|P.6 Class at breaktime.|
|Playing at Home Again.|
Love Bella. (Amooti.) xx
|P.6 Class at breaktime.|
|Playing at Home Again.|
|Class photo with P.6. 85 but still missing a few!|
|Gave lollies out for my last day.|
|Playing hangman at a rainy breaktime.|
Hello! June started off as an incredible month. I went with quite a few other volunteers to the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Kampala to watch Uganda play Madagascar. In true African style (which is being late for everything) most of the fans turned up at half time! But when they did all arrive the stadium was nearly full. The atmosphere was unlike anything I have ever experienced. Every Ugandan was decked out in the Uganda Cranes football shirts (as were we!) or at least in the ugandan colours with flags, horns, trumpets and facepaint! The stadium was alive with the buzz of the trumpets (think South African world cup noise!). I had a red trumpet and was joining in all the noise. I only saw 2 Madagascar fans.
This match was also the first football match I have ever watched. I'm happy to say that Uganda won with one goal. When they scored the goal people started spraying beer and water everywhere. It was very funny. We saw all of the players get onto their bus (they do not travel in style! It was a very old battered bus) and one player tried to give me his victory T-shirt out of the bus window but i couldn't quite get close enough because all these people saw and came running and I would have certainly been trampled!
The football match was my favourite day in Uganda. I also got in the newspaper and on the TV! I bought a copy of the paper. There is a good photo in there haha.
Otherwise I have just been in the village teaching and working at the orphanage. My class are still working very hard but they never revise so forget things which is annoying. I do not think they get time to revise as they go home and have to collect water, make a fire, wash clothes and look after younger siblings. It is hard to find a solution. Some do not live near school. They have to walk so far.
Also this month has been quite overwhelming. I am used to being one of the only white people around, then suddenly all of these short-term volunteers appeared! In total I think around 48!!! I went to home again orphanage and there were so many white people I suddenly felt very shy and didn't really know what to do! I still feel a bit weird to be honest! From being 5 of us to 48 then 53 including us was a shock. And a shock to the village too! One team has moved on now so that's about 19 down and the rest are here for 2 months in total. They are nice but I have not met them all yet. They are from Duke University in America and mostly work up at Steph's school.
It feels odd saying we have been here for nearly 10 months! We watched the world cup match USA vs. Germany (in a shed. Yes. I watch it in a shed with rats in but it's fantastic!). Now that England are out I'm supporting Germany so I was very outnumbered by all the Americans but when Germany scored the goal it was good fun for me!! On a sadder note the boarding children who live outside our house killed our cat with sticks... We all got very angry at them and told the children not to talk to us and they didn't like that. So we refused to talk to them for a week then the other day they brought us a new cat. So I think they have understood their wrong doing. I hope so because it is a bit disturbing children killing animals... Jodie and Lauren are going to start teaching Ethics at their school as they clearly do not understand. I went on a rescue mission to find the dead cats kittens so they will get bigger and keep the rats away. All I ever wanted when I was a child was a cat, never got one (I hold no grudge, I really do not like cats any longer) but this year in Uganda I have managed to have 9 cats at one time or another... I actually never liked any of them and I try to remember why I wanted a cat so badly! I probably thought they were cuddly but these ones just hiss and spit at me, meow all night and get into our food cupboard!! July will be a busy month. It is my last full month in the village. Our good friend Kate who has been in Uganda for just over a year is leaving very very soon, that will make us all very sad! Then we just have a lot going on but it is good to be busy. I myself, do not have that much time left in Uganda so am trying to make the most of it. Yet we are all running out of energy a bit but we shall keep pushing till the end! I hope the sun has come out in the UK! It is the British Grand Prix next week and I am very sad to not be there but I have already saved up for my ticket for next year so I shall look forward to that!! Love Bella. Amooti. X
Hi all, I never really talk about things I do when I'm not busy running around the place volunteering so from now on I shall try to remember to tell you about my travels and weekends etc. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I was heading off for a short break to Jinja. This is how it started - We decided to leave at 8am however due to everyone being very much adjusted to "Arfican Time" we left at 8:30am. (African time is basically where time is non-existent. If you are going to meet someone at 10am you yourself may turn up at 10:20am then the other person will turn up sometime later. When we first arrived in Uganda we were always prompt but eventually we caught on to the way of life here!) We all squeezed into a salon taxi car passing our village to Kyenjojo Town where we swapped to a Matatu (the white and blue taxis) to Kampala. For once this matatu had about a half inch extra leg room than normal so the 5 hour journey was positively pleasant and there were no screaming babies. However what was rather unfortunate was this poor chicken... This alive chicken had had its legs tied together and was hanging down the outside of my window. Speed limits are also non-existent so here I was, sitting for hours staring at this upside-down chicken blowing around in the wind, sometimes it had its eyes open looking terrified and other times I thought it had died as it closed its eyes. It did survive the journey but the next thing for it was probably a Boda ride through Kampala.
