Hard Work + Hospitality

A couple of weeks ago we spent the morning with the ladies at the Refuge Center.  They happily welcomed us to their compound, giving us the opportunity to observe the ins and outs of daily life for them.  They even put progress on hold for a bit to teach us their cultural methods for preparing certain foods.  I think they loved every moment just as much as we did.

Enjoy experiencing a glimpse of the day for yourself!

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Ever seen the word “shea” labeled in the ingredients of your body wash or lotion?  Maybe you’ve used shea butter before?  Well, in case you ever wondered where it comes from, here’s your answer- shea nuts!  Shea trees are all over the Abaana’s Hope property.  The thin pulp surrounding the nut is actually quite tasty, I see lots of kids munching on them throughout the week, and the nut inside is useful for many household and medicinal purposes.

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Joyce showed us how to pound the shells off the nuts, which she later ground, then pressed into cooking oil.  Pretty cool process, if you ask me!

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At the moment, livestock being raised at the Center includes chickens, goats, and pigs. The piggery is one of the training tools that will be used to empower these women to become self-sustained after a year in the refuge program. A new litter of piglets was born just last week (they’re so cute!), so I’ll try to go get some pictures of them soon.

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photo credit: Holly

Here we were laughing over my failed attempts at  tossing the basket of seeds and blowing out the dirt.  Notice how they went everywhere, much to the delight of those chickens lol!   At least we were all amused 😉  Even after that, Grace was still so eager to teach me to grind the sim sim (sesame seeds) on a stone.

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photo credit (right): Holly’s sweet sister, April ❤

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Mrs. Pansy…these are for you…  I couldn’t visit Grace’s home without looking around to see where she put that gorgeous painting.  It’s very obvious how proud she is of her gift- on display just inside her front door for every guest to see!

And oh the precious hearts of those ladies…you couldn’t find more considerate hostesses anywhere.  Not only did they invest so much time in us that morning, but they also prepared a meal.  I’m so grateful for their generosity and hospitality.

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This is one way they prepare the sim sim paste…it’s mixed with small dried fish called wanjeri and served with cassava root.  Let me just tell you…it was a meal I will not soon forget ;P

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The kids continue learning their letters and numbers from Angel.  It’s the most special thing to see their eyes light up when they figure out how to form the symbols correctly 🙂

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Our blossoming photographer, Rachel (left), took this picture (right) of me with Maurine just after she’d learned her uppercase and lowercase A’s. Oh the delight!  Never underestimate the value of a good education!
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April, Comboni & I, trying to master the selfie ;P
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Using the coloring sheets that go along with the “Jesus Loves Me” song, the kiddos can now sing, “Jesus loves me- this I know, for the Bible tells me so; Little ones to Him belong- They are weak, but He is strong.”
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3 thoughts on “Hard Work + Hospitality

  1. Thank you for sharing your experiences in Uganda with all of us back here in the states…you inspire and bless us with your outlook on life and customs there…missing you lots!! Aunt Bobbie

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