We were given a warm welcome by the pastors and regardless of our personal beliefs, everyone was carried away by the gospel songs at the beginning and touched by the service’s strong spiritual effect on the congregation.
Back at the guesthouse we swapped our diaphanous skirts for working gear, and then headed to the construction site. To complete the one remaining task - painting the buildings.
The AFFCAD team had gone for a vibrant smurf blue paint. Armed with rollers and brushes, everyone got stuck in with the occasional break taken to play with the children who lived in the area. Soon everyone was speckled sky blue.
After we split groups and each group visited the home of a girl taking part in the girls for girls programme. We were greeted by smiling grandmothers and shy siblings. I’m sure the disparity between these two-room homes and the houses waiting for us on London was on everybody’s mind.
Meeting again at the AFFCAD centre, Jaffar and Liz told AFFCADs story from the big dreams at the beginning to the present.
Sally also related a few observations on the behaviours and quirks of foreigners (muzungus) which were amusing and revelatory.
The afternoon was rounded off with a flash mob style dance in the streets where we did our best to imitate the slick moves of our Ugandan counterparts.
Were we tired by the end of the day? Yes. Would we do it all again? Definitely.
Written by Kajuli.