|How a chicken travels in Uganda!|
We heard about this new shopping mall - Accacia Mall in Kampala with confirmation of an actual KFC! We arrived and the advertising of the KFC man was plastered across the window. I don't think I have ever seen us all smile so wide! In we went and it was a legit KFC with the big poster menus and a shopping till that the money goes in. (Haven't seen those in a long time!) We were all acting like little children excited about what to pick. It felt like we were in England. Nothing Ugandan looking about KFC. I ordered two bits of chicken, large fries, Coca-Cola and an icecream that had a chocolate flake in it!!! The fries were just heaven! I know this probably all sounds over the top about how excited we were but this kind of food has not been accessible to us all year. Even just getting the food in the little boxes was fun! We then went to explore the mall which was an experience in itself. It was all so shiney! There was a water fountain and GLASS LIFTS! We didn't need to use one but by this point we were all a bit over excited. The other girls went "ooohhhhhhhhh" as we went down a floor in the lift. It is experiences like this when I wonder with slight terror how we will cope back in the UK when we are faced with such novelties as shopping malls, escalators, then the day to day things like an oven, a fridge, a TV, hot water and constant electricity. Even carpet...
So after that excitement we went to the Jinja Taxi Stage in Kampala where the drivers started beating each other up and blocking our way into the taxi as they argued who's taxi we would go in... This happens a lot. It gets rather dull.
We arrived in Jinja and got to Nile River Camp which is without a doubt my favourite place to stay in Uganda. We settled into our room and spent the evening relaxing on the comfy sofas and watching the sunset over the River Nile. I had a delicious plate of nachos too. In total it took us 7 hours to travel to Jinja.
|A beautiful sunset over the River Nile|
We stayed at the Nile River Camp for four night so that meant three whole days there. We went swimming, read a few books etc. It was nice to just relax. On one of the evenings we went out to get a pizza, others went to get a curry then we met up at this chilled out bar called Flavours where there was a live band playing outside. The music was really good, very jazzy and fun plus it was a nice warm night so we stayed out until the band stopped. I also bumped into someone I spent New Years Eve with in Jinja so it was nice to catch up. It's always nice seeing a familiar face in Uganda! It was a really fun, relaxed night. Time went very fast in Jinja but other Project Trust volunteers kept arriving and some of them I have not seen since December. So it was cool seeing them all. On the last night we went to this amazing restaurant called The Black Lantern where I went full out and ate three courses. (and now have a much smaller bank account...) But it was so worth it! I ate baked breaded mozzarella, T-Bone steak with potato wedges and vegetables then a honey cake. I wish I ate like this more often! The journey back consisted of my friend Jess singing loudly to Justin Beiber on the radio, not just one chicken but a whole roof of chickens on the taxi, a quick stop in Kampala for a delicious chicken pie and cookie then the smallest taxi I have ever had to fit my legs in back to my project. Back to rice and veg haha! So that was my trip to Jinja. I think I should stop being so focused about the food but I get carried away... I may possibly be going down to Kabale near the end of the holiday to visit Lake Bunyoni and the volunteers down there. I am yet to decide (and I need to count up my Shillings!) That is all for now. Speak soon! Bella xxx Amooti