Taking a Team to Uganda – a New Thing!

Taking a Team to Uganda – a New Thing!
I didn't intend to take a team to Uganda with me this month. I had envisioned doing what I have been doing the last couple of years, since my kids were off at school and unable to go with me -- go by myself, enjoy a day or two off wtih Suzanne, and not do the formerly traditional "one fun thing" that I'd always planned with the kids. (I really miss going with my kids, and even after 4 trips alone, I would still rather go with them. Retired homeschool mo...

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...

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 ...

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....

On to Jinja…and Bukaleba

Ryan got in from the States on Wednesday night, and the three of us left and headed for Jinja on Thursday morning. No time for jetlag here! We had a couple of quiet personal days - including white water rafting on the Nile, which was fabulous! - and then headed out to Bukaleba to one of our favorite places ever, the Arise Africa babies home, and our primary school! We were so excited that we were actually spending the night out there, able to really enjoy ...