The report James gave over the phone to our church on Sunday was that Brad sold his passport because they were running short on funds. Such a sense of humor they have over there.
Thankfully, they will not have to sell their passports or plain tickets for funding. They pay $1 for breakfast. A glass of tea was $.30. The price of things is great, but the Ugandans like to do what they can to get money from the white people. I’m hoping Brad will come home with some bartering skills because he’s getting to watch it happen often. Ugandans will name a price to a white man that is three times what they ask of a Ugandan. Brad referred to them as corrupt today and this was his story to support that claim.
They hired a truck to haul rock to the site. The deal was to pay for the truck, driver and his gas. When the truck arrived at the site, they actually put a stick in the gas tank to see how much gas was in it and then gave him a few gallons. Then Brad was told to ride along with him to make sure he didn’t go run away with the gas or use it for something else. Brad rode with him most of the morning and said he was very nice but now wonders if he was just trying to butter him up. In the afternoon Brad had to go drive the water truck, so he didn’t ride along. They gave the guy fuel at 1:00pm, he came back at 2:30pm saying he needed more fuel. He even parked on a slope so it would look like his tank was less full when they measured. They refused to give him more gas. Brad said it was an “animated” conversation and that it was good they owed the truck driver more money than he had taken in gas or they would’ve lost their rock hauler for the day. According to Brad, this kind of thing goes on all the time and slows down progress.
Brad was a watchdog for the morning but a first responder this afternoon. Since he is one of the few people there who knows how to drive, he has been given the job of driving a truck with a 1000 gal water tank to fetch water for their cement mixing. He had the truck full of water and at the site and heard someone yell his name. He turned and saw the thatched roof of a kitchen hut in flames. Fortunately, he was 200 feet from the truck and the truck was 200 feet from the fire. They got it out before it spread to the Carepoint building. He can now say he’s been a fireman in Nebraska and in Uganda.
If you’re wondering where they’re at with the project, they poured cement footings for columns that will hold up the second floor to the school building/boarding house. They’re putting smaller rock on top of the large rocks for the base of the foundation and will hope to start pouring the slab over that on Thursday.
Also, I just found some information on the Children’s HopeChest website that provides background information on the Kayango Carepoint. That link and the above Carepoint link are written in 2010 and 2011, but they are still somewhat informative and relevant. When Brad gets back I’ll go into the explanation of why they’re building a school.