Our agency has just finished up with two site inspections from two different overseeing organizations. Inspections are a ‘beautiful’ thing you know. They keep an organization in line and on their toes. When you’re running an agency and in the middle of a site inspection (or preparing for an upcoming one), it dominates your thoughts. I guess I should say, it dominates my thoughts.
We got through them both, but the final ‘verdict’ on how we faired won’t occur until weeks from now.
Back in June, 2014 one of OFY’s adoptive parents from a few years back contacted me and said that our agency was selected by her church to be the recipient of their ‘Loose Bills’ program for the month of July, 2014. I was invited to speak at their Saturday evening and Sunday morning services and describe what we are doing at OFY. I particularly emphasized our current efforts in Uganda.
I have told the following story verbally to many people who talk to me about my experiences in Uganda. I thought it was about time that I put it in writing. My only concern it that it will be too long. I have to break it up into two parts. So, here’s Part I.
When you are a “Mzungu,” a white person in Uganda, you are seen as a wealthy individual. You are rich in the eyes of a Ugandan. And truthfully, you are wealthy; very wealthy compared to the average Ugandan.
Yes…I’m still here. It’s been 5 or 6 weeks since I’ve taken the time to post a blog. Lots has been happening. We’ve had two State Site Inspections: one for our agency’s two year certification; one for MEPA. We’ve been evaluated and approved to become a Private Child Placing agency (yeah!!). I submitted a Request for Qualifications to Cuyahoga County Government to see if we’ll be selected for a contractual agreement for foster care services (we were…yeah again).
A few weeks ago I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of a rainstorm just blasting the roof of my home. You know that sound don’t you? It makes you feel glad to be safe and dry inside your home and not outside where it’s raining ‘cats and dogs.’