At the end of October, Brooke went back to Kampala for a few days to pick up her dad and the co-founder of S.O.U.L., Ken Stern, and our Executive Director, Jenna Rogers. This was good for two reasons. One, it gave me two days to test the waters of being the Project Manager when Brooke isn’t around and two, it meant that I got to spend some time with Ken and Jenna in Africa. For Ken, it was his seventh time to Uganda and S.O.U.L., and for Jenna it was her fourth time to Uganda, but first time visiting S.O.U.L.
The women and children gathered around the S.O.U.L. Shack in anticipation of their arrival. Once the Prado pulled in, more people seemed to appear out of no where. Although Brooke had only been gone for two days, the women embraced her like it had been a years. When Jenna got out of the car, the women responded with cheer, laughter and dance. Not missing a beat, Jenna shook her kapapla right with the women, only to fire up more yelling and screaming.
As Ken enjoyed from behind the crowd, it wasn’t hard to see that he was very excited yet at ease to be back home. Bujagali Falls all of a sudden felt whole and there was a new life and energy in the village.