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Last visit report

Welcome Home is the place to be during Christmas! No decorations, no crowds at malls, no lights or fanfare, none of the things that tend to occupy our minds at Christmas time, but we had the time of our lives!

Everything from lots of games with big balls, balloons, and bubbles to face painting (it was fun to watch the children run to the mirror to see what they looked like-everyone got involved with this one, even the guards). We had two water days (Uganda is hot during December) with special water games including a big water fight for the older kids. We used a large sauce pan for the smaller ones to sit in and cool off (no we didn’t light fire under it!). The children especially enjoyed the crafts. They colored a small nativity hanger for the Christmas tree and did a scratch-off of a cross. The highlight of the season for the children was a field trip to the Explorer Nile Park where they saw life sized plaster safari animals, had an overview of the Nile river and dam and played on some equipment in the playground area. Peter, the boy with cerebral palsy had the time of his life there. He loved the grass, balls and watching the other children play.

The workers were not left out of the fun. We had an elephant gift exchange that they really enjoyed (they were so grateful to receive such small gifts as toothbrushes, shoe polish, and hand soap). Another day they got their fingernails painted (the first time for many of them). It was a special time for me to get to know each of them a little more by spending time with them.

I was really impressed by how much the children have learned since I was there last. Many can speak English and they know so much! Welcome Home runs smoothly, the children are well cared for and very happy. Thanks to Mandy and the team for giving the children a second chance at life.