Posts Tagged ‘Uganda’

Introducing ’60 at 60′

60 at 60

A year after her last journey to Africa, Lynne has joined several other friends and formed a new effort to build a maternity clinic in Gulu for the Acholi people.

Lynne turned 60 years young in 2011, and she started asking herself what she could do that would affect others’ lives in this time of economic and political volatility and uncertainty.  Her mind and heart roamed, as they often do, to Africa and the Acholi people there.  She did a little researching and discovered that for just $60,000, the Sisters of St. Joseph in Gulu could build a brand new maternity clinic to provide rest, care and education for expecting and current mothers as well as their children.  Lynne discussed it with her friends Susan Kohl and Frank Haase, who were also turning 60 in 2011.  Together they agreed that there was a nice ring to $60,000 at 60 years of age, and they decided to use the coming year to raise the money for the clinic.  Thus, 60 at 60 was born.

Click on over to 60 at 60 to follow their journey and join their efforts!

Advertisements

#28 – I’m coming home!

From Lynne:

One thing I have not motioned: we have all been sick…in some cases sicker than we had ever been.  It turns out three of us had bugs and recovered in a couple of days, but of course, JoAnn, show-off that she is, has Typhoid Fever!  So, needless to say, we are not hanging around with her anymore!  🙂  She is recovering well.  The last three days we have walked into town and taken bota-botas home.

Love to all who have read and commented here. I have not kept up with the questions, but appreciate each of them. Hopefully the additional photos will compensate. It has been a wonderful trip, and I am grateful for the opportunity and for my gracious and generous hosts, the Sisters of St. Joseph.  Thanks especially to Kyle Kratky, who is the production manager for this blog, and to the staff and board of Doorways, who told me everything was going great whenever I called.

Tomorrow I come home to the states.  I will take a jeep ride to Entebbe, where I will fly to London then Chicago and on to St. Louis, and then I’m home again.

#27 – Life in Gulu: meals, ants and the circle of life

From Lynne:

Electricity is a luxury, here, and we eat many meals by candlelight.

place setting around table in Uganda

One of our many electricity-free meals!

The landscape is dotted with huge anthills up to 6 feet high and equally as wide.

giant anthill

A huge anthill!

At a certain time of the year they are invaded by people who like to eat them. We notice that their wings have gone from about a half an inch since we got her to a couple of inches long.

A cemetary adjoining our yard holds the remains of many of the medical workers who cared for people during the 2003 Ebola outbreak, when the case-fatality rate rose to an all-time high of 90%.

cemetery yard in Gulu

#23 – Life in Uganda: baby Sonja and more

From Lynne:

Baby Sonja and Lynne

This is baby Sonja. She is 7 months old and usually rides in a wrap on her mom’s back. It is common to see African women with a baby, two or three little kids and a very large load on her head. Population is a huge issue here.

Esther and Sonja together

Sonja in a sling on Esther's (her mother's) back

This was an agrarian society before all the conflict. Families grew large, took care of their land, which was passed generation to generation, and were self-sufficient. Now many people have been in the camps for safety, and when they return, others have taken up residence on the land.  Having a title or deed is completely unknown, and government officials are not knowledgeable.

busy times in Kamapala

Busy times in Kampala, the capitol of Uganda

There is no industry for jobs, and so few are used to working for someone else. This contributes to the aimlessness many experience.

Asleep on the job

Asleep on the job.

A lot of people have guns here – big ones.  The man above is a private security employee who couldn’t stay awake on the job.

#22 – Our last day of work

From Lynne:

It was a lot of work, but Jim (my brother-in-law) and I recently wrapped up our part of the crude labor for the construction here with the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Jim and Lynne, covered in dust

Covered in dust!

Lynne Cooper sweaty and workingOn our last day at work, Jim and I gave co-workers gifts of various tools and clothing we had brought from home, as well as a snack of boiled eggs and cipati (a fried flat bread) to go with their tea. They loved the gifts!

workers posing together

All the lovely people who have been building with us

It also happened that they caught a bush rat that day and cooked it.

three workers cooking a bush ratJim has, by now, returned to the states, and I’m here for another week until I fly back on Monday, March 8.

#21 – Mudslide in Uganda

There has been a serious mudslide in far eastern Uganda.  The mudslide has taken place near the border of Uganda and Kenya at Mt. Elgon in the Bududa district.  This is roughly 180 miles from where Lynne currently resides, so she is fine.

Ugandan mudslide location v. Gulu - 180 miles apartCaused by heavy rains, some think the mudslides were exacerbated by farmers who stripped the land of many trees and vegetation.

There is not much aid for people living in there, so please keep the people in your thoughts and prayers.

#19 – Goin’ to the chapel

From Lynne:

Going down the road the other day we were surprised by a wedding party heading toward the cathedral!

The procession for an Acholi wedding marching down the road

A beautiful bride leads the procession of an Acholi weddingStylin!