Join S.O.U.L. and Global Giving as we #GivetoBuild the Iganga Educational Center!!! As you may know, my time volunteering and then working with S.O.U.L. Uganda for over two years has had a very profound impact on my life. The faces and places of Uganda visit my mind daily and I am so often reminded of the […]Read more "Forgo the latte today and help S.O.U.L. #GivetoBuild"
As I stepped off the plane the humidity enveloped me like a blanket. The scent of smoke filled my nostrils. Memories flashed through my mind. I took a deep breath and the edges of my mouth curled upwards. I went through Customs, a procedure I have done twice at this airport before. The only difference […]Read more "Isucayo – Welcome back – 6 weeks back in Uganda"
Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see. ~Carl Jung Our Guest of Honour for our 9th Bi-Annual General Meeting was the Right Honourable Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kagada. For those not familiar with the Parliament system, the Speaker is third to the President and Kadaga is the first female […]Read more "Turning Points: Right Honourable Speaker of Parliament – S.O.U.L.’s Guest of Honour"
Today a friend and fellow S.O.U.L. volunteer camp to the Shack to meet and spend some time with the student she has been sponsoring for over a year, Benard. This is always amazing to witness, as it is rare for a student to be able to meet the person who is paying half of their […]Read more "Sponsorship Coincidence"
Today I received some clarity after a trying week. I have been through a few of these phases while being here (coming up on ten months now). I think it’s something that I have to accept is going to happen. It’s only natural as I process life here. During this time, I question how I […]Read more "self·less serv·ice (synonym: self-learn·ing)"
It is clear that these six months are a lot different that the first. It’s less about novelty and more about convenience. I have a bike, a three bedroom house near the River Nile complete with solar lights, running water and soon, power. I even have an internet stick that allows me to connect from […]Read more "In With the New (babies, wild puppies, electricity)"
27th Birthday I have always enjoyed my birthdays mainly because it gives me a good excuse to bring all of my favorite people together. The day is usually filled with the 3 F’s..friends, family and food (thanks Javier). Spending a birthday in a foreign country is always unique and special. A big difference here is […]Read more "Settling in…"
Mzungu One of the first words I learned was Mzungu (white person). As I travel from village to village on the back of a boda (motorcycle taxi), this is a word I hear repeatedly. Kids of all ages run to the road and warmly yell, “Hello Mzungu, Byyyeee.” It is like they are taught this […]Read more "“lows will have their compliment of highs”"
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 […]Read more "Welcome Ken & Jenna"
As village life becomes more familiar, I have felt my first sense of bittersweet-ness. The initial shock of arriving has worn off and I am beginning to create a routine for myself, which is very grounding. I have begun to really feel like this is my home. I have also accepted what this means for […]Read more "Places & Faces"