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  • Day14


    October 29, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After the traffic of last night we apprehensively left the guest house at 9,15 expecting the worse. However traffic was not too bad (compared with the previous day!). Our first appointment was an orientation session at the Watoto downtown church. Here they also run a project where abandoned women can make a living by sewing. The church was once a cinema but during the time of Idi Amin it was used as a torture chamber, however during the subsequent war the founder of Watoto, Gary Skinner, saw it and saw its potential... Watoto is church based and currently helps abandoned women and orphaned children, although its focus is shifting toward the former as thankfully there are less orphaned children nowadays.

    Once we had finished down town we went to the Bbira Children’s village. The village is beautifully kept and on site is a school, church and accommodation where around 8 children live with a ‘mother’. The village also has a medical centre (where Zach will be spending much of his time for the next 2 weeks) and also provides vocational training such as dress making, hairdressing and trades.

    Once we had finished our time at Bbira we went downtown, where we put our bartering skills into practice at the craft market. On our drive back we appreciated the Kampala traffic before getting back to the guest house to play some garden cricket! Dinner and then bed!
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  • Day1

    Finally there!

    September 2 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We zijn er geraakt! Jawel! En na een nog wat trage incheck met ons visa stonden de vannekes ons rond middernacht op te wachten om ons naar de lodge te brengen. We krijgen er nog een korte briefing van onze gids Yasmin en krijgen zelfs nog een croqueske met friet. Daarna snel naar bed want over 5u loopt de wekker! 😴 Ik lig alleen in een lekker groot bed dus da zit al mee...Read more

  • Day10

    Thank you Dr. Zach

    November 13, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    I got called Dr Zach today by a child!

    I missed his vein for the cannula so the nurse had to do it again and then when I gave the medication he started feeling a bit sick, but he still said 'thank you Dr Zach'!

    Other than that I sat in the pharmacy for the rest of the day. We had a Bible study at lunch time, discussing the light topic of 'does science contradict faith?' Which was some good easy conversation over rice and beans! It was good though, lots of different opinions, even if most of the time I couldn't understand them because they were speaking at the same time!

    I went back to the guest house, did some squats, taste tested protein bars and then went to dinner.
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    Aurélie Drogou

    It looks like you are having a good time Dr Zach ! ;)

    David Burton

    It suits you Dr Zach! We are so pleased you are having such an interesting time. Much love G G

  • Day8

    Monday and Tuesday at Bbira

    November 11, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    This week I'm at the medical centre and the other village, Bbira. I spoke to the doctor and he said that I'd be doing the same kind of thing, so I was sat in the pharmacy for the day. The pharmacy here is in the middle of both schools so children point and laugh and then shout Mzungu whenever they see me through the window! It's much smaller and more organised here also, and the team are very nice and have helped me give the right medicines. They've also been very interested about the UK and especially medical school there, to which I reply "it's really hard to get in to!"

    Monday, we decided to do a workout which I'm still hurting from and it was also Judith's birthday and her husband had planned for all of us and the staff at the guest house to surprise her which was really nice. She definitely didn't expect it and she loved it. We had some cake and danced a bit. She gave a speech, calling us ‘the best guests ever’ which I can't deny, we're pretty great!

    On Tuesday the weather wasn't very good, I've never seen so much rain fall in 5 minutes! It flooded the ground outside in minutes. This means no one comes to the clinic unless it's really urgent, so most of the time, while it was raining, was spent chatting about the UK, playing tetris and reading. Then back to the guest house, now there's only me and Felisha again as Aya has gone to Gulu.

    Another good couple of days.

    'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (‭Zechariah‬ ‭4‬:‭6‬ NIV)
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    Kenya and Uganda 2019

    Pretty sure that’s our front doorstep you’re stretching on..?!

    David Burton

    It's great hearing about your days and we are so glad the team at Bbira are all so nice and helpful to you. It's interesting to hear that they like hearing about the UK and our medical schools! You are obviously keeping the children amused! The photos are super! So pleased you are enjoying your time so much. Much love GG

  • Day15


    November 18, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    I woke up to lots of rain and got ready before breakfast. I had breakfast with all the Americans and the family left about 9. Which left me and the 2 American pastors. So we played cards together while waiting for their driver to arrive, who was meant to arrive at 10...

    I said goodbye to Judith and the others before they left.

    At 10 he still wasn't there so I went inside to finish packing before Aggrey picked me up at 11.

    The combination of rain and a Monday morning means lots and lots of traffic so Aggrey picked me up at 11:45 in the end. Still no driver for the others, so said goodbye to them too!

    I got a quick lunch and then went to the airport and checked in. Which is where I am right now, waiting to go to my gate writing this!

