Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy Birthday Number 1!!!

July 14th is something more than just Bastille Day.  It is the 21st birthday of one of my students, Agnes Asio, affectionately known as Number 1.  Agnes is Nyero, Uganda, in Kumi District, about  2.5 hours from Kapuwai.  She is a nursing student at PACODET's Community Health Nursing Program.

She has a sharp, sharp wit and she is wise beyond her years.  She is my closest friend in Uganda, although I have many really good friends here.  We laugh at each other constantly.

She has told me that her father is a peasant.  The Ugandan English accent takes getting used to, so I misunderstood her to say that her father was a "piss ant".  We worked out what she was actually saying and had another of our many, many laughs together.  At some point I will do a post about all the things I have misunderstood.  As you can see by her picture, she is stunning.  Were she born in different circumstances she could very easily be a supermodel.

She is called Number 1 because Agnes is a very common name for women in Uganda.  There are three at PACODET now.  I started calling them Agnes 1, Agnes 2 and Agnes 3 based on the order I met them.  Everyone around took to calling them Number 1, Number 2 and Number 3.  It is quite funny to hear them calling to each other.

If you have time, send me an email wishing Agnes a Happy Birthday.  She will adore these wishes as she doesn't really comprehend how the web works.