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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • Day35

    We're in Uganda!

    February 5, 2016 in Uganda ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We moved on! As usual, my anxiety came into full force in the airport. I asked our hotel to drop us at the airport for 2pm, we got there at 245pm. Our flight was only scheduled for 415pm but I wanted to be at the airport before our schedule flight left from Dire Dawa, the one we weren't on, to make sure they didn't cancel our tickets for the whole flight like they had said they would. Turns out, we presented our passports, my heart beating into my throat, and nothing. No questions about the missed flight. No arguing. Just a hand over of boarding passes and that's it. Hm.

    Once passed security, it was around 305pm when Jack decided she was hungry and wanted to sit down for some food. Boarding in 25 mins. So we get her food that the bar promises in 5 minutes. 10 minutes later food comes out, scorching hot spring rolls. Now it's 325pm. I can see a relatively long line up to get through security, but I was comforted by the long boarding line up. Once my anxiety of getting into the flight on time bothered Jack enough, we got in line to pass security, for me to notice I was looking at the wrong gate, and our gate was almost empty. Panic! Heart beating. I was being a monster to Jack, blaming her for things out of her control... After security I ran to the gate only to find out our flight had just started boarding, there just so happens to be about 12 passengers on this 100+ passenger plane... I can breath again. I really don't do well in airports. Good thing Jack can recognize that and give me some slack on how I treat her...

    Ugandans have given me hope! So far, mostly nice, helpful people! The lady at immigration didn't want to accept my 50$US bill because of a minuscule tear in it. But she was very good at instructing me on how to get to an ATM to get Ugandans shillings out. They were pleasant. Smiling. Even the driver Jack was chatting with had a smile on the whole time we were negotiating the price of our ride into town. It was a very pleasant interaction that got his price down from 10$US (34,000 shillings) to 25,000 and then down to the 15,000 I was insisting on. Thank you lonely planet! We chatted the whole way to our hostel, learnt how to great someone in the local language, which of course I forgot by now. He says 80% of Ugandans speak English, I have a feeling this will be a whole new world compared to Ethiopia. Our hostel was also great, they gave us a room for the same price as 2 dorm beds, the room usually only for one person. It's our first real backpacker style hostel, so we got to socialize all evening with other travellers, including 2 guys who were here for a 6 week placement as medical residence. Nice to get some medical talk in.

    I have a good feeling about this! I've decided to reboot and trust people again, new country, new trust. Let's do it.
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  • 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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