Blogs from Mbarara, Western Region, Uganda, Africa - page 4


Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 24th 2015

Well, the three of us just got back from another weekend in Queen Elizabeth National Park (see next blog), and there is no power again. So I’ll blog till my computer dies, which may be sooner than later, as I’m also playing music on it in an attempt to drown out the Evangelical revival happening in the park across the street. And cue the rant… Ok first off, this is not an attack on religion (although I’m not a big fan of organized religion in general) but it really pisses me off to see this manipulative, right wing, Evangelical fanatic coming to Uganda to spread his twisted message. It’s a fairly well known fact that most of the people of Uganda are incredibly impoverished and many of these people are also very religious. For many, having ... read more
The school choir also sang and danced for us

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 24th 2015

This week we finally got our hands dirty! A mix of meetings and going out to the field for brucella testing and clostridium vaccinations! The reason we test for brucella is because once we vaccinate the goat, they are protected for life but they are also positive to the test for life so you can’t tell the difference between a vaccinated goat or one that actually has brucella. We offer vaccinations and tag the ones that come out negative from our tests for next year (they don't need to be retested) and the ones who are positive, we let the owner know so they can sell them for meat and get a new one! A little vet course for you guys :P sorry if its boring info!! And this we do for free, a little bit ... read more
Our Lab
Colorful meeting
Dog neuter

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 18th 2015

Well, good news....I haven't poked myself with any more contaminated needles and don't seem to be showing any clinical signs of brucella! We've been pretty busy this last week and a half. We have done brucella testing and clostridia vaccinations in many of the communities and have attended almost all of the group meetings. We also had the pioneer training for the goat farmers from QE (Queen Elizabeth National Park). The training went much better than we expected and we were all quite proud of ourselves. We were teaching them the basic principles behind the goat project, the requirements to receive goats and also some basic goat husbandry. The pioneers seem very enthusiastic and we think they have the potential to be very successful with the project. The field days are long and all three of ... read more
Our high tech lab

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 11th 2015

Alright, well I’ve been in Uganda for over a month now so I figure it’s time I actually spend some time writing about the work I’ve been doing - I swear I have been working here! Because I don’t like to spend my downtime blogging, I will continue to be behind on entries the entire time I’m here. I intended this to be a quick run-down of how the first month has gone, but like all my entries it’ll probably be a long one. Like I said in my first blog entry, I was accepted for an internship with Vets without Borders to work on their Goat Pass-On Project. In a nutshell, the Goat Pass-On Project strives to help the most impoverished people of rural Uganda - mainly widows and orphans - and we help them ... read more
Myself, Laura and Ester
Sometimes it's important to take time to relax
Sunrise on Lake Victoria

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 9th 2015

So a lot of people have been asking me about the food … hmm… how can I put this… it sucks!!! Haha… people don’t eat for pleasure or nutrients here, they eat to get full! Lots of rice, plantain, matoke (kindof like potato), chipattis (a pancake-like thing), pocho and sometimes when you’re lucky there’s also Gnuts (basically peanuts) grounded up into a sauce I guess you can say! And you just put that on everything. Not much flavor or content lol. The fruits are good though (banana, avocado and mangos are big here!) I’m basically living off of bananas, eggs, avocado and my shake mix, and we go for supper at Café Ark , a restaurant near our place that has westernized food that’s pretty okay so that's cool! A good meal is around 20000 Shillings ... read more
Almost famous
Seated Throne
Tattoo watching

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 8th 2015

Time is flying by! I can't believe June is basically a quarter over already! This last week was officially our first complete week on the project and it was great! We started field work this week, which I am really enjoying. First we have to arrange with one of the nineteen communities that we will be coming around on "this day" and doing vaccinations and brucella testing. We had to buy a bunch of supplies to prepare for our field days, but with the number of pharmacies here, we have no problem getting everything we need. Getting a prescription for drugs is only a recommendation here and there is no such thing as controlled substances. We can walk into a pharmacy and buy valium as if we were buying a bag of chips. The controlling variable ... read more
Don't poke yourself!

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 1st 2015

Sorry it’s taken me a while to write another blog, but I’ve been busy (and a little lazy). I’m going to fast forward a bit to last weekend, then backtrack to the start of the goat project for next blog. Since the last blog, Laura (a vet who is one of the co-directors of the goat project), Brittany, and Lena all joined me and we made our way from Entebbe to Mbarara where we would be based for summer. After a week on the project (again, stay tuned because I’ll go into that on the next blog) we traveled to Queen Elizabeth National Park for the weekend to work with Dr. Siefert, a vet who runs the Uganda Carnivore Program. Dr. Siefert is originally from Germany, but has been living in Uganda for almost 40 years ... read more
Cape Buffalo
The view from across the lake
Day dreamers

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara June 1st 2015

Two months away is the most I’ve ever done and I wanted a way to document it. Especially now, embarking in this project, I want to monitor everything from the progress and challenges of the project, the beauty and wonders that Africa has to offer, the people I meet, the families and women I interact with, what I see, what I learn, what I am able to change, and who I become from all of this… after all, our experiences shape us. While pictures are great, I feel like there is always so many stories behind them and even when getting back from somewhere and showing them to family and friends, they often need explaining. So I’m trying out this blog mostly for me but also to share my experience with loved ones and all of ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara May 20th 2015

I have arrived safely in Africa! My flights went well (I made sure I had lots of gravol with me) and I was pleasantly surprised when my bags showed up with me in Entebbe, since Sarah hadn't been so lucky. I had layovers in London, Istanbul and Kigali and a total travel time of 19 hours. I was basically running from gate to gate. Laura McDonald, a small animal practitioner from Saskatchewan, met me at the airport. Laura will be spending three weeks with us student interns to help us get adjusted to life in Uganda and familiarize us with the project. She has been involved with the goat project for many years and is very passionate about it. I am glad that she is here to help us get started. It was three in the ... read more

Africa » Uganda » Western Region » Mbarara July 24th 2014

Now that the safari was over, it was time to get back to work, where I would spend the rest of my time in Uganda with the Vets Without Boarders (VWB) goat project. I left off in Entebbe and the following morning Ursula and I would be leaving the rest of the girls to go to Mbarara to work. We planned on taking the bus, but as always, what you plan for here is rarely what you get. I woke up the next day feeling like absolute hell. I'm talking throwing up, chills and sweats, incredible body aches, dizzy and weak. Something had gone seriously wrong in my body, and fast. Ursula and I quickly realized that, given I could barely move, I was in no shape to take the bus. Thank god, Silas was able ... read more
Only a few days old!
How to not keep your goats
One of our super paravets, Janet, and her perfect pen

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