One (two) year(s) on…

This post is actually a year old now (I never quite got around to publishing it sorry!) but as it will bring you up to date and on to my next adventure (and new blog – Island Life in Vanuatu) here goes…

It’s been a while since my last post, over a year in fact, and as you would expect a lot has happened. I last left you having arrived home in NZ… I spent the summer enjoying being with my family and friends, getting to know my 2 year old nephew and lapping up the natural beauty that is my home.

I explored my damaged city, grieving for what was lost but also delighting in the fresh, new creativity and strong community spirit that had grown out of the disaster.

I also tried (unsuccessfully!) to not get too stressed about the ‘what next’. I thought moving back to NZ, particularly Christchurch, would be a bit of career killing move for me. Oh how I was to be proven wrong! After a pretty tough interview process I got a job with World Vision NZ in a fundraising role based in Christchurch. It was a bit of a change for me and a big learning curve but I met some inspiring people who were able to break down the cynicism I had built up while living in London. I saw successful business people be incredibly generous and it was heartwarming.

Through this role I had the pleasure of taking four supporters to Tanzania to visit World Vision’s microfinance programme, VisionFund. We witnessed the difference small loans were making to business people and farmers who would otherwise never be able to get the credit (or had to rely on dangerous loan sharks) to grow their income and support their families. I was able to see through the supporters eyes how they viewed the use of their hard earned resources by an NGO. It was encouraging. They were impressed with how much the women and men they met could achieve with so little.

The added bonus of this trip was that I was able to also visit Uganda. Almost exactly a year after I left I was able to return and take my brother with me. We did a lot of travelling in just a week and a half. James coped well considering how jetlagged he was, only falling asleep mid-conversation a few times!

Our first trip was south west from Kampala to visit my sponsor child living near the border with Tanzania (14 hour round trip!!). Robert was pretty shy to start with, probably a bit overwhelmed by all the attention, but he showed himself to be an incredibly intelligent, articulate and generous boy. His father was also very kind and obviously cares a lot for his children.

Early the next morning we headed north to Murchison Falls National Park for a 3 day safari. The highlight for me was the hippo having a midnight snack right outside our tent! We then squeezed into a ‘private hire’ car (private meaning we shared a ride with 8 other people in a 7-seater car with our bags strapped to the roof in a shower of rain!) and continued on to Gulu.

We stayed with my good friend Sarah for the next five days, visiting her school where we ran a sports lesson for the kids, and then spent two days at The Recreation Project. It was so good to be able to see friends and work colleagues again. To see how things had progressed and hear what they had been up to. A couple of the exciting developments since I had left Uganda included:

  • Michael receiving further Premier Skills funding to continue his football coaching programmes.
  • Charles, Programme Coordinator at TRP, gaining a scholarship to study for his Masters in London.
  • Irene becoming Programme Coordinator at TRP and starting a rock climbing club for young women!!
  • My former neighbour opening her own shop in town.

It was hard to say goodbye again but I left with a happy heart knowing things in northern Uganda are hopeful, even in the face of so many obstacles. We took the Postbus back to Kampala and spent our last night in Uganda watching the girls and guys from The Breakdance Project strut their stuff at my friend Eliza’s house.

A week after I arrived back in NZ I went for my induction with VSA. I had been offered a role with World Vision Vanuatu the week before I flew to Tanzania. So my journey since leaving the landlocked East African country of Uganda has led to the small island nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific and another big adventure…to continue the story follow my new blog ‘Island Life in Vanuatu’

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Endings and new beginnings

I’m writing this blog from the comfort of my parents’ house in New Zealand making it a bit of a surreal exercise. As you may have guessed, I have left Uganda…for the time being! I extended my nine month stint in Gulu by three months  so I could work with The Recreation Project (TRP). My guest blog on the TRP website explains how this came about: Introducing Grace.

A bit about TRP in their own words:

“The experiential learning model of The Recreation Project is one the most powerful and effective methods for teaching trust, self-belief, and hope.  TRP uses a guided ropes course and outdoor adventure excursions as tools for learning.  Young people who come to TRP encounter a radical change of scene that removes them from their daily routine and allows them to think new thoughts and use imagination to overcome obstacles at the ropes course and in their lives.  They are having fun while internalizing the important life-skills and character-building skills needed to navigate a new landscape that for decades has been defined by war and conflict but through their energy and vision has the potential to thrive.”

