The Blog

Internet go-slow and stop

Sat, 2012-03-17

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth in East Africa this last few weeks, most of it coming from a particular corner of Kiwangala. Alongside an electricity supply that falls over every few hours, the internet has now decided to come out in sympathy.

New babies and old jiggers

Sun, 2012-03-11

Village life continued this week in it's usual chaotic manner. The big excitement was Justine's new baby which, after some complications, was brought into the world safe and well. Her husband, Moses, spent the week in transit between here and the hospital in Masaka, twenty miles away. Moses and Justine run Sure House school for orphans where we are helping.

Chalk and talk

Sat, 2012-03-03

Africa is a timeless place. Literally. Many Africans don't have watches and those that do rely on the ones that don't for their timekeeping. So it was when this term's adult education classes at Sure House were supposed to begin last week. The students all turned up together - forty minutes late.

Fun, games and one less cat

Sat, 2012-03-03

Like most schools around the world, Sure House takes a break in the morning and again in the afternoon as well as an hour for lunch. The old car wheel which hangs from a tree in the playground serves as a school bell when a pupil throws a stone at it to signal relief from the monotony of geography and science.

A new season arrives

Sun, 2012-02-26

News has reached the equator that the south of England is officially in drought and faces a hosepipe ban. We hear as well that the reservoirs in Scotland are only 95% full, which must amount to more or less the same thing. Unsurprisingly, there would be little sympathy coming from the locals in Kiwangala who see withered grass and parched crops twice a year with regularity.

A tale of a lost shirt

Sun, 2012-02-12

Tragedy struck the other day. I lost my shirt. For avoidance of doubt, and in case anyone thinks I have been putting our last shillings on a horse, the truth is even worse than that. The garment in question was a cherished piece of faded linen which had been evading eviction from my wardrobe for several years.

Outlook sunny

Mon, 2012-02-06

Life in sunny Kiwangala at the moment is just that - sunny. And hot. Within a degree of the equator, the morning sun rises promptly at seven and the temperature climbs swiftly into the thirties where it stays for most of the day.

Off to Maggie's wedding

Mon, 2012-02-06

We had been warned that it was going to be a long day and after two weddings in Rwanda, experience told us that a box of sandwiches would be a good thing to take with us, except that in the heat of Uganda in February they wouldn't last until lunchtime. It was also a chance to dress up.

Uganda's original kingdom

Mon, 2012-02-06

The creation of the Ugandan Protectorate in 1894 brought together a disparate and traditionally antagonistic group of territories. The largest of these was Buganda, home to the Ganda people. The kingdom has a long and proud history stretching back to the fourteenth century. When Uganda achieved independence in 1962 Buganda was abolished but not without a lot of unrest.