We thought we had the day free today, but it turned out that they wanted us to go and visit several of the local politicians. We at least had the morning to do as we wished, so I explored the market in Soroti with some of the other Americans. It was amazing to see all of the butchered meat hanging from hooks with no refrigeration.

In the afternoon, about a dozen of us filed in and out of 3 different offices to say hello to various politicians. Pilgrim was definitely trying to make the most out of our visit, and based on the poverty I have seen here, I can't blame them. It seems there is very little you can do in this country without first checking in with the local politicians. David went out one day with the mobile medical clinic, and they told him that everyday they have to stop in one of the local government offices to let them know what they are doing that day. On the day David went, this took about an hour. After visiting the politicians, we returned to the school. Someone had brought a frisbee, so we taught some of the students how to throw it. We also walked over to the girls' dormitory. The dormitory was a small building with several rooms, all crowded with 3 or more bunks that were stacked 3 high. There was barely room to walk around, and it is hard to picture the density of the bunks unless you have seen it for yourself. A few of the girls had mosquito nets, but most did not. There was no electricity and no plumbing. There was a well pump outside, which we were told worked most of the time. They had three outhouses, and a cement wall that enclosed a small cement floor (no roof) where they could carry tubs of waters to, to take sponge baths.

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