Two months from now members of Change the Truth's Team 3 will wake up under mosquito netting in a hotel in Uganda, have breakfast, then pile into a van to make the first of our daily jaunts from the city of Kampala to the small town of Kajjansi. A few traffic jams, encounters with weaving boda-boda drivers, street vendors, begging children and various roadside animals later, we'll arrive at the unpaved road that winds its way toward St. Mary Kevin School and Orphanage.
As soon as the local children hear the van grunting its way up the red, pitted dirt road, they will start running alongside us, shouting and waving. In various states of dress, stopping in the middle of what ever they are doing, they will call out "muzungu!" and try to get us to smile and wave back. This ruckus sends a signal to kids at SMK that we are getting closer. Those children then quickly pour out of their dorms and classrooms to gather at the gate through which our van will enter. Shouting and clapping and singing and calling our names mushroom into a great concert. The van driver joins in by honking our horn.
The decibel level at that point will be pretty high! Each team member will then climb out of the van and, before we know what hits us, we will be swept up in a sea of outstretched arms and turned up beaming faces.
Welcome to day one at SMK, day two at SMK, day three, etc.
Yesterday team members spent the afternoon sorting, organizing and packing close to 400 pounds of goodies that will be our checked baggage. Now that bags are packed, the upcoming trip seems much more real!
I would like to introduce you to the amazing volunteers who will make up Team 3. Tomorrow you'll meet Melissa, who was also a member of Team 1 and 2, as well as her son, Antwain.