Busy, Busy, Busy

The filming process has begun and I must say that I missed it.  Our first day of filming consisted of going to a vocational school called Ave Maria which is in Lira.  It was an intense day of filming not only because it was our first day, but because the school had a whole jam packed day planned out for us.  When we first got to the school there was an opening ceremony and then we started filming the dance and music that the students were performing.  Later on in the day, there was a ceremony for John because he was made into an “elder” of the tribe; it was a very cool ceremony.  The people of Ave Maria also surprised all of us with a gift from them.  The gift was a shirt that had the U.S. and Ugandan flags on the front with the saying, “A friend is another self.”  The backs also had the name of the school with the date that we were there.  If that wasn’t already an unexpected surprise, they also had a tree planting ceremony for all of us.  They said that us coming to visit them was a special event and when a special event happens they plant trees to remember it by.
Today we went to the village of Abia.  We went to this village last year, so it was pretty cool and exciting to be going back again.  It was exceptionally exciting because this was the village that we gathered donations for in order to get the community some oxen and plows to help them out with their planting process.  The beginning of the day consisted of a welcoming ceremony and then we went to go see their chapel.  After all of that was done, I ended up going to help out Sara with a project that she has been planning since November.  I don’t want to take the spotlight away from her since it is her project and I was just helping out, but we went and interviewed a former child soldier and his grandparents.  Needless to say, it was a very great and moving experience I thought because the former soldier said that he was telling us things that he has never told anyone before.
Once again I feel as if I have been very blessed in getting the opportunity to go back to the communities that I saw last year and seeing all of the people again.  I can only hope that our last days of filming go just as well as the previous ones and we end up with great footage highlighting the wonderful people of Uganda.

2 thoughts on “Busy, Busy, Busy

  1. Chase – You are a good man. Thanks for going with Sara, I know how much she appreciates you and your help. I have appreciated keeping up with this journey through your eyes.

  2. Chase it sounds as if u guys all had a good day what a surprise getting T-shirts can’t wait to see it.That was nice that u helped Sara and seems like it was interesting I havent read Sara’s yet so i’ll read it soon.Well it also sounds like un guys have a lot to do in the next few days before take you off.Think of u every day. Love MOM

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