I can’t believe that it has been a month since we landed in Uganda. Can someone please stop time from flying by!!! It is my third time coming to Uganda and every trip I fall more and more in love with this beautiful country. I never want to leave!
Christine and I are working with CAP/AIDS Uganda in Kampala and are living in an apartment in Kansanga. We were very fortunate that the organization had already found us a place to live before we arrived and our apartment is walking distance from the office! I love Kampala. Kampala feels like a village hit a city and exploded into a colourful firework of apartment complexes, small markets and rolex stands, chickens and goats on the streets and big malls and KFCs. Our neighbourhood really reflects that. Although I live in an apartment building in the city there is still a woman on the street corner selling vegetables, I pass by two rolex stands on my walk to work and I have definitely seen a chicken or two!
Over the past few weeks we have done some follow up interviews with the beneficiaries from a livelihoods project that ended in 2012 and met with the two groups we will be working with to discuss project ideas. We will be doing two microprojects – Christine will head the project with the Needy Support Centre (NSC) in Kampala and I will be organizing one in northern Uganda with the Aboke HIV/AIDS Women’s Association (AHWA).
I have a fondness for northern Uganda after living in Gulu last year. People there are so friendly and in my opinion the food up north is way better than the food in Kampala. No matter how much I try I will never develop a love for eating matooke (a starchy green banana that is popular in central Uganda). As much as I love the north I don’t think I will ever get used to the long bus ride it takes to get there. 6 hours squished on a hot dusty bus with babies crying and chickens stuffed under the seats. Oh well, at least the journey is never boring!
We are still in the process of planning our projects but so far I have enjoyed getting to know the two groups we will be working with. Although the groups have similar goals, they each have their own challenges and struggles and I am really looking forward to working with them and hopefully starting some amazing projects!