Today was Bujakko’s sports day 2019, and much to our delight, we were invited to participate in some events in their communities.
A few nights previous, Mrs Bond had organised us into four groups and linked us with a house for the day. We then decided which activities we each wanted to partake in. To our surprise, we read activities such as the egg and spoon race, sack racing and blind walk in place of athletics.
To start our morning off right, we all tucked in to some delicious rolex – which most of us agreed was the best we had had on this trip – sorry Mama Millie!
The morning was filled with football matches. James, Michael, Toby, Ben P, Ben BF and Luke participated in the event, which had some interesting refereeing and interpretation of the rules to say the least! We won’t mention a missed opportunity from the six-yard box either…
We then had a brief lunch break before returning the sports day and the round of netball matches. Several of our girls played but yet again, the rules we knew from home weren’t exactly the ones played in Uganda…frustrating for our girls. Volleyball was great fun although we certainly aren’t as good as the Bunjakko students. The two highlights must be the sack race and the blind walk. The sack race was not as we knew it from primary school – rather than hopping, you had to run in the sack…a task that proved harder than we thought…eh Fran! The blind walk was hilarious! You had to walk about 20 metres with a blindfold on then kick a football. There were lots of claims of cheating from the Ugandan students when they manage to realign themselves, but our heroes were Luke and Sam, who managed to complete the task!
To end a perfect day, we were invited to join some students for one of their praise and worship evenings. To be totally honest, we were all slightly apprehensive, especially after hearing the description of a “religious mosh pit”. However, what we found was an energetic, positive and fun environment of young people singing and dancing about something they believe strongly in. We all came away beaming, knowing it’s unlikely we’ll ever experience anything like it again. We danced to the point we needed to cool down outside, had new friends teach us different dances and sang along once we picked up the words. It showed us all a different side to religion, as it was completely different to praying and worship ceremonies in the UK; for many of us, it has been one of the highlights of the trip. Singing Emela (a song we had previously learnt in Kamazinda) was the best way to end it.
Kate and Issy