November has also reached Nyenga. In Norway the fall may be turning into winter, but here it is now rainy season. During the hottest days the weather can suddenly change and a rainstorm set in. Rain season also means that it’s time to plant and sow. The soil is damp and easier to work with. This year ginger has been planted, in addition to the regular corn, tomatoes and cabbage, at Nyenga Children’s Home. The ginger is used by the children’s home in tea, but can also be sold when it is ready to be harvested.
At New Horizon Primary School they’ve started harvesting beans this week. The school has it’s own field where the pupils plant crops as part of the teaching. The whole school has participated in the process sowing the beans and now harvesting them from the field and rinsing them from the pods. The beans will be served for lunch together with poscho, a corn flour mash, at the school. This way the school saves money, as they don’t have to buy the beans, while the pupils at the same time learn about farming, something very relevant in Uganda.
Justine at the health center has also had an immunization session at New Horizon. The pupils who had not been immunized as part of the child immunization program were identified. These pupils received the vaccines against measles, tetanus and tuberculosis. They stood in a row waiting for the three shots, some more nervous than others!
In October there was a baby girl born at the health center. Many mothers in the area give birth at home, alone in mud huts. If something goes wrong during labor this can have major consequences. Even though there isn’t a midwife at the health center, Justine and Bakia, with their experience, were supportive helpers for the delivering mother.