When Storytelling Is Hard

When Storytelling Is Hard
I'm a writer, so people ask me all the time why I haven't written a book about my 5+ years and 10 visits to Uganda. Well... It's complicated! I usually say something like, "Storytelling is hard!" And any fiction writer will tell you that's true. (I did include a stop in Kampala in my first novel, which was fun to write.) But when it comes to my friends and the many people we work with in Uganda, it's a challenge. So much of what people write about A...

Setting Up Co-Ops In a Foreign Country

Meet Robina. She is our lead seamstress in the Mawanga co-op. Do you see her machine? Did you notice that it is HAND powered?! Well, it's not anymore. After our training session in Mawanga, we went back to Kampala and immediately ordered four tables to be made to convert these ancient, heavy hand powered sewing machines to treadles. Foot power... It's what's making your pajamas! Mawanga - the whole village - doesn't have power. The lines stop seven ...

I’m Going To Uganda – FREE!

I won't bore you with all the details, but I didn't know if I'd get to Uganda at all this year. We moved, it took awhile to rent our old house, the economy... You get the picture. But when I had the idea to start Ndoto, I knew I'd have to go personally to get the co-op set up. About three weeks ago, I checked and prices were around $1265. Awesome! Last Thursday, I checked and prices were still $1265. Super awesome! I didn't book the ticket then ...

Making lots of progress!

Now that the Youth Camp is firmly in the hands of my program director, I turned my sites to the Uganda trip. I began to panic a little bit, because Zeke leaves on August 21, and that is really not that far away! I've made an appointment with the travel nurse for both of us to get our typhoid updated (every 2 years...yay) and get our malaria prescriptions. That's going to cost a pretty penny for Zeke's long trip, but it can't be helped. We've seen many peop...

Internet! And a pool!

Suzanne and I are at Emin Pasha, a lovely hotel we've spent a good bit of time enjoying over the years. We're doing a "spa day" which bascially means we paid 60,000 shillings for lunch, a pedicure, and the ability to use the hotel and pool all day. Plus power for charging things and the internet! Not too bad! Here's where we're sitting: The last few days were challenging and very exhausting. I'll start with Monday. MONDAY We left for Bukaleba at 10:30...

My first real TIA day

My friend Suzanne, who lives here, says TIA a lot. It means, "This is Africa," and it is used to explain the inexplicable and often contradictory things that happen here. And those things are many! Today, I was supposed to head out to Bukaleba after lunch, spend time with the kids in the babies home, and stay the night out in the lovely guest house. I saw Godfrey at breakfast, and we agreed we'd go after lunch. I said, "Lunch there or here?" He said here....