A week to remember
Trip Start Jul 11, 2009
144Trip End Jun 10, 2010
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i love it how you're liking the blog its a pretty good way for you all to see how im doing
and now i can tell you stories of grime and dirt which is pretty crude so i wont go into detail detail about a week on site!
right first of all the family meal at the local village. Bwanda and Chance were the names of the two older boys who did the tour, and we went back to their house. It was one of my highlights to the trip it was just an amzing experience. There were loads of us who could go 9 people to a famly home of 15 people already wow the hostility and genoristy is just not what you see in England, an imediate culture shock.
when we arrived we were give natural coffee, fruit which i cant remember the name off but it was amazing, very sticky only in Africa can you get it, when i know i'l give the name
we wewre also give maize whihc we saw them cook
Chance did most of the cooking al by himself out of all the family the sisters and mother you could see cooking but a 16 year boy who cooked for 11 people was just outstounding!!!! the food in Africa consists of Carbs and starchy food, food to fill you up, when youre painting you have a lot of beans, rice and potatoes, here was no different byt the shear amount was just out of this world, so much pasta, rice, potatoes, cooked green banana was a nice try, but aslo the amount of cabbage was lovely, they cook in a lot of salt and oil but you can ask not have as much salt if wish
they cook in stoves, they cooked outside, the house as you wil see form the picture its not like england, and if it wasnt for our torches then they normaly cook in a few candlelghts, bu thats it really nothing else, Chance was choping in candlelgith until we offered our light, i really cant imagin how someone in the UK would cook like that, i konw its a different world, but we all met thwe family,the brothers and sisters its just how friendllky evryone is its hard to come to terms with the kindness and genoreosity, we didnt have to pay for the food we just had to bring a gift such as bread and flower and sugar, UNBELIEVABLE!!!! is all i can say
The week on site was just a completely different contrast to staying at Eden rock campsite all week. From the ride up to the hills of Jinga where there is no westernised buildings it is the farming area and full pf agricultural land. I got to meet to one of the higher up organisers of Soft power education and i found out a lot of different things about the way of life. the main income for Ugandans is to farm and it was amazing to see that it is in fact all females who are in the land doing the work, you normally see the men lazying around in their groups talking, and this is in fact what i saw up in the vilages and rural areas. Also the school we went to help build is a community school, and when the pictures are finally loaded up you will see the massive diffference in the governemnt school i painted at the the community school whihc has not yet got government funded. The community all chip in for the teachers wage whch isnt a lot and yuou can see a massive difference in how the teaching is done, the soft power education fundung and the new uilding and classroom whihc we helped build will help the school become governement staus and bring in better teaching..
But i found out the wage for the teachers in Uganda it is a shock compared the the english wage, but people in Uganda do not need as much money to survive, the money most people have in England in their banks wopuld make the Ugandans some ive met so rich, but for us te money is our survival, the price for a pineapple, 30p here, in England lucky for less than 3 pound,. compleltly different worlds, the farmers i saw they use their crops to survive, we are all here to survive in one way or another, Dirk was saying that global warming ,may affect the crop season and the agriculture way of life, less sun ,more rain, fingers crossed it wont occur.
On site however was amazing experience. This is the real africa, no shower a bucket of water over your head, water purifictaion tablets out, and the carb diet, we had a cook who we paid for, gorgeous vegetarian curry for three nights yummy, mossie nets up, it was like makeshift when we arrived, how to get evryones mossie nets up, good thogh. we stayed int he health centre in the village and we had spectatctors all day when we went to chill in the evenbing after work. The village had not really seen Muzungos before, (white people) so we all fellt like animals in the zoo the old and the young stred at us all day, but they also said we are very grateful for all the help yo have given to us, seriously i have never met such frienldy peple in all my life, the Ugandans are one of the friendliest nations ive ever met!!
in the day we helped build the new school toilet, so we carried bricks, made cement, bricked layed, never again thogh i'll leave that to the blokes for sure!!
also played with the kids, did the okey kokey, duck duck goose., and children games they loved it, knackering though so tired after each day, very hot up on the hills. The builders were funny and great, very helpful, employed by soft power and done many school buildings before. They let us break cos we were not used the the weather, they just got on with it, i felt pretty lazy sometimes, but cos your not used to building you need to break sometimes.
in the evening, card games and read books in torchlight, going to th drop hole toilet was pretty scary at night so we teneded to go elsewhere.
When we got the 'Mutuku' which is like a mini bus with no seatbelts crammed in and the rain leaking thorugh the ride back to camp was a fun journey all on itself :)
but we got back had a shower and chilled and we had a curry party with all the 40 leed uni students who were headng back home from their month volunteering so it wa sgreat to meet other volunteers
an eventful and very real african experience!!