Journal Entry by
Peggy Morgan, Samaritan Volunteer
This is HARD work – really!
Today we left the hotel at about 8 am – this was the day for education presentations, Sally [Cezo, Volunteer Services Manager] met w/the beaders (*see below) and I spent time w/ Henrietta who does volunteer/intern programs, “development” (such as it is) and is a REALLY lovely person. We tossed around a lot of ideas and when we talked about getting stories in the newspapers, she explained that if you want to get something in their papers, you must pay for it. So much for press releases!
It was an afternoon of exploration so we set off for Jinja which is where the Nile River begins to flow out of Lake Victoria heading for the Mediterrean. For me it was a lot of driving and our timing was such that after lunch we didn’t have time to do a boat trip or rafting or anything else. We just arrived back at the hotel and it’s 9 PM! Weary puppies and we start again w/breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Anyone who thinks we’re here on a lark will be surprised.
Tomorrow we go to the outreach clinic which is about an hour drive from KHC – and from there we will visit patients in their homes; not sure what to expect of that.
A True-life Wonder Story
Today we met one of the beaders at KHC – when we were leaving to go to Jinja she got on the bus w/us. I wasn’t sure what that was about until we drove down a very rutted, winding road and ended up at her house. Story goes that in 2006 she was begging on the streets and was either HIV-positive or AIDS afflicted. She got into treatment at Kawempe (I don’t know the details of how that happened); became a beader,now is one of their most productive beaders and has made enough money to build not one, but two houses. She lives in one and some of her children live in the other. I’m sure that everyone has lots of pix – it’s a true-life wonder story and makes me happy to think that we sold some of her beads and helped her achieve what she has. Isn’t that amazing? — Peggy
Journal Entry by
Sue Rogoff, RN
Just got back to hotel after a longer, but very different day. In the morning we again started with yoga circle and the song Here We Are Joined Together. It was such a positive way to start the day.
Today was our CME day for the clinical staff. Amy presented on massage therapy which the KHC staff was very interested in. Susan and Sherri spoke on both compassion fatigue and mindfulness and Joanne and I spoke on wound care and prevention. It was a lively group and the staff really appreciated our input.
After tea we headed out with some KHC for a ride to Jinga where the source of the Nile starts at Lake Victoria. Along the way we went to a home of a KHC patient who is one of their amazing success stories. She proudly showed off her home she was able to buy for herself from beading. She is the original beader (see Peggy’s story above).
The ride was filled with sights, sounds, changing landscapes and many people. We had a late lunch overlooking Lake Victoria and then got to see and put our feet in the Nile. Much fun was had with the KHC staff and we actually did get to see monkeys in the tree and the road. But Vince scared them away trying to get pics. (Not , I think it was the noisy bus!). Tomorrow we’ll be doing home visits with team. — SUE
Beads for Education
Beads for Education is an income generating program for KHC clients who are in need of an income so that they can provide for their family. Having money to pay for their children’s school fees is very important our clients as they want to give their children the opportunity to have a brighter future.
Manager of Volunteer Services Sally Cezo, Volunteer Peggy Morgan and Executive Assistant Joan Grzyb have sold over $20,000 of these unique necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Samaritan staff, volunteers and their friends have enjoyed purchasing and wearing these baubles for a good cause. If you look closely at the Uganda photos, you’ll see many of the ladies wearing them!
Sally even create a small, fun bead boutique in her office. In the near future we hope to make these beads available to more people in the community! For now, you can find a selection at Samaritan Thrift, 33 Haddon Ave. Westmont, NJ.
What They’re Made From
The bead makers collect colorful recycled paper usually in the form of old calendars, cereal boxes, pamphlets or magazines then skilfully cut the paper into a series of small triangular shapes.
These shapes are tightly rolled and glued to form a unique bead shape and color before being strung and coated with a minimum of four coats of quality varnish. The result is a unique piece of jewelry.