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Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 22nd 2006

Since our return from Queen Elizabeth we've been staying on campus at Makerere and working with Dr. Berna of the Uganda SPCA. It's been an interesting couple of days and it certainly makes us grateful for all of the amenities that we have available in Canada! We began our week traveling around Kampala visiting the USPCA foster homes vaccinating, deworming and helping with spays and neuters. It’s certainly different to be doing spays on a kitchen table or even outside on the deck! The instruments are “sterilized” with some boiling water and other than that the procedure is not very aseptic. Each animal receives antibiotics at the end and Berna says they all seem to do quite well. Certainly different than what we do at home! For those that are interested: we used injectables (of course)- ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 22nd 2006

We've arrived! There was a slight delay in Kenya as a technical fault meant that they had to switch planes,so we were rather tired by the time we got to our hotel in Kampala (2.30 am). It was dark driving from the airport but we could still could a taste of our new home for the next few weeks. The electricity supply is somewhat unreliable as it is all hydro elec. and the level of the lake is very low. Consequently half of Kampala has power for 24 hours and then the other half gets some! The roads are dusty and the traffic is manic! It makes Paris look like a well ordered, calm system. Apparently there is only one set of traffic lights that are operational. Some very brave ladies are seen 'directing' the chaos- ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 18th 2006

The hell came to the fore under Idi Amin. Greed defines much of African politics and it was under him that Uganda rapidly deteriorated into chaos; a situation that is still mirrored today in many African countries. Uganda had just been on the verge of a civil war, when Dr Obote, Prime Minister of Uganda in the 1960s, carried out a coup to abolish the Bugandan monarchy, before setting about gaining absolute rule a few years later. Amin, then the Army Chief of Start, started to show himself for who he was when, accused by a Colonol Okoya of stealing government funds, this colonel was mysteriously shot dead with his wife. Amin bided his time, and when Obote went to Singapore, another coup was arranged, leaving Amin in power, a move ironically endorsed by the naïve ... read more
View from the girl's house over to Lake Victoria
Crazy crazy taxi park, Kampala
An ants nest near my tent!

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 18th 2006

Masindi is in the mid-West part of Uganda. The name dates back to the times of the Banyoro Kitara Kingdo, that once ruled the area. Long distance traders passed by using tracks called 'amasinde'. A popular resting place developed into a commercial centre and then into Masindi town. The district has a favourable climate and is well watered, receiving about 1200mm of rainfall in the two growing seasons ( March-May and August-November). Total population: 420,000. Percentage under 15 years: 55%. Number of registered tribes: 56. Main language: Runyoro. Main crops include: bananas, beans, cassava, cocoa, coffee, cotton, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, tobacco, vegetables. Other industries: livestock farming, forestry, cotton ginning, grain milling,oil mining, sawmilling. ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 18th 2006

My new school for this summer is about 11km from Masindi Town. The area is mainly rural, with most people working in farming. The headteacher is Ms Christine Akullo who has been head for 4 years. There are 7 other teachers, including two men. (When I was reading the information from LCD, it all seemed pretty comparable up to this point. Then...) There are 450 children in the school, 103 of these are in P1 (Reception). This class is likely to only have 1 teacher! The numbers decrease going through the ages so the oldest class (P7) has only 25 children. Unusually for Uganda, the girls outnumber the boys in this class. Luckily there is a water tank, though no listing for toilets. You can use a mobile phone but "need to climb a bit"!... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 14th 2006

“RROOWW!” “HARRD” “HARRDERR!” Panic sinking in, nine oars thrusting into the foamy, white, roaring water, we row for our lives right into the thick of a Grade 5 rapid, and the impending doom that I somehow seemed to get a front-seat view of, stupidly volunteering to go up front. It’s fair to say I’m well and truly bricking it! “RRROOOWWW!” “HHHHAARRRDDDERR!!!” The noise is deafening, we’re drowning in the raft with 12ft mountains and valleys of gurgling water all around us. Rocking about in a washing machine, we all row as hard as possible into nature in its most powerful expression. Extreme chaos. An aqua-hurricane. Then, with a simple parting of waves, we see it, the G-Spot, the heart of the rapid and a huge hole with no visible escape, surrounded on all sides by 5m ... read more
All of us going into Easy Rider
Making it through the 1st rapid!
The aftermath of the 1st rapid

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 14th 2006

At various stages of this week some of us have not felt briliiantly - I wasn't too good on Wednesday. But over the last couple of days many of us have gone down either a combination of D & V (but don't worry I won't give too much information! Yesterday was a trip to Jinja (c. 100 km) to see the source of the Nile and the Bujagali Falls about 8 km away. We went in 2 ancient coaches hired from the Makere Uni in Kampala (one an old Leyland) and had a horrendous boneshaking journey which lasted 3 hours there and 3 hours back. Some of the group started to feel rough while there, and felt even worse by the return journey. We took about 140 children and their teachers to the falls, none of ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 12th 2006

I've finally found some time in an internet cafe.... I'm having a very challenging time, but I have to say it's the best holiday I've ever had. The people here are so welcoming and friendly, although for so many their living conditions are appalling. On Sunday afternoon, we went round the slums where some of the children at the centre live - and it's heartbreaking to see their homes and environment - I freely admit I was in tears. But they are not downhearted - amazingly they are happy, and they were delighted to see us and gather round us..... Phew! We went out Saturday and Monday to get the 160 shoes from the Bata factory in Kampala for the neediest children who live at the hostel - and yesterday we gave out the girls's shoes ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 10th 2006

Where to begin. There's so much to write and so much has happened since we arrived on Friday morning. Such as Stephen Jota not turning up to pick us up because he tough we were arriving at 8.00 pm instead of 8.00 am!! We had to wait an hour or so for him and a friend to turn up at Entebbe with two minibuses and so we had our first taste of Uganda. It was a dusty and scary journey to the hotel in Nansana which is about 2 km from the Stephen Jota Children's Centre. (to be continued, as I've had to leave to go with Stephen somewhere else..... - in fact to a Pastor's Fraternal). continuing..... It certainly has been far from quiet and relaxing. This time in Kampala visiting the Centre has been ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Central Region » Kampala July 5th 2006

FYI: I will be periodically posting pictures on my yahoo site in a folder cleverly titled "Uganda" http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/leslie_628/my_photos I arrived in Entebbe, Uganda on June 28, coincidentally my 28th birthday, which I celebrated the previous weekend while in London. Some quick background: I am here for 3 months working on a USAID/ JSI (http://www.jsi.com/JSIInternet) Project called UPHOLD (Uganda Program for Holistic & Human Development - http://www.upholduganda.org). It’s a five-year project that ends in September 2007, which supports education, health and HIV/AIDS interventions and programs throughout 29 districts in Uganda. I am working in the M&E (monitoring & evaluation) department. My terms of reference are pretty wide and we are still discussing the specifics of my responsibilities but generally speaking my responsibilities are: revising and editing survey mate... read more




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