100th Well Dedication
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Friday, July 22, 2011

by Darlene Skarda

Today we went  first to the village of Buwoyi for the dedication of the Skarda/Lorfing well in honor of parents John E. & Darlene Skarda.  We were met by a group of  children singing and dancing.  We then walked quite a way to the original water source which was a dry mud hole.  I don’t know how far the people now had to walk to get water – maybe over 5 miles one way.  On our walk we encountered several cornfields, gardens with tomatoes, eggplant and sweet potatoes.  These are all common items grown in Uganda.  The well dedication was quite touching as I realized that this well would be here serving people long after I was gone.  We passed out mosquito nets to the boys and dressed many girls with the “Dress A Girl” project.  They were so thrilled with their new dresses.  Then Tristen tossed out a soccer ball and all the boys were running after it.  The people were very nice and not grabbing the dresses as we had encountered a previous day.  It was a good feeling as we left.

Then we went to the village of Sinde fot the 100th well dedication fort Water 4 Kids, Intl.  Angie had a nice banner made and it was quite the celebration.  The people here seemed even poorer than most of them we had previously encountered.  We sat under a large tree and were served soda.  One of the leaders speaking was a Muslim and Tom and Angie said he’s quite a “Christian” Muslim and very probably might become a Christian except that it might have bad consequences for him.  He was a politician but told the people that what Hope/Water 4 Kids was doing was very good as their own government was not doing it for them.  The crops appeared to be very dry and much in need of rain.  As we  were sitting under the tree the storm clouds were building and just as were about to get on the  bus it started raining – what a blessing?

As we were driving out a car in front of us got stuck in the muddy road.  Bobby, our bus driver, got out and helped push the car and after they were stuck again a couple times he got in the car and drove it out for them and then came back and drove our bus out.  He is a good driver!

We stopped a couple places along the road and dressed little girls.  One was about 18 months old and she had on a very ragged top and no bottoms – dress African style!  Angie got out and dressed her in a darling little 2- piece outfit we had in our bag.  That really felt like what “Dress A Girl” was meant  to be.

We drove a couple hours and got to our Rock Classic Hotel in time to shower before dinner as we were all covered with red dust.  It was a great day!



What’s the 4 For?
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by Jeff Rogers

Our coordinating organization here in Uganda is Hope4Kids International. The “4″ in their title has a specific reason…it stands for the four hopes that they (and we, now, in Uganda) are trying to provide:

a sense of value where poverty or other circumstances has stripped it away

water, clothing, medicine, education, whatever is needed

moments of shared laughter and hope

personal actions that demonstrate genuine care; unconditional love through service



Bugs…..Not So Much
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August 2, 2011
by Jeff Rogers

Surprisingly, to me, I am not seeing the bugs I expected. We brought bottles of DEET insect repellant and have scarcely used it. I haven’t seen a mosquito, although I know they are around. They are just not pressing upon us.

There haven’t been any other nasty flying bugs or weird creepy crawlers. There was a tiny spider on the bus that surprised Alissa and caused a small scream…but nothing to write home about.

Maybe I am not being observant enough.

The only bug of notice so far was a large beetle on the footpath of the hike up the Rock. That was a good bug.


I’m on the lookout for more. I’ll try and get my thumb in the next photo, Anna.


Nile High Bungee
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August 2, 2011
by Jeff Rogers

This afternoon we split into two groups: the cautious and the fearless. The cautious ones took a leisurely bus drive to the source of the Nile river. This spot is where more than 4000 liters per second of water bubble up from the ground to feed the Nile River. Their trip included a little put-put boat ride and shopping. An “A” ticket attraction.

Eleven brave people also went to the Nile, but their intent was far more intense. They went bungee jumping over it! At the Nile High Bungee, they climbed stairs to a platform 145 ft above the water and leaped into thin air…connected only by bundles of rubber bands.


Three leaders from Hope4Kids joined the bungee jumpers in the plunge, including Elizabeth, Angie, and Andrew. By choice, most asked to come within a few feet of the Nile surface. A few chose a little more of a dunk finish. Alissa got the biggest drink. This was an “E” ticket attraction!




Feeding the Karamojong
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August 2, 2011
by Jeff Rogers

This morning we visited the Karamojong children to play, visit, and to serve them lunch.


These children, many orphans, are from an area with a reputation likened to biblical Samaria. They are looked down upon and often do not receive services that other areas get (even as little as that might be).Children here used to have to scrounge the trash heaps for food.

Here’s a picture of Pastor Mooney or that Pastor Bob mooning us? Actually, this is a baby whose mother died of AIDS and Pastor Ruth rescued. The baby fell asleep in his tender hold during his walkabout.


