The Blog

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.

A school like any other

Tue, 2011-10-11

Things are quiet at Children's Sure House just now. For the last couple of weeks the senior pupils have been away on study leave for the national end of year exams, so the teachers are looking a little less stressed than usual and the playground is only half full. Which means that Matilda the goat has plenty room to wander around undisturbed.

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.

What is poverty?

Tue, 2011-10-11

An article on the news wires crossed the breakfast table this morning as I was half-way through my chapati and egg. According to a report published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, by 2020 around 3.3 million children in the UK will be in relative poverty and another 3.1 million will be in absolute poverty.

The African male

Sat, 2011-10-08

Across Africa, at least, across East Africa, problems of poverty tend to be associated with women and orphans. Not that the men are wealthy, although if anyone is wealthy in these parts, they tend to be men.

Out in the sticks

Sat, 2011-10-08

Our meetings with the local widows have continued this week and taken us to some of the villages around Kiwangala. We had thought that Kiwangala itself was a village but many of these places in the remoter countryside are barely more than clutches of small houses sitting among the plantations.

A cautionary tale

Sat, 2011-10-08

The big economic news this week is that the Bank of England has weighed into the financial system again with another round of what has, somewhat euphemistically, been called quantitative easing. This isn't the place to put up a posting about economic history and the inflationary perils of adding money to the economy without producing anything to buy with it.

Cattle on the loose

Fri, 2011-09-30

I had succeeded in staying clean all day, which for me was some achievement, but I should have known something wasn't right. Usually I arrive home with a coating of either dust or mud depending on the weather and as things turned out, yesterday was no exception.

Earning a living

Fri, 2011-09-30

This has been a busy week for widows' meetings. Gavin has been given seven groups of women from local churches who are trying to improve their lot in life. Working in groups of around twenty we are helping them to start earning an income which will feed them and their families throughout the year.