The GLI Kampala campus is a large house with a gated garden at the end of a quiet lane. Already we have met a half a dozen young people that are connected with the project in one way or another. Martina is the field Marshall who keeps everything moving the right direction. She and Isao met us at the airport. Simon visited with us at breakfast. Her Dad, Henry, and brother Patrick helped us tremendously in running some errands, then we had lunch at the Acacia mall. In the food court, people come out withe menus from each vendor and bring service to each table. The Ugandan food was delicious!
In the afternoon, Joanne invited us to her auntie’s wedding. The wedding was not large–it was enormous! There must have been five or six hundred people. We sat with Joanne and her group of marvelous friends. Though our clothes were still fresh this early in the trip, we were most definitely underdressed. The Ugandans were dressed to the nines, from the granma’s to the little kids. Everyone welcomed us all the same. The reception was mc’d by a pair of television personalities and entertainment included traditional dancers, singers and speeches. Mostly the presentations were spoken in Lugunda, but every now and then and English phrase would pop out. And some of the lugundan started to sound familiar. Nyo Nyo means VERY much! The reception was on the scale of an Olympic closing ceremony. What an honor to be included!