Monday, July 27, 2009
by Chrissy Krum
I am so thankful to finally be here in Uganda with Team U! After leaving Phoenix Sky Harbor at 10:30 p.m, then having an 11.5 hour layover in Detroit, and onto a 5 hour layover in Amsterdam, and finally arriving in Uganda at 2 a.m. on Monday morning, I can honestly say I have never been more excited to see familiar faces. It was a very long journey but I can already say it has been far worth it. Today was simply amazing. We went to True Vine where it was my first encounter with the children. Their little faces are priceless. After playing with the kids there we went on to a preschool where the kids just ran up to us in the cutest purple uniforms just wanting to be loved. We got to shop a little in the Widows Outreach shop where I got a few gifts for friends and family who helped me make this dream a reality. Following this, we fed the Karamojong children. This was the most shocking moment of the day. There were hundreds of kids waiting to get their food. It was so depressing because these innocent children are suffering from starvation. I was so touched it was unbelievable. It was so hard to leave them. We then returned to True Vine after lunch to paint the school, but I just playing with the kids more. I made many new friends who will be in my heart forever. There was one thirteen year old girl who asked to go on a walk with me and the whole time she held my hand and just told me about her life and how both her parents passed away. It broke my heart. All of the kids’ frowns turned into smiles instantly when we would hold their hands or hug them. Who would ever think that such a small gesture could change someone’s day? It was such an amazing day, some parts were hard to handle, but I cannot wait for the rest of the trip, considering this is day one for me!