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...

Taking tea in Jinja

I love Jinja. If I lived in Uganda, this is where I'd live. It's on the Nile, so water isn't the problem it is in Kampala, and it's smaller, cleaner, has decent roads, plus there's a lot to do here since it's becoming an adventure tourism destination. Here are some pics from other visits, just so you can see how lovely it is around here. The drive here was crazy - approximately 100 km took 3 1/2 hours. Traffic... nuts. But I got fish and chips at ...

Days 3, 4 and 5 – Hot, Rain, Hot

(NOTE: the photos quit uploading, so I'll add those when I can!) WEDNESDAY: We went down into the community, visiting new families. This took me back to our first visits down in the slums, before we began doing the micro-business grants. The families we visited on Wednesday were in dire straights, their needs really overwhelming. I didn't realize quite how much better off our ladies were now than when we met them until Wednesday. Some of what we encounte...

Five days to go. Is it time to panic?

I'm leaving on Friday. My flight's at 2:45, so I'm pretty much done with whatever I'm doing by noon. Today is Sunday, and my to-do list is as long as my arm, including editing a 100,000+ word book before I go. At some point, I guess you just have to laugh. I'm not quite there yet, though! So what's going on this week? First, I need to start packing. I get 2 suitcases of up to 50lb each, so I'm probably taking one of our super-light rollers and a duffel...

Meeting new people in Uganda

I'm leaving the 15th, and am not at all ready! We've had some illness in our house the last week, and I'm behind in my work and in my mental preparation for the trip. Fortunately, since this is my 7th trip, packing and preparing is second nature. Whew! What I haven't done is get my visa, although I have all the paperword ready, which means I have to pay an extra $30 for an expedited visa. A lot of people get visas when they land, and so far we could have...