I’m often asked by prospective volunteers what our volunteers go on to do with their lives, after their experience with our programs. Is volunteering abroad a catalyst for better things? Is it a career enhancer? Or does volunteering abroad naturally attract movers and shakers? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? I tend to… Read More Life after volunteering with The Real Uganda
It’s that time again. Time to re-new my work permit, so I can stay in Uganda. Every 3 years I have to do this. It’s not a big deal, it only takes about a million trips back and forth between Immigration and my home, in Mukono. The procedures stay more or less the same. The… Read More A chance meeting … feelin’ groovy.
Hey folks! Today’s post is an update on our Christmas fundraiser, The Kijani Christmas Gift Drive, which I wrote about in November here. Please give it a read for background. I’m happy to announce the fundraiser netted 30 high quality re-usable diapers, donated to The Real Uganda, to be given out to women we work… Read More Dignity and diapers
This is Robert, on his morning commute, to his gardens near Najjembe in Uganda’s Mabira Rainforest. He’s got his briefcase, his snack, and he’s chatting on his phone. Greatest job in the world. Here’s what else you might see in the garden: A re-purposed jerrycan, used to spread chicken shit. Phil, spreading chicken shit. Me,… Read More In the garden #Uganda
DISCLAIMER: This is a fun post for my non-Ugandan readers. Ugandans already know what happened. On Thursday, February 18, 2016, Uganda held hotly contested presidential and parliamentary elections. Although the following days delivered unsatisfying news for many, the famously wry Ugandan sense of humour reigned throughout. People chose to laugh to keep from crying. Election… Read More You gotta laugh to keep from crying
I’m from Canada. I grew up there, lived there, and thrived there – til I got bored and ran away at the age of 31. I achieved the middle class dream: university education, home and car ownership, great credit, annual world travel, marriage, career, retirement savings. It’s safe to say I am thoroughly Canadian. However,… Read More Doin’ It Like A Ugandan
This week, I present to you an essay written by Haley Barnhart. She volunteered with us for 2 weeks in June, 2014. At the time, she was a second year Social Work student, in Texas. During her short stay in Uganda, she lived and worked in a village boarding school/residential home in Mukono District. She… Read More Leaping Out Of Your Comfort Zone – Another Guest Post