As their Capacity Building Coordinator I had a varied role which included staff training and development, facilitating youth and staff groups through the ropes course, business development and providing advice on management and strategy. It was an action packed three months! It is hard to squash all of this into one small blog post so I will attempt to give you the highlights…

The Recreation Project Staff and Facilitators

The Recreation Project Staff and Facilitators

Firstly, working with this amazing (and ever so slightly crazy) bunch of people…

Putting Denis and Fred (both in wheelchairs)  through high elements on the ropes course, including the zip line, leap of faith and climbing wall! Check out the blog link above to read more about this.

Bringing my friend Eliza’s youth group, Remnant (who print our t-shirts) and the Mountain Club of Uganda to the forest. As well as helping to set up further relationships with organisations who will bring their staff and beneficiaries to the ropes course in the future.

Meeting Doreen, Gloria and Vicky – girls from one of the local schools who came on the ropes course with their class and then continued to visit me each day during their lunch breaks.

Gloria, Vicky and Doreen

Gloria, Vicky and Doreen

Taking TRP staff and facilitators to Karuma Falls for their own staff team building day and end of year party.

TRP Staff and Facilitators at Karuma Falls

TRP Staff and Facilitators at Karuma Falls

Launching Gulu’s first climbing club and leadership training programme, now led by Ogeno Charles and linked with the Mountain Club of Uganda. Writing the programme in partnership with my SIT intern, Olivia.


Gulu’s first climbing club!

Bringing youth from the Remand Home (where young people under the age of 18 are placed when they are accused of crimes and awaiting trial) to the forest and seeing the potential for seeds of change to be planted in their lives.

Having an office in the forest, a tree-house meeting room and mountain biking to work!

Youth learning about how their actions impact on those around them and that in working together they can achieve things that otherwise seem impossible

Youth learning about how their actions impact on those around them and that in working together they can achieve things that otherwise seem impossible

IJM staff working together and supporting each other through the 'Spider's Web'

IJM staff working together and supporting each other through the ‘Spider’s Web’

I fully intend to continue to work with and support TRP from NZ, including sourcing outdoor and climbing equipment, fundraising and hopefully a visit in the near future.

Check out The Recreation Project blog to find out more about TRP’s ongoing work.

Things I am thankful for: the fantastic opportunity I had to work at TRP, all the amazing people I worked with and made friends with in Uganda

Prayer requests: that I can continue to stay in touch with and support the people I worked with in Uganda, and that I can return soon!

Thank you to everyone who supported, encouraged and challenged me. Now that I’m home I will be signing off for the time being so thanks for reading!!

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It’s dirty work…

…riding to my office that is! I have started riding a mountain bike to my new office in the forest at The Recreation Project. Riding on a boda (motorbike taxi) up Lacor/Juba road is not fun as it’s the main road to Juba, South Sudan and therefore has many large trucks and buses rumbling along it. To make matters worse it’s a dirt road, making it a dust bowl when it’s  dry and a swamp when it’s wet – there is no in between! The fun alternative is to take a mountain bike down the small tracks and trails through the villages to Lacor. It’s about 7km and worth every peddle! Some pics and random anecdotes from my ride to work…

Mud, mud glorious mud! I end up covered in mud most days – thankfully The Recreation Project has showers.

Getting lost!! I went a good couple of km out of my way the first time I rode to work but I have now cut my 55min ride down to 30mins.

As I leave work for the day, I am swarmed by school children on their way home too. They call out hi, ciao or nihow (many are taught by Italian Nuns but I have no idea where they have been learning Mandarin!), laugh at me, try to catch me up and touch me, have races behind me, jump out of the way at the last minute – so many fun games they can play with me!

Having to say ‘Apwoyo’ to every person I pass while puffing away up a hill or trying to dodge potholes.

Getting very close to running over chickens on several occasions and nearly even a baby goat one afternoon – oops!

Overtaking 4WDs and playing chicken with bodas! Uphill right of way doesn’t exist here, the biggest vehicle always goes first. Although a 4WD did pull over for me when I caught him up on a particularly pot-holed road, giving me thumbs up and a big grin as I rode past.

The shocked look on a boda passenger’s face when I flew between her boda and another cyclist navigating the pot-holes downhill, the grin on her face as the boda overtook me and the even more astonished look on her face as I caught the boda up again going up the hill on the other side (not many people have bikes with gears)!

