I recently received another sweet letter from Hasimat I have a special love for all the children I support, but a special relationship seems to be growing with Hasimat because of her communications with me. Her last letter was dated November 17, 2014, but because of the mail transportation system and additional processing it only arrived to my address this past week. Because of the letters I receive, I am learning so much about other countries. Before I started sponsoring children in Uganda, I was not aware that a child might actually be responding to me in the English language.* Well, Hasimat does, and her printing is very neat and beautiful. I am so impressed with how much she writes and the details she gives me. In her last letter, she informed me of how well she is doing in school. She told me she is working really hard, and that her friends “are good friends and hard working” girls. She let me know that in Math she and her friends are learning about pie charts, English similies and in Social Studies about the East African community. She said that her favorite subjects are English and Math.
She continued on to tell me how she helps her mother at home with washing clothes, fetching water, cooking food and washing plates. At the Compassion-sponsored center, she is learning the “word of God” and she stated that they “feed well”.
She told me about her family’s Christmas plans which included her mother carrying sugar, soap, clothes and bread to the village where Hasimat would then be going to spend Christmas.
She also included a Bible verse for me found in Psalms 121:2.
Hasimat ended with the following –
“I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.”
A sweet letter indeed!
* This caused me to do research on the languages of Uganda.
The official language is English. Luganda, a central language, is widely spoken across the country, and multiple other languages are also spoken including Runyoro, Runyankole Rukiga, Langi and many others.
Uganda’s official languge is English, which is spoken by most educated Ugandans. The three major indigenous language families are Bantu, Central Sudanic, and Nilotic. Swahili and Luganda are also widely spoken.
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