#10: I am “mzungu” and am therefore very interesting to Ugandan children.
Mzungu (pronounced [m̩ˈzuŋɡu]) is a Bantu language term used in the African Great Lakes region to refer to people of European descent. It is a commonly used expression among Bantu peoples in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Zambia.
#9: A “short call” is NOT a brief phone conversation.
“To go for a short call”; “to susu” to “do susu” is for visiting the toilet. Knowing this would have prevented a brief moment of terror, when our host suddenly pulled over to the side of the dark road very late at night, stating that he had to make a short call. The moment he left we were surrounded by people who were walking the street. (We learned later what a “short call” was, and that the people were simply street vendors.)
#8: One does not actually EAT sugar cane.
It wasn’t until Deb & I Googled it later that we knew it was okay that we discreetly spit out the fiber, wadded it up into a napkin, and stashed it in our backpacks.
#7: “Fish & Chips” in Uganda is NOT the same as “Fish & Chips” in the U.S..
#6: Hope and happiness are not dependent on wealth, and can be quite contagious.
#5: Sometimes, those who have the least seem to give the most.
The wonderful caregivers at Angels of Hope allowed us to accompany them to the homes of those patients who can not make the trek to the clinic. This amazing woman not only invited us into her home, but shared baked goods and blessed us.
#4: For many, home visits from Angels of Hope is also a very welcome social visit.
#3: No matter the circumstances, there is always a need for “play.”
Even at the refugee camp where it’s a struggle to meet the basic needs of the 40,000 people serviced there (with 100 more coming each day!), the children find a way to play, creating a ball out of whatever is available, including what we would consider trash.
#2: A child’s laughter needs no translation. (And you can never bring enough lollipops to Uganda.)
#1: Big hearts and a strong will can make a huge difference in the world.