Oct 6, 2013 - Uganda panda
The video I watched about the poverty found in Uganda mostly followed the efforts made by a non-profit organization called Kiva. Kiva basically links very small private business owners in very poor places like Uganda, and creates a way for investors from rich places like America to invest in the businesses. This involves a lot of traveling to find these specific people with businesses that are mostly just looking anywhere from 100$ to 1000$. The video showed a lot of the effects this has had and it was very encouraging to see just how far...Jump to full entry
Aug 13, 2013 - Down day!
So today was a pretty awful day! Our school is such a negative setting and the teachers are very unmotivated. It is a struggle to get a conversation out of the staff without it resulting in them saying 'well Africans are born to suffer' which quickly ends most conversations. Today we caught a teacher canning a girl in my class. It was shocking and very disturbing. We still don't know what she had done wrong but I have never seen or heard anything like it. It dropped the mood between the volunteer teachers even further. At lunch time I got...Jump to full entry
Aug 6, 2013 - Please read this one: Sue’s home and is on a mission
My leave taking was so moving. I was dying to be home again but the Ugandan way is to mark the occasion and extract promises of reunion – ‘don’t be lost to us’. It made me realise how deep some of those relationships had become and how much I would miss the amazing people at Malaika. You can see just a few of them on the attached photos. Also please watch the 3 minute video at http://bit.ly/15PB13i to see the appalling story of the most recently admitted child. ( If the link doesn't work access it through youtube or...Jump to full entry
Jul 29, 2013 - Day I've lost track!
Tuesday 29th July Teaching in Uganda is so strange! My school is called Ratugunda and a is one form entry state school. In my class there are 53 children ranging from the age of 8 - 21years old! Children are held back in a year until they pass their exams! It costs children 7,500 a term to attend school which is about£1.75 and often children have to leave because they cannot afford the fees! My classroom consists of benches, a teacher desk and a blackboard. There are no windows or door and the roof leaves a lot to be desired! Teaching...Jump to full entry
Jul 24, 2013 - Day I've lost track!
Wednesday 24th July Day 9 Lodge life! Lodge life is challenging! After about 7pm it is PITCH black. We only have electricity for 3 hours between 7pm and 11pm and we are told that is a luxury! The Internet is intermittent- as you can imagine, being 9000ft high in a forest in E.Africa means living in a western way is almost impossible! Showers are ice cold and often run out and then you have to wait for the generator to switch from electricity to water and begin pumping water again! This can take hours! We will only get meat twice a week but...Jump to full entry
Jul 22, 2013 - Day 8
Tuesday 23rd July Day 8 Finally we are at the lodge in Kanungu. It is very remote. Kanungu town is about 10mins away but apart from that we are all alone. The lodge is at the top of a forest and we were told it is as high up as the top of Ben Nevis! I will post some pics of the incredible views! It tooks us 10hours to drive here from Kampala (despite driving at break neck speeds!) It was a race against time to arrive before dark because as you can imagine street lights don't exist! Thorough out the entire journey we had 2 stops, in total...Jump to full entry
Jul 19, 2013 - Day 4 and Day 5
Friday 19th and Saturday 20th July Friday So. . . Who knew? I'm an adrenaline junkie!! Bungee jumping from 44m into the river Nile was unbeatable! I dipped right into the water! For a spilt second when the instructor said 'go' I thought I was going to 'chicken out' but I jumped and loved every exhilarating second of it! Unfortunately there are one or two photos of me jumping and if your lucky I'll consider uploading them! We are currently staying in a beautiful place called Jinja and it is amazing! Our rooms have views over the Nile...Jump to full entry
Jul 19, 2013 - Day 4
Friday 19th July Day4 An amazing few days! We have experienced all different 'Ugandas' already! We have spent a few days at a local pool swimming in the beautiful pool which has been paradise! Finally everybody has arrived, there are 31 of us (more than I originally expected!) Everybody is cool and we had a very fun night out last night, in a local bar! We had unsuccessful dance and table football competitions with the locals! One Ugandan lady beat 4of the volunteers- all playing at the same time! Currently I am writing this blog sitting in...Jump to full entry
Jul 16, 2013 - Day 1
Tuesday 16th July 2013 Wow... What a start to my adventure! Flying with Emirates is lovely! Never again will I choose the cheap tangerine option of flying (Sleazy Jet!) The service in the airport was amazing and everything happened seamlessly! We had lovely little personal screens and constant complimentary refreshments! Hardly a start to my 3rd world adventure! However, walking into Entebbe's arrivals was a different experience! I wasn't even sure that I was standing in a real airport! There were little wooden huts selling all sorts all...Jump to full entry
May 13, 2013 - Time to go
Three weeks until l I return so time for the final chapter. I can’t begin to make sense of the things that have happened to me so will leave that for some profound future moment, should it come, and may be reflect on what I’ll miss and what I won’t. The things I’ll miss: • The babies of course though I’m ashamed to say that out of 25 babies I can name only the older ones and the ones who have been here longest. I hesitate to say the little ones all look the same but they don’t have so many distinguishing features – and some do come and go...Jump to full entry
Mar 24, 2013 - My world is shrinking, but the end is near
My world has definitely shrunk since the new year. Part of my job here was to recruit Ugandans to the roles previously filled by British “volunteers” like me. I guess it’s a measure of success that all but one key position has been filled by a Ugandan applicant. But as I have watched the British staff leave one by one I am left as the only British person at Child’s i other than the three monthly rotational media volunteers. So we now have a Ugandan babies home manager (you may remember I fired the last one), social work manager, head of...Jump to full entry
Feb 10, 2013 - Escape from Rwanda
I had a journal entry all ready to send a couple of weeks ago, attached these photos, changed screens and then discovered that the website was having some work done on it and I lost everything but the photos,. I couldn’t find the energy to redo it so this will be a potted version up to the point of my trip Rwanda, which was the most amazing experience. However, before I get to that, let me remember what I included in the lost version: It included a link to a recent video made by our media volunteer featuring the usual wooden performance by...Jump to full entry