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We visited the school that Pilgrim runs today. We talked to some of the kids, and visited the classrooms. The most amazing thing was the kitchen, which was a covered area where there were three very large pots of stuff cooking over open fires, with large sticks in them for stirring. The kids get Matoke or rice, and beans most days, although they were also cooking some meat dish the day we visited. Some of the kids told David that the food at the school is very good. I guess most things are good compared to the food in the camps. They really don't get fruits or vegetables to speak of. I guess they used to, but during the flooding, Pilgrim diverted money used for their fruits and veggies to helping with flood relief. It is unclear when/if they would get fruits and veggies again.

We stopped by the medical clinic as well. They weren't seeing patients while we were there, but we got to see the facilities. They actually had a hand-crank centrifuge. Power is really a problem in Uganda, especially in remote towns like Soroti.

Later in the afternoon, we went to see some rock paintings. It was very nice to get out and hike about a bit. There was an older man who lives there, and has been taking people to see the paintings for very many years. It was interesting to talk to him. He has seen many different people come to see the paintings, and at some point he talked about how they had to move some rocks around to protect the paintings. The paintings consist mostly of symbols of the sun, but there are a couple of "people" that are barely visible, and what looks like a boat.

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