The time that the team spent in Kivuruga was jam-packed with experiences that were moving, joyful, heart wrenching, and eye-opening—just to list a few of the adjectives that could describe the richness of each day. It is a trip like no other. I have decided to give you a condensed version of additional highlights, each one of could easily command a full post.
Oh, how I would have loved to experience this first one! Again, photos and captions are from Shannon.
A day in the life of a family of eight
Medical Clinic and Nutrition Center
First, a few words from Kent:
…we headed to the health and nutrition center. This was a project that our group, “Our Response” was a huge part of in terms of support so we were all very curious to see what progress had been made in the last couple of years…I was not competely prepared for what we saw…very primitive setting and yet a wonderful improvement from what it had been. I need to state the obvious: it is ridiculous how blessed we are in the U.S. and how much we take it for granted. I felt ashamed, not because we have such wonderful medical facilities, but rather because I have taken so much of that for granted. We saw pregnant moms and recently delivered babies; we saw AIDS victims and incredibly undernourished children. One 15-month-old weighed 11 pounds…they [the staff] were very concerned, but also felt they could help.
Two years ago our group leader had been at the same clinic and they had 30 children that were in a similar predicament. The people at the clinic informed us that they had all been helped and were now fully recovered. So, while it was incredibly heart-breaking, it was also incredibly encouraging. It was a strange dichotomy. Many of us broke down at different times and wept. It was an unbelievable experience and something I will never forget. We also had the opportunity to feed many of the children there which was incredibly humbling. I have never been in a situation quite like that and it is hard to describe.”
On a lighter note
I am including some photos from the team’s visit to the Cultural Village.
King Shaun (Shaun is the lead singer for Tonic Sol-fa)
Economic Development Center
A couple photos from Kelli
Can you tell Kelli is just a little enthused about the trip? Take a listen.
“Amazing seems to be my favorite word…Today I met our two sponsored children, Eric and Diane. We had lunch with them and played and had little conversations. We then hiked quite the crazy hike up and down the hills of Kivuruga to Eric’s house, where we received a greeting like no other. We then trekked again to Michelle and Clint Lundeen’s sponsored child’s house. I have never had such a moving experience…I cannot possibly put the awesomeness of this trip into words! I am unbelievably blessed to be in this beautiful land with these beautiful people! I am truly in love! My heart belongs to Kivuruga!”