There are streams of children walking home from school, all dressed in uniform, almost all barefoot, mucking around with each other and laughing. There are beautiful little toddlers, picking their way through their red-earth yard hand in hand. Goats are tethered by the side of the road, a source of income for many families.
We drive through plantations of tea, sugar cane and papyrus. There are loads of banana trees and many of the yards are growing small crops of vegetables.
After about 7 hours including our stopover in Jinja, we arrive in Mbale and check into our hotel. It’s a balmy 34 degrees, and we are happy to shake off the dust for a while.
Tomorrow we are going to Nutrition Day, a project which draws people together for education, information and demonstrations in nutrition, early childhood and health. I am very much looking forward to learning about these ChildFund initiatives and meeting some of the local people. See you tomorrow!
Can’t wait to get into the field projects.
Visit Julie’s blog for daily updates on her African Adventure with ChildFund Australia – and watch her first video diary below.