We passed over the Equator on the way to Gulu.
We are a bunch of happy faces on the bus, despite the long 5+ hour ride to Gulu!
Tailoring is the primary skill, but students can also learn the hospitality industry by working at the school. Girls have varied life experiences, but many were sex slaves during the war. One young lady told me how she was taken at 5 and had "been with many, many men". She was a beautiful young woman. Other girls returned with children and could not find their families after the war or were not accepted into their families. Sister Rosemary's arms were open. She, in fact, protected girls during the war on her compound and refused the soldiers demands for the girls. She told the soldiers they would have to kill her first. The soldiers never returned.
The girls danced for us and with us on more than one occasion.
Every night Stan led "reflections". We each spoke about what we had seen or learned that day. Sometimes our discussions were philosophical, but the attempt was to expand our experience.
Stan brought us scrubs. The back is inscribed - Pros for Africa. Don't we look professional?
All clothing, sheets and towels are washed by hand and hung on the line to dry. Half of the group stayed at St. Monica and the sheets were washed daily. Anything you wanted washed could be left on your bed and it would be returned clean, later in the day.
Notice the woman with the blue basket on her head. The women are masters of carrying extremely heavy things on their heads. We often saw women with huge yellow jugs on their heads.
Doesn't Isaac look excited about the purses? They go well with his AK-47, don't you think?