So here we are, Dubai airport. Halfway home having left Entebbe at 3.30pm, we have about 4hrs here before our connecting flight to London Heathrow. Everyone has gone off shopping, leaving me with the bags, but it has given me some time to reflect on the past couple of weeks.
Before we came here, apart from Ian, none of us had been to Uganda and only one to Africa which left me wondering what we was in store for us in this great continent. One thing is certain- we have all seen, heard and experienced things that have amazed, shocked, and grounded us in many ways. Through going to the church service which was unlike anything most of us had experienced before; Through working with the local builders on the site at Lubbe Farm; Through seeing the work of Watoto in their babies homes; Through meeting the children who have been rescued by Watoto from a whole range of situations; Through meeting Okello, the farm manager, who was once a child solider, was rescued by Watoto and was now managing a huge farm providing sustainability to the project; Through meeting Gladys at Living Hope and seeing the work Watoto are doing to help rebuild the lives of women in the local communities around Gulu.
We left Uganda with the ringing endorsements of both Pastor Harrington and Paul, our guide. On our way to the airport Paul once again expressed his gratitude for our work and said what great ambassadors we had been, both for the UK, and for Homewood School. He also commended the group on the relationships between staff and students and the way that Respect had been modelled by all, for all.
Over the past 18 days we have seen some of the work of Watoto and experienced some of the African continent and all of us have loved it!