Please, can we braid our hair??? Christine, Mary Abeit, Silyvia and helen came to ask me.On some primary schools in Uganda it is not allowed to braid your hair, on secondary schools is it tpotally not allowed, the girls have to shave their heads (very short!). On our primary school it is allowed, so instead of having too long hair, which is very painful to comb, children do shave or braid. We asked the lady who does the cleaning at the clinic at the neighbours, if she has time. And yes, 30 minutes later she came. The girls ghad prepared the "salon" and were waiting for her. They were ready with the beads and the threads to make the extensions in the hair.
Aunti Mirjam is a very nice lady, who does often braids our gitls. She is gentle and when it hurts too much, she gives the child a break. While she is braiding, the others are joining them on the matt and there is a lot of chatting and laughter.
The braiding of the hair is not only to make the girls more beautiful (because they are already beautiful!!) but it gives them also a booster, to know that they are getting stronger and more healthy. For example Christine, on the two pictures. On the first picture (one year ago) Christine was weak and had almost no hair, the hair she had was very light and thin. She has been very sick several times, this past year. And today het hair was thick and healthy enough to be braided. this was the first time of her life that her hair was braided. She was so happy, she was just beaming!! It is so nice to encourage her this way.