Arise Africa Babies Home and Primary School

Really, it's geography. But going to Bukaleba and the babies home after Hospice Tororo was a great way to release and process the sadness of the previous day. While babies homes/orphanages obviously have their challenges too, like seeing 54 children who crave love and attention living in an institutional setting -- the Arise babies home is a great one, and the aunties are all very loving, but it's still a babies home -- the rewards are immediate and tangib...

Hospices Tororo and Jinja – the Hard Things

Hospices Tororo and Jinja – the Hard Things
I've been working with Hospice Jinja for almost as long as I've been going to Uganda; I connected with them on my second visit, nearly 6 years ago. When Rinty opened up Hospice Tororo a few years ago, I started visiting there, too. In that time, I've seen some hard things. Things you just don't see -- honestly, things that really don't even happen -- in the US. Through it all, the folks of both hospices have kept their compassion, their love, their dedicat...

Mawanga, ROWAN, and the Ladies Co-op

Mawanga, ROWAN, and the Ladies Co-op
Last October, through a series of divine connections via Instagram, I got connected with ROWAN (Rural Orphan and Widows AIDS Network) in Mawanga. We established a women's cooperative there in the village, to teach women basic tailoring and make items for our Ndoto Project. That group has had a little bit of a rough start because our supervisor/teacher had a very busy schedule and they didn't get the training and supplies we were hoping for. BUT, Emily at R

Kampala, the Slums, and Ray of Hope

Kampala, the Slums, and Ray of Hope
I've been debating how best to post about the trip, since I wasn't able to do much of anything on the internet while we were gone. In the past I've done day-by-day, or one big post... I decided to group by project this time, and we'll see how that goes! Before I start, let me say that it was a GREAT (and fast!) trip! I think the 3 ladies who went with me really got to see the real Uganda, which was definitely part of my own mission on this trip. We did ...

Have Internet, Will Play Catch-up!

Have Internet, Will Play Catch-up!
We've had a great week traveling, experiencing everything from the rural village with no power or water to a beautiful hotel in Tororo with wonderful grounds and amazing water pressure. We've played with orphans, visited hospice patients, toured a hospital, and and played football (soccer) with school kids. We've gotten lost and gotten a great tour of the countryside, shopped at the market, and watched in awe as a full rainbow crossed the sky. In short,...

Uganda in One Week!

Uganda in One Week!
Thanks to everyone who has asked for our itinerary so you can pray - Here's a photo of our team, and the schedule, and prayer requests from the ladies. Here's our schedule and a little about what we will be doing at each place. Oct 5 Leave on Delta from Raleigh/Durham, through Amsterdam Oct 6 Arrive 10pm We will be staying at Fathers House while in Kampala Oct 7-9 Ray of Hope, Kampala – We will spend 3 days visiting the community (slums), hel...