Here’s what Tonia had to say about her celebration.
As an initiative to give back to the society, I chose to spend my birthday with some very special kids from the Bushenyi Primary School for the disabled, Uganda.
It came as a big shock to discover that some of these kids had actually been abandoned by their parents who most likely had become. frustrated at the situation and totally given up on them.
We had a great time and it was absolutely a wonderful experience seeing these same kids giggle, laugh, jump, dance leap for joy with huge excitement (even stretch for a drink of water, as they found the meal a bit pepperish since they are not so used to ‘chilly’ here in Uganda….#ReflectiveSmile). It was a whole new experience for them and indeed we had pure undiluted fun that day!
It got really emotional at some point, that I was almost moved to tears. Knowing some of these kids were happy and excited even though they danced off beat/ out of tune with the rhythm of the music; since they could not hear the music playing. It never deemed their excitement. And to think that most of these kids had never seen balloons before!
I was privileged to share some supplies with them that included food stuffs like rice and Irish potatoes(some of their staple food here) and sugar and liquid milk (partly because they had previously been served cereals and pap without milk and sugar).
Along with sanitary pads for the girls among them who had attained puberty, yet had been without such.
Shoes were also distributed among the kids, as the weather here is cold and somewhat harsh, yet they move around without shoes/slippers.
Stationeries, which included books, pencils, erasers, rulers to aid school work was also given out.
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