What It’s Like To Be Sick In Uganda

What It’s Like To Be Sick In Uganda
This is a private room at the International Hospital of Kampala (IHK). This is one of the country's premier hospitals, started by an Irish doctor who emigrated to Uganda, and who is now in Parliament there. My son was in this room for 4 days with pneumonia. The first two days were terrifying, as I got a first hand look at the differences between our Western medicine and what is practiced in the best hospital in Uganda. (To be fair, my son did get better, a...

The Story of the Arise Africa Primary School

The Story of the Arise Africa Primary School
I did not intend to build a school. God did. On our third visit to Uganda, my daughter and I were horseback riding in Jinja. (If you're ever in Jinja, go riding! It's an awesome way to see the countryside, the villages, and the Nile.) As we rode by schools, kids would come pouring out to the road yelling "How are you fine? How are you fine?" While the school in the above picture is nice, most village schools (if there is one) are more ...

5 Reasons To Go To a Third World Country

5 Reasons To Go To a Third World Country
5. THE KIDS There is just TOO MUCH CUTENESS! 4. AMAZING SITES Unspoiled wilderness, stunning vistas, empty beaches. God's creation without a hotel, McDonalds, or shopping mall in site. 3. EPIC PHOTOGRAPHY POTENTIAL People, places, animals, skies... Your journey in photos will bring back memories for a lifetime! 2. AMAZING LOCAL EATS AND DRINKS! Eat local - you won't be disappointe...

Overwhelmed By Grace

Overwhelmed By Grace
I leave Friday for my 10th Uganda trip in 5 1/2 years. It seems like I just got back from that last, long, trip, which was successful but tiring. And long, if I didn't mention that before (my husband will mention it, if I don't, I'm sure!). This one will be 12 days, including travel, and much less traveling in-country. I'll take the day after I get there off (Sunday), and Thursday, and that's it. I'll work with both co-ops, and spend some time at Ray of...

Why We Have No Administrative Expenses

Why We Have No Administrative Expenses
Ten Eighteen has been, throughout our 5+ year history, about the work. If you haven't been to a Third World country, I encourage you to go on a short-term missions trip. One thing that you will quickly learn is HOW FAR your money goes. For the cost of a vente latte at Starbucks, you can feed a family for a week in Uganda. Because we've had a small budget, and we have other businesses, we've chosen not to run any administrative costs or salaries throu...

Why We Party

Why We Party
Virtually every time I go to Uganda, we have a party at Ray of Hope for our sponsored kids and the women of Nawezakana, as well as any special guests, like Pastor Sam Namatiiti. We started with serving around 90, and are up to 160 or so plates now. It's not as costly as you'd think, but it isn't cheap. With the budget tight, sometimes I think that maybe we should forgo the party and use that money for the programs. And yet... This is the time...