We spent most of last week in Entebbe where we hosted our biannual East Africa Reps meeting, when all of the MCC country reps from East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and South Sudan) gather together. With the exception of Kenya, all of the reps were with us in orientation, so it was great to get a chance to catch up with them and check in about how we all are doing now that we are almost one year into our assignments. The location of this meeting rotates among the five countries, so this was our turn to host. We are grateful for our great staff who worked hard to ensure all the logistics ran smoothly.
Unfortunately, our driver/logistics assistant Daniel was picking up one of our partners at 530am to bring him to the meeting and he was in a car accident. A boda boda (motorcycle taxi) cut in front of the car and he had to slam on the brakes. He doesn’t remember what happened next but from the damage to the car it appears that it rolled into a ditch on one side and then rolled back on the other side. Thankfully, he only has very minor injuries, which we are so grateful for. Unfortunately, the person who stopped to “help” him called his brother and then took off with his phone and wallet.
We are now in the middle of the very complicated process of trying to get insurance coverage for our car, which is pretty badly damaged.
Please pray for us for strength and rest as we’re in the middle of a very busy season with work, on top of the two unexpected recent trips to Kenya, one for the funeral of Muigai’s grandfather in Feb (Muigai only) and the recent travel for his father’s funeral in March. We are now planning for our Annual General meeting, Advisor’s meeting, and reporting seminar for our partners, all of which will take place on May 16th and 17th. We are also short staffed at the moment and are beginning the process of recruiting and hiring a program manager. In addition, we are hoping to travel to Gulu in Northern Uganda sometime in the next month or two.
I’ve also been spending a lot of time lately coordinating some orders for cloth diapers. I made some for a few friends and received orders by word of mouth, then trained a local tailor how to make them. I’m really excited about this small project that is finally taking shape….more on those in a future post.
Thankfully, we are also beginning to plan for our vacation, which we are really looking forward to! We plan to travel to the US for three weeks in July/August, and we can’t wait to spend time with family and friends.