Flying off my bike when I hit the bricks someone had used to fill in the potholes (and trying not to freak out about the possibility of snakes hiding in the long grass I just landed in) or face-planting off my bike and having passers-by laugh at me!

Seeing cows grazing and football training taking place on the same pitch.

Finding an impressive cathedral tucked away down a dirt road, getting lost on this road and asking a lovely nun for directions.

Making a ‘brrring’ sound to let people know I am coming (yes, I need to buy a bell).

The grins and waves I get from little old ladies carrying massive loads on their heads. One even asked me how my ‘baby’ was – referring to my backpack! Women here carry loads on their heads and babies on their backs so I must look really odd to them.

Inadvertently getting into ‘boy-racer’ style show downs with young guys also riding bikes!

Always bumping into people I know on my ride home and stopping for a chat.

Traffic Jam! A very heavy sack of charcoal on the back of the bike he is straining to push uphill.

I still live in the same house down Moroto Road so I pass by the Gulu Disabled Person’s Unions (where I was based for my previous job) every day. This means I can stop to watch the wheelchair basketball and catch up with my former workmates and beneficiaries on a regular basis. One of them described me as going ‘terrible fast’ when I passed him by!
Things I am thankful for: no broken bones!

Prayer requests: no broken bones!

Muddy kisses xx

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TRP guest blog

I will fill you in about my work at The Recreation Project soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share my guest blog on The Recreation Project website with you all… click on this link Introducing Grace or cut and paste this link into your web browser:

Trying to upload photos at the office on a veeerrrry slow internet connection!

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Celebrating successes

Living in Gulu can be a bit of a rollercoaster ride (and not just when I’m riding my mountain bike fast over all the potholes or falling over and getting covered in mud!). There are days when I love it here and feel like it is the best place in the world to be working, and other days when I really do wonder what I am doing here! My last day with The Kids League was two weeks ago already and my original flight home was booked for today (now moved to December). The arrival of this day brought on a bit in crisis about what I have been doing here and what I have achieved over the last nine months. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t come here with some naive idea that I was going to change the world but when you invest everything into something you do hope to see a return, no matter how small. So, I decided to list my high points from the last nine months as an exercise in celebrating successes…

The Kids League Gulu and Pabbo (January-August)

Student from Gulu Primary School playing goalball – a paralympic sport for the visually impaired

Most of my time here in Gulu has been focused on the Inclusion through Disability Sports programme The Kids League runs in partnership with Gulu Disabled Persons Union and Motivation UK. Children with disabilities ranging from physical to visual, hearing and cognitive take part in a variety of different sports including wheelchair basketball, volleyball, football, boccia, showdown and goalball. I was also able to introduce a Life Skills training programme focusing on leadership, inclusion, discrimination, self-esteem, disability rights, and raising awareness. At the end of each season we celebrated their successes with an Awards Day, where each child who participated in the programme was given a certificate and a medal.

Children with disabilities are highly discriminated against, there are many myths about ‘catching’ their disability, and it is a struggle for parents living in poverty to see the point in caring for and supporting children they view as a drain on their resources, unable to contribute to the family or society. They are often undervalued, live in undignified conditions and are denied their basic human rights, including being able to attend school.  Seeing these children come along weekly to play sports with their peers, increase their skills and confidence, and start to believe that they can contribute to their local community and stand up for their rights, has been incredibly rewarding.

Esperance, Rwanda (February-July)

In February I visited a sports charity set up in Kigali after the genocide to promote peace and reconciliation. Following this meeting I was asked to facilitate a Young Leaders Exchange between Esperance and The Kids League.

TKL coaches taking part in Football4Peace training

This led to a training exchange where one of our coaches went to Rwanda to train Esperance’s staff and volunteers in running Inclusive Disability sports programmes. In return, trainers from Esperance travelled to Gulu to train our coaches in Football4Peace – a programme using football to help promote conflict resolution. Our coaches then started thinking how they can adapt the programme to promote inclusion for people with disabilities!

