Day 2 – and it’s HOT!

This is my seventh trip to Uganda, and only one was really hot. Usually jeans are fine, and I wear a sweatshirt in the morning and evening. Not this time, at least so far. It's hot and dry and there's red dust everywhere. Just down the hill from Father's House they are burning, and the house is filled with smoke. Stephen and Bosco are outside to make sure the fire doesn't jump to the property, as one did last year on the other side of the house. I had a g...

Day 1 in Namuwongo

Today I took video, not photos, so I don't have anything to upload. But I had a good day! I headed down to Namuwongo at 9am, arriving there a little before 10am. We headed down into the community and talked to a number of the ladies from Nawezakana in either their homes or at their stalls where they sell produce or cooked food. Mary, who we have helped since the beginning, is doing great. Her son Festo is in his first year at university, studying law; ...

My February trip is right around the corner!

I'm leaving in 5 weeks! I can't believe it. Since we only went to Uganda once in 2012, it has been so LONG since I've been there (we went in May) and I'm so anxious and grateful to get be getting back. So what's on the agenda this trip? It's going to be a whirlwind! Since I'm going by myself for the first time, I shortened the trip by a week, giving me 2 weeks on the ground. That's not a lot of time, especially when getting around takes so much time. I'm o

Working in Uganda

I got my plane tickets for my next visit to Uganda (Feb, 2013), and I'm so excited! This is the first year that we haven't done 2 trips, and I'm really missing my friends and all the people we work with there. Thank God for the internet, is all I have to say! I'm going by myself for the first time, and am planning an extra-busy trip, with no "one fun thing", and not a lot of down time. I'll be going back a second time, probably in August or September, and ...

The hard working ladies of Namuwongo

One of the things Ten Eighteen Inc. does in Uganda is micro-business grants. Notice I didn't say micro-business loans, which is all the rage right now. The reason for this is simple: there is virtually no way for these women to repay a loan and still improve their quality of living, pay their school fees, buy food, and pay rent. None. A  lot of organizations do loans, and, in theory I guess it makes sense (our family chooses not to have debt except for on

Last Namuwongo day – where did the time go?!

I can't believe how fast this trip has gone! I have so enjoyed doing something almost every day, really visiting everyone at Ray of Hope, spending time talking about their needs in depth. Sigh. I guess there's never enough time... Today we saw Doreen, our other elderly lady. She makes beautiful paper beads, much better than the average, and she's making a lot of new and creative things. She's got a huge inventory though, so I don't think we'll give her a