Liz has already written Richard’s story (I noticed the same billboard – I’m a sucker for advertising, and it’s been one of my big fascinations on this trip), so I thought I’d just add the video (sorry, on its side) which has actually sucked up most of my data – so enjoy it!
Some great images from his home … and the internet is full of kittens, so make sure you see that there’s one there too! More seriously, Richard was deeply challenged by the need to be ‘salt and light’, and questioned how he could be salt or light to his wife and family if he was drunk and beating them – and it’s great to see how high his aspirations reach.
I was fascinated to ask how marriage works in Uganda – tends to be arranged between the parents, though the daughter can say no. The wife is expected to do washing, cooking, cleaning, gardening, the children – etc, whilst the husband gets up – works had til about 10, and then spends all their money on drink (but he doesn’t see it as their money), before beating the wife – so a lot of the work that’s being done on this aspect is having huge changes day by day – including a chart where the husband/wife indicate what they will be doing at each our of the day – so they can see for themselves what is happening.
Filmed/written yesterday. Read more about Richard on Tearfund.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.