In Muyenzi Roll Out, I mentioned that we gave a lot of our things away. More so me than Elizabeth, but that was mostly because I brought more with me in the first place, bought more while I was here, and therefore, had more to give.
After sorting through all of my clothing, I was able to shed myself of over 2/3 of my wardrobe and all but 3 pairs of shoes, and I’m happy to say that E and I filled 3 big bags full of clothes that will be donated to the Tumaini Fund, which works with widows and orphans in Kagera Region.
As for any and all of my school supplies, from textbooks to post-it notes and pencil sharpeners, went to students at Muyenzi Secondary School and Bukililo Secondary School (the students whom I sponsor there).
Except, of course, for my crayons and colored pencils and markers and construction paper, and jump-ropes and stickers, because those went to the orphanage in Rulenge, and both the nuns and the kids were so excited for presents!
Our household items, from cutting boards and knives to measuring cups and ground black pepper, were given to Mama Kabibi.
Our water tap was donated to Muyenzi Secondary School’s girls dormitory.
My bicycle went to one of my Nyota Fund scholars at Bukililo Secondary School (story to come), as well as the mattress we bought for our infrequent guests.
And that was pretty much it. It felt great to give a lot of the things away, because I knew they’d serve themselves well in their new home.
And though I wanted to use my TV announcer voice every time I handed something over (Behind door #4 is your BRAND NEW OLD BICYCLE!!!!!!!!), I refrained (much to my own chagrin, and much to the relief of Elizabeth).
But it doesn’t mean I didn’t think it. J