Peace Corps – Camp Glow and Build (April), GirlTech (August), Peace Camp (August)

Through making friends with some of the Peace Corps Volunteers based in Northern Uganda, I was given the opportunity to nominate 10 children with disabilities from our programme to go to Camp Glow and Camp Build in April. We also organised an Inclusive Football Tournament for them. At the beginning of August I travelled with nine girls from Gulu and Lira, (some nine hours on two buses) escorting them to GirlTech, a camp focusing on encouraging girls to pursue careers in science. One of my most enjoyable moments was when I shared with some of the girls about what an inspiration my mum has been to me, as a doctor, researcher, encourager and best mum ever! In August, I was also given the privilege of nominating youth for Peace Camp and helping out with their day at The Recreation Project.

Hanging out with Tom and Denis at The Recreation Project

Tom (on the left) kept to himself and didn’t want to take part in the activities with his team. He came across as angry but it became clear he was shy and lacking in confidence in his ability to participate. His team mate, Denis (in the middle), persuaded Tom to give the challenge course a go by showing him he was going to do it too. Not only did Tom complete the challenge course, he enjoyed it, became more actively involved in the day and went on to do the much more intimidating high rope elements of the course with the rest of his team.

I nominated Denis for Peace Camp after showing excellent leadership potential in his wheelchair basketball team. On this day at The Recreation Project, not only did he encourage his teammates to take part but he also showed them firsthand what a bit of determination can achieve – he made it through several elements of the challenge course and then proceeded to complete the Leap of Faith, Zip Line and Climbing Wall – LEGEND!! Such a huge inspiration for his teammates and for people with disabilities, I know he will make an excellent leader in his community and I hope further afield too.

VSO – Inclusive Sports demonstration at Pece Stadium (July)

After a chance meeting at the local swimming pool, I developed a relationship with some of the VSO volunteers in Gulu. In July, we were invited to give a disability sports demonstration at their United in Sports event at Pece Stadium in Gulu. Children from Gulu Primary School got to play goalball in front of an audience at their local sports stadium, for the first time ever! They were excited to have such a rare opportunity and had great fun. Our wheelchair basketball players also showed off their skills at the stadium. Since then they gained the confidence to play regularly at the local basketball grounds next to the big market to raise awareness about their sport.

Premier Skills –Inclusive Football and Netball tournament (August)

Children dancing in the stands at Pece Stadium after the sports tournament

I helped our Programme Coordinator, Michael, develop a project proposal and write a successful funding application to run an inclusive football and netball tournament during the school holidays in Gulu and Pabbo. Over 250 boys and girls had a lot of fun competing side by side in mixed teams. It is rare to see boys playing netball and girls playing football in Uganda, or to see so many hearing impaired children included in these teams, so it was great to see how much fun they could have playing alongside each other. Hopefully it will go some way towards breaking down the barriers to inclusion for girls and children with disabilities in northern Uganda.

Things I am thankful for: The great people I have had the pleasure of working with here in Gulu over that last nine months. An exciting new opportunity and an awesome mountain bike to get me to my new job. Fun camping weekends away. Words of encouragement – thank you!

Prayer requests: for health and healing – that my twisted ankle, which is still giving me trouble, completely heals, and that I finally get completely free of the stomach bug that has been plaguing me these last few weeks. Flights home for Christmas.

Last week I started my new role volunteering as Capacity Building Coordinator for The Recreation Project. I’ll be working with them for my last three months in Gulu. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes but so far I am loving working in an office in the forest, having a tree house for a boardroom and planning exciting new outdoors adventures for youth from northern Uganda!

Thanks for reading🙂

Grace xx

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Changing seasons

I started writing this blog while watching a wheelchair basketball practice going on outside my office door. I have seen many random things from my office door over the past few months…

Grazing cattle wandering past my office

Common promotional technique in Gulu – load the flatbed of a truck with large speakers and drive around town with music pumping

And children will follow dancing…

I can’t quite believe I have been here nearly eight months now, I should be counting down the weeks until my departure in September but (as happens on adventures like this) my plans have changed. In my last blog I mentioned that I might have the opportunity to stay longer in Uganda and I can now confirm that I will be staying in Gulu until December. From September, I will start a volunteer placement with The Recreation Project (the place with the climbing wall!). This is an exciting opportunity as it combines so many of my skills and loves!

Nungwi, Zanzibar

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front because I have been crazy busy (and I am also never sure what to write about!!). In May I celebrated a big birthday twice, firstly in Gulu with the fun people I love hanging out with here and then with my gorgeous friend Erin in Zanzibar!

With the fun and games out of the way the focus for the rest of May was on coach training and prep for the next Inclusive Disability Sports season starting in June.

