawolo.
There were some monkey's on the road before we finished the travel from the capital Kampala to Chawolo.
This is where we met the children of Chawolo.
Aad playing frisbee with the kids.
Posing for a group picture. After each picture the kids run to see their own image on the camerascreen.
Carrying little brothers and sisters around the village is a common practice in Chawolo.
When the sun rises the village pump is already a busy place.
Standing in line to get the jerrycan's filled up.
Carrying water on the head is a common practice. I tried to carry the heavy can from a 10 year old boy and I could hardly carry it without stopping from time to time.
Lush and green. The occasional rainfall explained the colours in the landscape.
The team started to paint the nursery school. The first paint strokes where done by this boy which left some paint on his face.
One of the pastors of Crossroads, Jack, painting the school.
Aunt Jane preparing the porridge for the smallest children.
While we painted the nursery school we were closely watched by the children.
Teacher Joy is a dedicated woman who lovely teaches the kids.
Meanwhile local workers prepare the future for these kids by building the secondary school.
This wooden construction was actually quite helpful for the painting as well.
While the painting continued.
Birgit and others of the team did the children program.
Almost everbody paid attention.
Ismael is leading a group game with the little ones.
On saturday the biggest children program was on with hundreds of children attending and singing together. Lead by Tim Omalla.
After the program the kids got lemonade.
Enjoying it with a smile.
The painting of the school went well. We used purple, creme and white. How about it?
We got to know the children from the orphanage better. Jonathan looks out of the window in his room..
Emma is a talented drawer. I teached him how to take pictures.
He picked up quick and took this picture. He teached me how to hold a grasshopper while it's still alive.
We are brothers and sisters.
We can learn from one another. I learned from this children the meaning of eagerness.
The meaning of friendship.
Sharing intense laughter.
Playing with the wind.
And the need of caring. The roof of the orphanage is leaking and can use some fresh paint.
So while I got some dreams to take home. I also brought something.
Together with Mara, Rick & Rogier we did a sponsored tour on a stand up paddle board trough eleven cities in Friesland. We raised enough to support a whole classroom with chairs, tables, costumes, etc.
Tim & Wilma Omalla who run Child's Destiny of Hope recieving the cheque for the secondary school.
We had some time to visit nearby Tororo Rock.
One of the staffmembers from Child's Destiny of Hope hiding in the cave.
We did a big clothing sale where the locals could buy second hand clothes for small prizes. I had to play security at the door because of the huge demand.
While the sun goes down over the fields of Uganda it's time to leave.
One day the children of Chawolo will be the supporters of their own families.
Like the rainbow that showed up when we played soccer on the fields there is hope in Chawolo.