    Oops, someone just found me and told me 'Wells you need to go in' - to be fair my flight doesn't leave for another 50 minutes, but I should probably go!
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    David Burton

    We have so enjoyed reading your daily blogs and the lovely pictures that have illustrated what you have written. Thank you for making the effort when you were so busy. Safe and good travels and we look forward to catching up when you are home. Much love Gdad and G

  • Day8

    Road to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park

    December 2, 2019 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    I decided to upgrade to a private room with a shower and fluffy white towel after the muddy trials of the previous day which felt like the lap of luxury after a week of camping. I spent a long time in the shower washing the ochre red, ingrained, mud from myself and my shoes and slept well on the plush surroundings despite having to get up at 5am for a long truck journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where we will hopefully see the dwindling population of those 'gentle giants' the mountain gorillas. As we left Kampala the sun rose reddening in the dusty air of the awakening city streets already bustling with people on their way to earn their living on foot, motorbike, vans and cars. I saw one of those huge marabou storks flying like a contemporary pterydactyl overhead. We also saw them pecking the turf of a rugby pitch in Kampala yesterday. As we slowly escaped the urban influence of Kampala, the vista opened out into tropical green, lush forest expanses infused with banana plants, and high hill peaks rising all around us, punctuated with small roadside villages summoning legions of Ugandans to their daily business. After the equatorial line (see footprint) we travelled through more lush countryside populated by a special breed of cow, Ankore, (possibly named after the Ugandan tribe of the same name who bred them) which has giant horns like the ancient and long extinct aurochs of old.Read more

  • Day2


    July 6, 2017 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We drove from Jinga to Kampala, starting on mud roads before we reached the main road. Enjoyed passing the villages before we went around the capital of Uganda, stopping at a massive local market which we loved. There were lots of lovely looking veg, not so nice looking offal, clothes... Stayed at a campsite just outside the city near the lake and had a relaxing couple of hours by the pool, after trying to clean off some of the mud our tent got covered in.Read more

    Tom Ralph

    Great snaps reminded me of my time , some forty years ago xx


    Good to see you putting in some elbow grease James! I have a friend from Uganda & she's planning to get married there next year, so we might manage a visit - but only if they set a date in school hols....

    Lyndsay McDonnell

    I know it is very interesting to see other ways of life but I must admit I prefer our shops (must be old age!!!). Take care, love xxxx

    Lynda Ralph

    Some of the huts look as if they'd be blown over with any wind blowing ! Interesting scenery xxx

  • Day65

    Solvatten Video

    December 6, 2016 in Uganda ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Solvatten ist die Bezeichung von schwedischen Erfinder, fuer ihren schwarzen 11L-Container. In der Mitte wird er durch zwei Plexiglasscheiben getrennt, um aufklappbar zusein. Tut man dies und richtet ihn nach dem Stand der Sonne aus, wird mit deren Energie, das darin befindliches (Regen-)wasser, innerhalb von 2-6 Stunden von sämtlichen Keimen und Bakterien befreit. Diese G
    Wassergewinnung benoetigt keine grosse Infrasturktur und schafft Zugang zu Trinkwasser an beliebigen Orten. Wenn euch nach diesen Schlangensaetze (nachvollziehbarerweise) noch Fragezeichen auf der Stirn stehen, schaut doch beim Projekt selbst nochmal vorbei: oder noch besser ihr kickt gleich das Video was wir erstellt haben ( um das sich dieser Post ja heute dreht.

    Zwar haben wir bewusst kein Clip rein zu Erklaerzwecken erstellt, aber ich gehe von aus, dass es mit den einzelnen Sekundaer-Shots zwischen den Testimonials (Interviews) schnell zu verstehen ist. Die Verbreitung der Solvatten Container (oder im ersten Schritt zumindest die Information darueber) ist naemlich ein weiterer Projektbereich von CHAIN. Wie bei den vielen andern Bereichen gibt es auch hier einen externen Geldgeber: Denn auch wenn die Container zum reinen Herstellungspreis (fuer ca. 10 Euro) vertrieben werden, hab diejenigen die es am noetigsten brauchen trotzdem oft keine frozen freien Kapazitaeten fuer einen solchen Kauf.

    Der Dreh war fuer mich recht anstrengend und ich bin froh, dass Michael kamerabegeistert genug ist, sodass ich vor allem die Post-Produtktion uebernommen habe. Trotz des Rausschmeissen von ca. 80% des Materials (relativ normale Quote für diese Art von Clips) und viel Stueckelung mit anschliessender Neuzusammensetzung der Statements (um Dopplungen zu vermeiden), koennen wir bei der vielen Spontanitaet glaube doch recht zufrieden sein. Denn zusaetlich zum Zweck des Videos als Content fuer den anstehenden neuen Webauftritt von CHAIN, hat uns ein super Feedback gegeben. Die unmittelbar positiven Auswirkungen einen Sponsor zuhalten ist echt eine super Motivator, wie ich finde.
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    Antje Strohbach

    sehr interessant - auch das Video.


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