TKL coach learning to rock climb

One of the training days involved taking the coaches to The Recreation Project for a day of challenges, team building and fun! I also started writing a Life Skills training programme for the children in the sports league – focusing on leadership, inclusion, discrimination, self-esteem, child and disability rights, and raising awareness.

At the last minute I was given the chance to head back to the UK in June to surprise my Grandad for his 90th birthday. Of course I jumped at the chance to catch up with family and friends! Highlights included Grandad’s birthday, visiting Grandma and the northern relies, meeting my friends’ new baby girl, going climbing with friends I have missed and having many brunch, lunch and dinner dates with good friends!

The sports season was well underway when I returned to Gulu at the end of June. I was really pleased to see how organised everything was and the increased number of children taking part.

At the beginning of July I helped out at The Recreation Project again for a couple of days, this time with 240 adults on their work team building days. I helped facilitate one of their activities focusing on difference and diversity as well as belaying people on the climbing wall (of course!). I then had two guys from the UK come volunteer with me for a few days during their school holidays. They got involved in playing sports with the kids and took part in wheelchair basketball training. The kids loved the having the chance to play against these guys and it was great to see them get stuck in – which totally put me to shame when I managed to badly sprain my ankle while playing netball with the girls!

The final day of the sports season required an early start to take a bus an hour from Gulu to pick up the 55 children taking part in the sports programme in Pabbo. I enjoyed watching the sun rise over the grassland, small farms and village huts while we bumped down the dirt road. We brought the children back in time to play some friendly matches against the Gulu teams in wheelchair basketball, volleyball, boccia, showdown and goalball before the awards ceremony began. All the children and coaches received certificates and medals. We also gave leadership awards to children who demonstrated good leadership skills throughout the season.

Even with the season complete, this month is still busy with planning, coach training and sports demonstrations taking place. August is my last month with The Kids League and Gulu Disabled Person’s Union. It will be hard to say goodbye to everyone I work with here. I think my biggest achievement has been to form such strong relationships with the people I have been working with here in Gulu. I plan to stay in touch and keep visiting the sports programme! I also hope to take my learning about inclusive sports to my new role with The Recreation Project.

Things I am thankful for: the chance to visit friends and family in the UK, feeling good about coming back to Gulu, an exciting new opportunity with The Recreation Project, being blessed financially by friends and family making it possible for me to stay longer in Gulu.

Prayer requests: that I can wrap things up well with The Kids League and successfully hand things over, health and healing for family and friends.

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Rainy Season = Mangos!

Life in Gulu

It’s rainy season in Gulu now which means the road I live and work on has turned from a dust bowl into a mud pit. I have invested in a pair of gumboots so I can avoid getting super muddy feet on my 5 min walk to the office. When it rains here it pours! The best thing you can do is take shelter and fast as the roads become rivers of mud and you get soaked in minutes. The thunderstorms here are pretty impressive and by far the loudest I have ever heard. The plus side is that everything is looking lush and green now. Farmers are planting their crops, which seem to grow at an amazing rate. There are mangos everywhere (yum!) and our avocados are finally ripening. The sunsets are also pretty stunning. It is still warm here, I even managed a swim last week and I don’t have to wear a cardy or socks too often.

Some random moments in the last month or so include climbing our water-tank tower in the dark with my headtorch on to turn the tap off so we didn’t run out of water after the shower tap broke, killing a mouse (that I woke to find sitting on my pillow!) with a shoe, and having a boda driver ask for my number so I could have his babies one day (I kid you not!!).

However, what I should really be updating you on is what I have been doing with The Kids League. It has been a huge learning curve for me moving to and working in Gulu. I am learning so much about managing a project in a cross-cultural setting, balancing UK expectations against the realities of working in a developing country and basic communication between cultures. There are definitely days when I really wonder what I am doing but then I remind myself about how much I am learning and the things that have been achieved so far. So here is a quick rundown of my last couple of months…

The sports season for children with disabilitiesWheelchair basketball at the Gulu Disabled Persons Union started mid-February and ran on Saturdays until the end of March. We had 100 children in Gulu take part and another 50 children in Pabbo, Amuru District, which was a new location for us this season. The sports included football, wheelchair basketball, volleyball, boccia, goalball and showdown. The children who take part are deaf/hearing impaired, blind/visually impaired, cognitively impaired or physically disabled. It is such a privilege to see all of these children take part and have so much fun.

