My internship is soon closing in and the event that I have been longing for the whole internship was coming up, and that was the Christmas party. I had, together with Eric, reached out to friends and family in Sweden for a contribution for the Christmas party because we really wanted it to happen, but the budget was tight for Wells of Hope. We were surprised by the amount of love and support that we received, and we were able to start planning for buying all the children Christmas presents. And to wrap over a hundred gifts really gets you in that Christmas spirit. It was nice to see all the children individually get a Christmas gift, I was overwhelmed with a lot of joy!
The Christmas party took place at our junior school on Saturday but Sharon, Aidah, Eric, Joslyn and I set of for our highschool at Friday afternoon for some quality time with the older children. When we arrived, the children had already made a plan about the night and what they wanted to do. It included a quiz, poems and dancing. Henry did, as usual, an amazing job as commentator and organized the evening. He has impressed me over and over again by his radiance when talking in front of people. We danced a lot and I wish you all could see when they made the staff have a dance battle. Me and Eric went in for it and Eric throwed popcorn to the children like a true Rockstar. My cheeks were hurting after all the laughter that night when we set off for junior school.
On Saturday we started off the day with getting the Christmas tree set up. The children decorated the tree and got glitter all over themselves. It was the first time I saw someone decorating a Christmas tree with balloons and it turned out amazing! I enjoyed seeing the children helping out with all the decorations before the actual Christmas party started. They are so responsible and engaged in everything they do. Some highlights from the Christmas party was when Father Christmas who danced around and throwing candy to the children. They got so excited that it turned in to a smaller chaos of them trying to get the candy. Another thing that made me smile was when the graduates from top class came out with their graduation clothes and they all looked so proud. They had prepared a dance for us and that was the cutest thing I have ever seen! That we celebrate their achievements in this way feels like a key thing and gives the children happy memories from an important milestone in their life.
The Christmas party was a fun day. At mine and Eric’s first day at Wells of Hope we attended the two last days of the Camp David Uganda and that ended with a bonfire at the junior school. This Christmas party was the last time we were going to see the children during our internship, so it felt like a good idea to arrange a bonfire as the final activity. We bought some snacks for the children and arranged so they could listen to some music. Prisca 6 years crawled up in my lap and fell asleep right away, exhausted from all the celebration. And she stayed there until I carried her through the chilly weather to the girl’s dormitory. Before all the girls went to sleep, Rose, the counselor at the school put on music and we all danced together. The girls giggled at my dancing skills but someday I will impress them.
The High School students went home right before the bonfire, and I waved them off. The highlight with them was the Friday activity. Seeing them dance like crazy, laugh and play together truly made me happy. I have a video clip on them dancing and when I watch it, I always start laughing. The last day with the children at the Junior School was Sunday and after the Sunday school service, I spent the rest of the time playing with the kids. One girl that caught my attention at the beginning of this internship was Blessing and we spent the Sunday together.
We played around with the balloons and then Prisca, Blessing and me just sat and watched Eric teach Bernard to play chess.
As you have read, I had a wonderful weekend and it’s hard to put into words. I thank Wells of Hope Ministries for their great work. Seeing the children at school, during counseling and in activities like these; they are always well behaved, kind and taking care of each other. That is a true testimony of the great work Wells of Hope does.
Compiled by Elise Schnaufer
Intern at Wells of Hope Ministries