#14 – Local houses in Gulu

From Lynne:

These round houses are typical of where most people live.

local homes in gulu, uganda

local homes in Uganda, guluThere is no electricity or water, so tasks are done in daylight, and family members haul water in yellow jerry cans.  All cooking, clothes washing and bathing depends on mile (or longer) walks to the closest bore hole (well), and often we see clothes spread on the roof or nearby bushes to dry. A good salary is 150,000 shillings a month which works out to $2+ a day.

We are staying at the Archbishop John Baptist Odama’s residence, which sits nestled in the Gulu landscape.

Archbishop's compound from the frontThe people around here are embroiled in a tragic situation that is not yet over (civil war for over 20 years!), but we are not in any danger.  The archbishop’s residence houses offices and many workers. We stay in a little house out back.

Our house is considered very wealthy because it is a freestanding  or permanent house and has divided rooms and running water. We have electricity when it is working, including a small hot water tank, and every room has a light, a single wire with a bulb hanging from the ceiling. There is a two-burner gas hotplate that runs off a tank of propane like a grill, and a manual water filtration tank for about 2 gallons. There are concrete floors and concrete walls, but they are broken in places and critters get in. I have only just realized that the nets over our beds are not only for flying insects but for things that can crawl up!

We wash some of our clothes in plastic dish pans and get help with laundry once a week. There are no washing machines that I know of.

(Arch, it is the same era, not nearly as nice as our house in Waterville, Ireland, but it will do just fine.)


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Keshia on February 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Wow this must be an exciting experience! I could only imagine how hot it is in Africa.


  2. Posted by Joeann Beresford on February 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I really enjoyed these pictures, Lynne; they reminded me a lot of what I saw in some of the homelands in South Africa. The round houses were exactly the same and I think they called them Rondavals. Again, I am sorry I can’t send you a bit of “cool”. It is wonderful looking forward to what you will send us next.!!!! Love as always, Cec


  3. Posted by murph on February 24, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    hey girlfriend … i am sorry that it has taken me this long to connect — the laptop is finely working correctly. another adventure for you and one i’m lucky enough to be part of through your narrative and pictures. be assured you’ve been in my thoughts, good wishes and prayer.

    started my 5th week of complete bed rest slow healing process.

    love to jo and marion but save some for youself.

    take gentle care


  4. I love getting these “Lynneinafrica” messages. Enjoyed the picture of all the things piled up on the small vehicle. You are great. I feel so connected with you and Jo. Soon you will feel so at home you will have a hard time returning to St. Louis. I am sure the time is going quickly. Keep the messages coming. Love, Maryellen


  5. Posted by Therese on February 25, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I love being connected like this, Lynne. The photos and the engaging stories will last awhile. I see a book in the making. I’m sure Cec and I could help. Do you have an opportunity to tell us more about Jo and her work among the people?



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