• sarah@healingeyes.org

I’ll never understand

I’ll never understand

Maybe someone can explain why it’s so difficult to have parents pickup their kids from boarding school? This is one area about Uganda I’ll just never completely understand because it’s such a small request. In Uganda it all comes down to transport…the cost of public transportation. In my mind it’s such a small cost to pay for a child to study at boarding school and when it comes to holiday breaks it’s our hope parents will pick their kids up. Some of them will but the ones you expect to do it because they seem so close to their children and loving, just won’t pay the taxi fee to pick their kids up. Why?

Of the culture clashes with America this one isn’t talked about much. Usually we think of languages, food, weather, education, and so on. But the cost of public taxi, also called transport, has got to be the most frustrating difference between cultures when it comes to the children. Even when it comes to working with the government because everyone wants their transport expense paid for otherwise no business will happen.

It’s Easter break tomorrow and children are free to go home for 4 days to visit with their family and friends. Now here in America parents will pick their kids up daily from school or we are blessed to have public buses drop kids off too. In Uganda kids in boarding school are gone 3 months at a time and live at school, the school becomes their second home. So when you get a chance for a 4 day holiday break in my mind I would want to get my kids bright and early and spend time with them. Some parents do this but the majority never seem to go, giving the excuse of transport.

On the flip side the taxis over these holidays will charge more and take advantage of the increase in travelers. We do the same here in America over the 4th of July when gas prices go up.

Definitely one of the more frustrating obstacles in Africa when working with the parents and children who are sponsored.

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