Smile Africa (partnered withHope4Kids and Walk4Water) has really stepped in to provide these children with water, food, education, and boarding rooms. In the few years of support the nutrition and health of the children has improved dramatically.

The children play hard and love when visitors come. They want to be held and cuddled.

After playing for a while, we helped the women in-charge to dish and serve the children their lunchtime meal. It was a special science-balanced bowl of rice with soy and vegetable, a small amount of meat, and a fruit banana.The children all washed their hands and said prayers together before they began eating.



We did a little shopping at the widow’s store here, too.


On Top of the Rock
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August 2, 2011
by Jeff Rogers

This morning some of us hiked to the top of the local “Rock.” We were on the bus at 7am just after sunrise.


We arrived at the base of the rock and Tom, our leader, had to present permission and slip the guards a few dollars to let us climb. The guards are there to protect the communications equipment at the top.


The hike is fairly steep as the hill around the rock is not very big in diameter. There are at least four sections where the ascent is by ladder only cemented into the rock. Everyone made it up and down the trail safely.


The view at the top was great! We could see into Kenya and the local surrounding area. A perspective of our ascent can be seen in the picture below. Look closely and you will see the small white rectangle in the middle of the picture is our bus.



Happy Feet…Happy People
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August 2, 2011
by Jeff Rogers

The part of our group that went back to Juba took part in a women’s outreach there. There were about twelve women who were widows and other mothers that do not receive the respect they deserve. Each member of our team paired up with a lady and washed and massaged her feet.


We also rubbed Vaseline on their feet and legs and let them soak in bags. We painted their finger and toenails and applied lipstick to their lips. When we showed them in the mirror, many were incredibly touched and became ecstatic. After we pampered them, we filled their basins with rice and beans. We gave them some pencils and pens along with crackers and some juice to drink.


After they finished their drinks they broke out into joyful song and dance. Many had never been treated as well as this, exclaiming this was the happiest day of their life!



Nambale Well Dedication
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August 1, 2011
by Jeff Rogers

This afternoon we split into two groups. One group headed back to Juba for a women’s outreach. This group went to care for the widows and mothers of the Juba village.

The other group went to a clean water well dedication in Nambale village which is in the Bugiri District of Kenya. This well was funded by the Stone family of Manhattan Beach, CA who gave the well in honor of Lincoln Stone’s 50th birthday. Lincoln’s wife, Amy (a doctor on our trip) surprised him on his birthday with this honorarium.


The village was extremely happy and thankful for the bore hole. It brought tears and cheers to everyone.



With each clean water well dedication comes a hygiene session to further educate the village members how to prevent the transmission of germs and diseases. Sam, the hygiene man, is a funny and effective teacher. “Wash your hands!” he shouts.


In addition to the well dedication and blessing, we distributed pillow-case dresses and mosquito nets to the children.


Visiting Juba
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August 1, 2011
by Jeff Rogers

This morning we visited the village of Juba. It is one of the poorest villages in the area. The amazing work of Hope4Kids and their partners Kingdom Preparation have done amazing things here.


We visited the classrooms they have built.


Although they have some permanent classrooms, they have some less-permanent ones, too. The new ones built to accommodate growth are rough and do not have concrete floors or concrete walls. It was tin roof supported by corner logs and planed boards. The recently added doors keep the animals from going inside.


We also saw the poultry farm where the have begun to generate commerce and support the hospital ministry with eggs. They have about 400 hen chickens currently in their farm.


The children of the schools at Juba did signing and dancing for us. Each of the grades from baby school through Primary 5 performed welcome songs and blessing songs.



Hospital Visit
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July 31, 2011
by Jeff Rogers

This afternoon we went to the Tororo government hospital to visit patients. The hospitals here are unique in many ways. The facilities and conditions in hospitals are incomparable in nearly every way to the United States system.

If you are sick in Uganda, there is no food, and very limited medicine. The facilities are scarcely a thin mattress on a frame and a mosquito net. Your family is expected to care for you while you are in the hospital. They must bring food for you and any linens…otherwise you go without.

Today we partnered with a ministry that brings eggs, sanitation supplies, and prayer to patients there. Although this is a government hospital, they are receptive to the help and assistance.


We bought, prepared, and delivered 360 hard-boiled eggs to the patients. We visited the men’s and women’s ward and then the children’s and nursery areas.


As mentioned in the Mzungu posting, people here think that when a Mzungu visits and touches you, it is a special thing. If that helps a person to have a positive outlook for their wellness, then we helped to deliver that hope today.


It was difficult for me to see people in such need. We came next to them, held their hands, and said prayers with them. My heart was in my throat. Tears flowed.


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