Monday, January 24, 2011

A Day in the Life of Bitengye

The last few afternoons have been warm here in Uganda, although it's still cool in the mornings. But the Bitengye ladies still work right through, from 8:30 in the morning until 6:30 at night. And even then it's often difficult to send them on their way. Today a large black cloud had materialized by 6:00, and I encouraged them to go home before the rains came. Their answer was "If we wait, the rain will go." Followed by hoots of laughter. They have no intention of giving up any working time during these last few days of the workshop. Meanwhile, Joan has begun to teach a new member of the group how to make beaded
bracelets. Dorothy is from Rubingo, and had been hoping she could join the Bitengye group. She is a member of the widows group there, and friend of Annah, and was delighted to produce two finished bracelets by the end of the day. Our days usually end with singing and sometimes some dancing, praise for a good day of work, for the opportunity to learn how to make new things, and that we are all are still alive. Not even that is taken for granted.


  1. Ah the singing and smiles! You are sooo lucky to be experiencing all that. Thank you for sharing the stories Pippa!

  2. What gorgeous bracelets! I can imagine the designers' excitement and desire to work long days while the workshop is on and you are there to support them - just like when I go on retreat and never want to go to bed, just sew, sew, sew!