Eastward Adventure Part 1: Hospice, Babies Home, and a New Co-Op

I spent all of last week to the east (and somewhat north) of Kampala, visiting Jinja, Tororo and then a small village called Mawanga, on the border of the Bugiri and Iganga districts. It was a long, busy week, marked by power and internet and even plumbing deficits, but I was exactly where God wanted me, and that's a wonderful thing! JINJA The first and longest stop was in Jinja, and large town on the Nile. It is our oldest "partner" after Kampala,

The End of a Long, Productive Week in Uganda

First and foremost, my biggest prayer was answered: We hired a supervisor for the Ndoto Project! His name is James Jemba, he is a certified tailor and teacher in the country, and has taught sewing and shoe making since 1991. I interviewed him yesterday (after a fairly disastrous interview with a lady the day before), and he brought his papers today. Everything checked out, and he came this afternoon to get started. Peace also got her first Masai necklace ...

Because It’s Africa – A Change of Plans!

There is a saying amongst those ex-pats who live and work in Africa (doesn't matter where, either!): TIA. This is Africa. This is used to explain, well, just about everything, because what you realize quite early on is that virtually nothing goes how you think it will, when you think it will, where you think it will. Flexibility is key, because without it, you are going to be more frustrated than you've ever been in your life. (Even with it, you wi...

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...

2013 is shaping up to be big!

Time is really flying! How is it May already?? And I haven't posted here in two weeks... Sorry about that! (You can go to the Facebook page and Like it so that you get more frequent updates.) So here's what's going on: I found out today that I actually DO have an attorney working on the nonprofit in the Bahamas, I just didn't know it! Yes, "island time" has a lot in common with "beach time." It turns out, they've been calling the relavent government mi...

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...