I’ve been struggling the past two days with motion sickness. We have flown 15 times over the past 8 days. I was fine until we had to fly through a thunderstorm on a small bush plane from DR Congo to Uganda. For 1.5 hours the pilot flew in large circles, swooping over thunder clouds, and then dropping thousands of feet to avoid being struck by lightening. I did everything I could to keep from getting sick on the plane. I was so so so glad to finally land in Uganda. As soon as we landed we had to drive 6 hours round trip to view land for a new orphanage. After handling such a crazy plane ride, I thought I could handle the van ride…I was wrong. After 5 hours riding in the van we pulled over, and I lost my breakfast.
The next day, I made the big mistake of taking motion sickness medication since we had to drive another 4 hours to do an orphanage visit. I pretty much went into a coma for the entire drive. I was a zombie when we arrived at the orphanage. I’m so mad at myself for taking those pills. I could barely interact with the kids. Luckily, we were taking all the kids from the orphanage to the source of the Nile River, so I had 2 more hours to sleep before I them again.
When we arrived at the Nile River with the kids I was feeling much better. We loaded up 78 people onto rickety wooden boats to see where the Nile River meets Lake Victoria. Today was the first time any of the children had ever been on a boat. I will never forget days like today. The kids were bursting with joy and soaked up every minute of our 30 minute boat ride.
After riding around in the boats we took the children to the Nile River Restaurant to eat fish. When the fish feast was served the kids devoured their huge meals. I couldn’t believe their little bodies could consume so much fish. I was only able to eat half of my fish. Four of the kids quickly gathered around my plate and picked the bones dry. Later we found out that the children only eat meat once a year at Christmas. They eat corn or rice mush everyday with very little vegetables. News like that always makes my heart hurt. It’s hard to believe how blessed some of us live on a daily basis.
Photographs for Serving Orphans Worldwide
Grace Orphanage, Uganda