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Mother and Child Development Center Programs Day 1
By: admin
Jun 17, 2015

6/17/15 Back in Kigali now, we had our first day visiting the Mother and Child Development Center (MCDC) Project, along with our partners Chantal and Hope and their volunteer, Olivier. Two of three vocational skills taught at the center are hair dressing and manicuring. Since my visit last spring, MCDC has opened a hair salon […]

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Learning About the Traditional Culture of the Batwa
On: Jun 16, 2015
By: admin

6/16/15 For the first time since I have been coming to Africa to visit our projects, I took a couple days off to visit the mountain gorillas, which live very close to our Batwa villages. It was great to have some time to relax and the gorillas were spectacular! However, a wonderful unexpected plus was […]

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Banana River and the Rice Farmer Cooperative
On: Jun 12, 2015
By: admin

6/12/15 I have seen so many parts of Uganda, but today driving to Kihihi from Rukungiri, where we are staying, to visit the Rice Farmer Cooperative I saw perhaps one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The long dirt road winds through the tall mountains, which are literally covered in banana trees […]

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An Extraordinary Day with the Batwa
On: Jun 11, 2015
By: admin

6/10/15 Day 2 Today was extraordinary in several ways. We visited a Batwa group that I had never visited before. It is located on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in a place that is physically different than the others. We drove until the road ended and continued on foot down a path alongside […]

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Day 1 of Batwa Visits
On: Jun 10, 2015
By: admin

6/9/15 Day 1 These last two days have been spent visiting the Batwa. The drive from Kigali back over the border into western Uganda has beauty that never ceases to amaze. In contrast to the hectic Ugandan streets with cars, trucks and motorcycles vying for space with no regard to laws or rules, the roads […]

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Travel Days
On: Jun 8, 2015
By: admin

6/8/15 Yesterday was spent driving seven hours back to the city of Kampala from Lira. We stopped on the way at my favorite spot for tilapia on the shore of Lake Victoria in Jinja, the Kingfisher. I do this every year and I really look forward to it each time. The tilapia at the lake […]

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Deep Into the Countryside Visiting Honey Farmers
On: Jun 6, 2015
By: admin

6/6/15 This morning we ventured deep into the countryside, far from the town, down a dirt road which turned into a very narrow and bumpy dirt road which turned into a path that was wide enough for us to walk single file through the planted fields. That didn’t stop our fearless driver Ben from maneuvering […]

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Working With People Affected by the LRA
On: Jun 5, 2015
By: admin

6/12/14 Days like today remind me exactly why we do the work we do. This is an area that was heavily under siege by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. It is where it all started and where he is from. The people were all forced to leave their land and live in internally […]

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The Long and Winding Road to Lira
On: Jun 4, 2015
By: admin

Jetlag had us up very early, but the sunrise over Kampala is a sight worth getting up for anyway. After breakfast, we packed up the car and headed to Lira in northern Uganda. It took seven hours of dodging in and out of city traffic and cruising along long stretches of rural roads, past sugarcane, […]

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