We Met: Joseph #TFBloggers

All week we have had two drivers – Joseph and Peter. Joseph has very good English, so we’re able to particularly ask him a lot of questions, and it’s really interesting to see where the cultural differences are, as they negotiate us safely around the incredibly bumpy roads! He’s been interested to see what we take photos of, says we seem to “love children” (so maybe Ugandan children are more about function?), wonders why we Continue Reading →

The Food So Far: #TFBloggers

So yesterday, on Facebook I put a photo of our meal the evening before “pork and Irish”: We always know that food will get people talking, and heading off to foreign climes always gives the opportunity to be exposed to other cuisine. We established pretty early that any restaurant menus are a work of aspiration rather than reality … it comes down to the same choices as we get at our guesthouse each evening: Meat: Continue Reading →

We Met: Anna #TFBloggers

In our conversation with Nora on Wednesday, we asked whether PEP had improved the position of women in this community, and there was a definite “yes” in reply. Families don’t fight so much – husbands have realised they need to talk to their wives/not drink all the money away. Couples plan together and share ideas, and it’s accepted that all children should go to school – not just the boys… when girls has been seen Continue Reading →

The Mobile Revolution? A Conversation with Ben #TFBloggers

Ben is the facilitator for the PEP process in Ogongora (and other local villages), so I grabbed the chance for a chat with him yesterday about mobile phone usage, and what it has changed about village life. It has become quite clear this week that phones are being used in the villages, and have improved the situation in small but significant ways, but phones are expensive, and usually individual villagers have other priorities, particularly education Continue Reading →

Church: Ogongoran Style #TFBloggers

So, today, the villagers put on a church service for us … as they said “where 2 or 3 are gathered in his name” – and it was certainly more than that though clearly not as full as a regular service… the nursery school joined us – lots of giggling again! Photos can be found on Facebook (open folder) We’ve heard many tales of how long African services can be … but this was actually Continue Reading →

The Mobile Revolution? #TFBloggers

Africa is frequently mentioned as one of the places where mobile phones have revolutionalised life – in a country which was too vast to support the infrastructure of landlines,  the mobile has given connectivity to many who had never had it before. As we’ve driven through the towns, there are mobile advertisements everywhere – especially for mobile banking, and almost every other shop appears to be selling SIM cards and airtime. So what is it Continue Reading →

We Met: Isaiah #TFBloggers

Isaiah and the War: When the fighting started, rebel forces came and took boys to be soldiers, although many didn’t make it to their destination.  Others were rounded up into camps, which were congested, and because there was no proper hygiene, people were dying fast.  Isaiah has two sisters, along with his Father and Mother – they had come back to the village to look for food, as his Father was getting frustrated at seeing them Continue Reading →

#BigRead13: Day 15: Story (#TFBloggers, #LentPhotos, @40Acts)

The first day we arrived in Ogongora, the kids were a little afraid of us … by the end of our second day – they trusted us more and wanted to join in the fun with us (especially having their picture taken) – and we trusted them more with our gadgets! So #lentphotos today on Trusting: #BigRead13 Thoughts As we move onto The Horse and His Boy this kind of line appeared from then onwards: “Child,’ Continue Reading →