|Grace, Damasko, Leah, and Florance|
Thanks to one of our donors, today I had the joy of bringing Grace and ‘Old Man’ in on bodas. ‘Old Man’ borrowed a shirt, but didn’t have shoes. His slacks were filthy. I was able to purchase some clothes for each, plus a good pair of shoes and some sandals. I then took them to the hotel in which our teams stay for a buffet lunch. I wish I could really give you a picture. Grace is 38, thin, with a beautiful face. Her clothes were full of holes, and her shoes didn’t fit. Old Man shuffled barefoot up the stairs. Their eyes were huge. The wonderful staff gave them a huge amount of food, so they were able to take some home with them. We left the hotel and went shopping for a mattress. Also, Old Man wanted a padlock for his hut. What a privilege to put each on a boda, along with his/her thick, twin mattress wrapped and tied down to the boda, holding their many sacks – zooming off to the bush. A sight I will long remember!
As I think about the day, I know that Grace and Old Man would never in their lives have expected a day like today. I think also about our libraries and know that through literacy the next generation has the possibility of pulling themselves out of poverty. Our library work here is crucial, as together we truly change lives.
Thank you for reading. Please keep our libraries/librarians in your prayers, as well as the other wonderful people we have come to love in Uganda.