Kumi Wheelsblog: Day 7
The Wheels for the World team are hard at work in Kumi, Uganda from the 14th to 24th June. We'll be bringing you all their updates as often as we can...
Today felt like a long last day. We had fewer chairs - in God's grace we had just enough for those who came!
One of the challenges on this trip is that Uganda is suffering a famine.
Coupled with single mothers plus CP children who can be difficult to feed and you have a perfect storm for malnutrition amongst young disabled people.
Several times this week the team have had to see children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. We had a case today where he might not have long to live. This is one of the reasons we insisted on feeding everyone who came to the distributions while they waited for a chair. They clapped almost harder when free food was announced then when we told them about free wheelchairs- but all part of caring for the whole person.
The child in question we sent to the emergency room here and then referred to a nutrition program. A chair was also found that could help him once he was a bit stronger.
So a challenging end, but we had some real highs this evening. We thru a party for the volunteers who had helped us so much with translation and workshop skills. We had lots of food and dancing and a good time was had by all. They even made us a cake- and with food being so expensive here due to famine it really showed their appreciation.
Tomorrow we travel to Kampala to the journey home to following day.
Thank you all for your prayers at work here!
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