Before the new season started, I helped run a disability sports demonstration in Anaka, Nwoya District (a new location for us) with a couple of our coaches. We are hoping to start the sports programme there this coming season.

I have also assisted with planning the programme, ensuring the financial monitoring is accurate, training the coaches, making visits to the schools and beneficiaries, and improving communication with the Kampala office. Another part of my role is to network and form links with potential project partners, so I have been meeting with Peace Corps, Girls Kick It, Sports Outreach, The Recreation Project, and VSO to name a few. Out of this we have established partnerships to run a football tournament at Peace Corps camps, run a disability sports demonstration at a VSO event and send our coaches for a training day at The Recreation Project. I have also been writing grant applications and we recently were able to secure funding to run an inclusive sports tournament during the August school holidays.

One of my colleagues based in Kampala came up to Gulu to give a presentation at a training event for Ugandan paediatricians on HIV/Aids. She spoke about using sports to educate children about HIV/Aids and taking their medication. I learnt a lot!

I travelled to Rwanda to meet with Esperance, a football charity set up to help with peace building after the genocide. It was great to see how other people are doing similar work and to see the new sports centre they have built. I was also able to bring one of their volunteers back with me to Uganda for a Young Leaders exchange with support from Street Football World.

Believe it or not I found a climbing wall in Gulu! The Recreation Project is a ropes course set up to help youth overcome fear and patterns of war. It uses an experiential model to teach trust, self-belief, hope, team work and problem solving. I was able to take my workmates from Kampala out there for a couple of hours climbing and am starting to wish I brought my rockshoes with me!

On the last day of the season as the sun was rising at 7am I took an empty bus to Pabbo (1 hour on a very bumpy and dusty dirt road) to pick up children and bring them back to compete against the children in Gulu. It was a full on day and as usual things did not go exactly to plan but the highlights from the day were watching the children and coaches from Gulu and Pabbo cheering on the teams in the volleyball final, children dancing to the music pumping out of the huge sound system (I am becoming pretty skilled at Acholi dancing!), and the children I brought from Pabbo cheering on the bus as they left for home.

I met some Peace Corps Volunteers when I first arrived in Gulu and they included me in the planning of their Youth Empowerment Camps for children from northern Uganda. I was able to help them recruit local people to be camp leaders, nominate ten children from our sports programme to attend the camps and set up an inclusive football tournament on the Saturday.

I also had the great pleasure of helping to belay over 200 children and camp leaders on the climbing wall at The Recreation Project. For all the Ugandan children and leaders it was their first time seeing and being on a climbing wall, a challenging experience for them but they pretty much all made it to the top! My favourite was one of the boys who refused to go up, after all his friends went I finally convinced him and he made it to the top. When he came back down he started jumping around, pumping the air and grinning from ear to ear!!

I have found myself travelling back and forth to Kampala for work much more often that I expected. It’s a 5 hour bus journey on a good day and always brings new experiences. I have been stopped by the police and almost had my camera confiscated for taking a photo of a waterfall, I have travelled in fear of having my feet pecked by the live chicken stuffed under my seat, I have seen monkeys, baboons and a herd of buffalos on the side of the road, we broke down and had five mechanics come to rescue us, I’ve had sticks of meat stuffed in my face through the open window when stopped next to a street market, and experienced some interesting rest break situations, the list goes on…

I am now thinking about extending my stay here until December. I always had in mind that I would potentially stay longer and now I am discovering other organisations (like The Recreation Project and the Breakdance Project) that I would love to get more involved with I know I would like to stay longer. I have also met some pretty inspiring and encouraging people out here and would therefore love the opportunity to learn more from them. I am also falling for East Africa, Uganda and especially Gulu.  I believe there is so much potential amongst the youth here.

Things I am thankful for: the best care package ever – a whole backpack of NZ goodies, chocolate and tools carried in person by the wonderful Erin Mclean!! A whole week with one of my closest friends, showing her my home and the craziness, fun and beauty that is Uganda.

Prayer requests: that I can make a decision about how much longer I should stay and that I can raise the necessary funds, that I can turn my frustrations into learning opportunities, that I don’t become complacent or cynical, that I continue to find joy in working with the children and youth of Gulu and Northern Uganda.

Grace xx

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