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1-4-2019, Celebrating Suubi's 10th Birthday and Farewells For Another Year

What a wonderful day it was when we finally had the chance to celebrate the 10th birthday of Suubi Centre. We combined the event to welcome our new Senior 1 and 5 students and also to congratulate last years Senior 4 on successfully passing their 'O' level examinations. The day was filled will lots of performances; singing, dancing and celebrating in true Ugandan style. Thank you to each an every person who has been part of our amazing journey over the past 10 years!

The day began with an official welcome for the Aussies who were lucky enough to be there for the party.

Traditional dance was one of the many special performances during the day, which also included mimes, popular dance and news reading.

There was also many speeches and thank you's throughout the day. 

The Suubi ladies group were acknowledged for over 10 years of being together, sharing skills and supporting each other. They were the very first group to come together, even before Suubi Centre was first built all those years ago.

Suubi Centre Director, Ssemwogerere David and I took the opportunity to thank the many people who have been part of this amazing journey - it certainly has been a huge team effort to help make Suubi the success that it is today.

David was presented with a portrait that had been made from banana fibre, by Frank, a hugely talented local artist. It will now be proudly hung in the administration area of the Suubi SS.

Once the party was over it was time to say farewell to my Ugandan family for another year. It is never an easy thing to do but I know I will be back to see everyone again next year.

I look forward to dinner at the house with Madelena, Noelene, Sematiko and Katende again next year.

Maria's family changes each year as new grandchildren join her at her home. I have been blessed to have watched her own children grow up over the past 10 years and look forward to also seeing these children grow in to adults too over the coming years.

After leaving Lubanda Village I headed to David's Elite Backpackers in Masaka for my last day. This gave me the chance to have a hot shower, enjoy the last delicious dinner prepare by Jackson, finalise my packing and also farewell all the fabulous staff who have become my Masaka based Ugandan family.

EBS staff have taken wonderful care of us whenever we stayed in Masaka. They too are a part of my beloved Ugandan family who I am going to miss so much.

As usual, at the end of a trip I have such mixed feelings; leaving behind my Ugandan family is heartbreaking but the thought of heading home to my Aussie family fills me with joy. I feel absolutely blessed to be lucky enough to have family on both sides of the world, I love them all with all my heart! 


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