On January 31, we had a grand opening celebration for Akigyeno School. The school wasn't completely finished yet but we wanted to be able to have the team from America here to participate in the festivities. (THERE ARE PICTURES FROM THIS DAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
As with most things in Uganda, they say it's going to start at 10 am...I think we started at 1 pm. Haha! The team even assisted with raising the tents. We are so grateful for the team that God put together. It was an amazing experience to share this day with them that we've all worked so hard for.
The event consisted of many speeches, one from myself included. Most government officials were there from the district and region. They all gave a speech. But the best part was our Ezekiel 37 sponsored students singing a few songs and even performed a 6 minute traditional Karamoja dance which was so great! They worked so hard preparing for this day and they were so proud to be there with us to celebrate. Not only did they sing and dance but they also were integral with cleaning the entire grounds and cooking for everyone who attended. The Ezekiel 37 children will not attend Akigyeno School (as they are all older) but the pride that they carried that day with regard to the school is truly something special. I don't think I could be more proud of those children.
We estimate that there were around 1,000 people in attendance for the grand opening. Everyone was so happy and excited for the school opening (and the free meal)! The Kayepas village did a traditional dance as well to show their appreciation for the school. Amanda even jumped in on the dance!
It was a surreal day. A vision coming to reality. When God says Yes, nobody can say No. He called us to this project and He has provided the way. Thank you for all who have responded to what God has called you to do!
This is from part of my speech...I was long winded but when you have an opportunity to talk to 1,000 people at once including government officials and several villages, you have to get it all in.