Ekitangaala Ranch Day 2
Awoke to find a boda boda driver waiting for his client and had to snap a photo of his awesome, colorful bike! It was so relaxing to simplify and live without electronics (except my camera of course haha) and enjoy the morning in nature. After breakfast we headed to the primary school where Aunt Cathy wanted to catch up with the 26 kids whose school fees are being payed for from the profits of her book (one year of school fees costs about $10, check out the book at www.oldmzeebook.com) and to share her book with some of the classes.
We then toured the classrooms, everywhere we went kids wanting a "snap" followed, hugged and poked us (I guess to make sure we were real?). We then went to the kitchen to see preparations and get our lunch of beans and posho (maize flour mash) which is a staple food in Uganda and what the kids eat for lunch every day.
After lunch we were treated to the school's dance, singing and drum group doing traditional dances. There was a group of kids who were fascinated by my camera and followed me to see the instant images and video that popped up on screen.
Next we went to see one of the ranch's herds where Chris and I milked a cow for the first time! We then rested before heading out to the the students vs. teachers football game (students won 2-1 and there was much rejoicing by the students).
On our way to dinner we met recent arrivals to the ranch, a family of Karamojong (a tribe from Northern Uganda known for their herding), which was a pleasant surprise. We then went to dinner at the all boys Cornerstone Leadership Academy of, you guessed it, more posho and beans. The boys had many complex questions about America's political and social system; heavy questions that we tried to answer as well as possible and led to a long dinner of good conversation. xoxo, emily
Short uncut video of the kids dancing:
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What beautiful children. I love the girls with the pink dresses; they look like tulips with long willowy stems. The dance film clip had me in stitches when the gentleman danced through with his grass skirt and the children followed like little ducklings.
Thank you for posting so many wonderful images, loved the small child scrunched up next to the wall and later on the empty school chair with the stack of books, so very telling of your classroom visits.
Safe travels to you and Chris
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