The past couple of days have been very busy – we’ve been driving to isolated villages, visiting families, buying and delivering materials, building coops and digging our rental car out of mud pits (Ugandan roads). The 14 participants who received materials over the past three days were from Sironko, Bukedea and Budaka districts. We also held our third chicken coop on-site build workshop at Eric Wanafwa’s home in Sironko. During the next two weeks will begin our expansion in the Tororo and Soroti regions, adding 20 participants altogether.
The yard is always buzzing with customers, men at work, roosters, hungry goats, a few dogs and a solo Mzungu (white person) looking for a deal on wooden planks.
After 9 1/2 hours spent driving over crater filled roads, hauling wooden poles & planks, multiple mosquito bites and nothing more to eat than a protein bar a piece – we found ourselves less than 20 minutes from home and stuck in a swampy field. For the next 2 1/2 hours we worked together to get the truck back on the road. No one freaked out, everyone remained calm. This is why I love Uganda, the peopleare so kind and peaceful. When we were dropped Martha, a TASO counselor, off at her house she shook my hand and said, “thank you for sharing this struggle with me.
“To struggle is to strengthen my faith, my hope and my belief in humanity.”
-Valentino Achek Deng