October Recap

A quick summary of what happened at Action in Africa last month!
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V I S I T A T I O N   D A Y 
The first weekend in October we put on our Action in Africa shirts and made the 2 hour trek to St. Edwards to spend the day with the 24 AIA students that attend boarding school in Galamba! It was a long and hot day, but all of us still had a blast. We toured the school, helped pick some potatoes for supper, pumped water from the boar hole for all of the AIA kids, ate peanuts and had a few dance offs. It's always great seeing our secondary students. 
M E E T   M U S A -
A R T   I N T E R N 

We recently "hired" one of our a secondary students, Musa,  to take over all art programs at The Center in exchange for assistance with school fees and school supplies. The exchange is going remarkably well! He genuinely loves art and does really well running a full workshop of children. Some of his favorite art programs to teach are still life, stenciling, bubble letters, and painting. 
M A M A   B E L L A
On Tuesday the 13th we awoke to the wonderful news that one of our very pregnant and beloved mothers finally went into labor. After a seemingly successful c-section, the baby girl unfortunately had difficulty breathing. One of our neighbor mothers jumped on a motorcycle with the doctor to rush the baby to a better hospital in Kampala but unfortunately the baby died on the way. Please keep Mama Bella, her other two daughters, and her husband in your prayers. They all have a long road of recovery ahead of them. 
B C   S E R N A 
BC Serna (our friend that made the Happy video) joined us again in Uganda to make a film specifically for Action in Africa about our programs at The Center. He filmed for 6 days and the footage and pictures he collected are already phenomenal. We cannot wait for the final product! We know it will be great! The film will be premiered at our fundraiser event in Aspen this December.
Paddy, our one university student, also had a busy month. He spent a majority of his time in the field working on “practicals.” He was actually the supervisor of 50 other students on one particular project!  A few weeks ago Paddy sent Sarah a picture of him doing his practicals with a text message that read "I just love my course sister. Thank you and Action in Africa." #winning 
L O C A L   C H A I R M A N 
The Local Chairman (the man on the far right in the picture) joined us at The Center for breakfast and a meet and greet this month. This is comparable to having THE MAYOR over. AKA it was a really big deal and we have been trying to get him here for the last year and a half. He was impressed by our programs and apologized for "being so lost." Classic Uganda!! He had great insight on how to best serve Nakuwadde and we look forward to a promising relationship with him from now on!
B R I G H T W A Y  

Saturday was the graduation of the kindergarten class at one of the primary schools we work with. A handful of our neighborhood kids graduated including Carol and Kato (pictured above). AIA's dance crew performed at the ceremony, which was a huge honor! They did a great job dancing and then gave a speech about what we do at AIA. #success
S T . J O H N S O N 
G R A D U A T I O N 

October was the final month of preparations for the P7 candidates before national exams for completion of primary school certificates. In celebration of the upcoming exam and the completion of primary school, St. Johnson's had a huge graduation ceremony for their candidates. It was a wonderful event to attend and to be a part of.  
Thanks to Maggie Brown and her fundraising efforts, we are now able to offer porridge as the after school snack a few days a week. It has been a huge hit. The kids love it. Not all of the kids that come to The Center get to go home to dinner, so now at least everyone can go home with a full belly. 
H A P P Y   N O V E M B E R ! ! !
We thank you for your continued support! Until next month! 
With Love,
The Action in Africa Team
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