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Nomads on the move (again)

Sun, 2011-11-27

Those of you who are familiar with this blog will have picked up that the place we are staying is not exactly a humming metropolis. So to report that things have been quiet this week isn't much in the way of news. But at Children's Sure House School where it is the end of term, things have been even quieter than normal.

Life in the garden

Sun, 2011-11-27

Life is full of frustrations, which we try not to mention too often. One such is the supply of electricity (or lack of) which frequently means that we can't always (or even can't often) get on with what we had planned. So when we are looking for something to occupy ourselves with, there is often reward to be had out of taking the camera into the back garden.

Christmas is coming

Sat, 2011-11-19

Even in darkest Africa anyone with half an eye on the online newspapers can sense that Christmas is about to appear over the horizon. I asked Margaret, who has been translating at the widows' groups for me, if people ate a special Christmas day meal in Uganda. 'Oh yes' she said.

Holiday plans

Sat, 2011-11-19

Mrs R has her last English class of the term next week and then we pack our bags (again!) and head off back to Rwanda to catch up with what is happening at the project. Steven has sent us details of the children's school reports which she is keen to follow up. Like last year, there has been some creditable improvement in the marks.

Mobile money

Fri, 2011-11-11

On Monday we paid a visit to the local bank to make arrangements for the funding of our four widows' income generation projects. This is the Kiwangala Micro-finance Cooperative and is the closest thing to a bank for twenty miles.

Exotic bids and unhappy taxi drivers

Fri, 2011-11-04

The Mbarara Road suggests a route to some Brigadoon-like place in the Western Isles. The real Mbarara is only slightly less romantic as it sits beside the Mpanga Forest Reserve where red-tailed monkeys and bush pigs can be found. The road takes us from our own district of Masaka eastwards to Kampala where we have been for the last couple of days.

Another wet one

Wed, 2011-10-19

As autumnal Scotland moves from warm and wet towards cold and wet, two-season Uganda moves from hot and dry to slightly less hot and wet. Today looks like being a good day though. The mobiles work, we have electricity, and to cap it all, we have running water as well.

Children's update

Tue, 2011-10-11

By the time we left Rwanda at the end of August, arrangements were all but complete for the care of the street children who remained in the project house. Our assistant Steven has been to visit us in Uganda and he was able to give us an update.