I am in Nkuringo village in Uganda. 6 of us came on this trip, all the others are British. This is in the extreme SW corner of the country, near the border of the DR Congo and Rwanda. I flew 8 hours to London, 8.5 hours to Nairobi, then 1 hour to Kigali, Rwanda. I met the others there and then we took a 4×4 across the Rwanda/Uganda border and then up to the village which took about 5 hours, half of it on unpaved and sometimes muddy roads.
A friend of mine heads a charity organization called Singing Gorilla Project and they have “adopted” this village, helping them with various things like improving the school, building a music school, installing water tanks, etc. I’m here for a week to help out where I can. I’ll post a few things along the way.
Today (Friday), I am taking part in the installation of a water tank, and some clothes distribution to some of the women of the village. In the afternoon, we’re going to check on 4 students that are HIV-infected from birth, and are having their schooling sponsored by the charity. Supposed to stop by the school today too
The first photo is one I took from outside my “room” this morning just after sunrise, the others were taken yesterday. More to come.
Fun with Chris Read and the money changers at the Uganda / Rwanda Border.
Already a 3 hour 45 minute delay, once it hits 4 hours, I am told that British Airways owes me €400 in cash penalty.
Update: Good morning Africa! A few hours late courtesy of British Airways, but on my way on the morning flight to Rwanda then a border crossing into Uganda.
Had a nice flight over to London via Toronto (really cheap ticket with the stop for dinner in Air Canada lounge in Toronto). It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so it’s time for a pint for happy hour. Come to think of it, it’s 5 o’clock here! Waiting in the pub for my friend Sue to finish her math lesson. Beautiful day here in London Town. Great beer selection, most of it is even cold. lol
In early October, I will be spending 10 days in Uganda, with a stop in London on the way, and transiting through Kenya and Rwanda. This entries in this blog reflect the dates of the post, not necessarily the dates the photos were taken.
If anyone would like more information about Singing Gorilla Projects and what they are doing in Uganda to help people, please visit their website here: www.dthomas.co.uk/singinggorilla/foundation.shtml
If you are interested in joining Singing Gorilla Projects on a trip, please let me know and I’d be happy to discuss it with you. It will change your view on life.
If you’d like to make a donation to them, or fundraise (like a 5K run, etc.), you can do so here: www.justgiving.com/singing-gorilla