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school supplies

We have now done all the school supply shopping in both countries. (You can read more about this here). We gave the individuals and the school the amounts we budgeted to spend and it was up to them what to purchase. It was interesting to see what was purchased. In Kenya they purchased uniforms and books. The school in Kenya bought books. And in Uganda they bought the mandatory school supplies and are keeping them in storage at the workshop to be distributed as needed ongoing. Love how much thought and care went into each decision. Here is the final list of what was purchased.... 20 boxes of pens 48 counter books26 dozen small workbooks 30 math sets30 dozen pencils...

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World of hellos

I write this as we travel from Gulu to Entebbe. The drive is several hours long and takes us through miles and miles of bush with a couple of huts scattered here and there. Everywhere along the road though is people walking. Riding bikes. Pushing bikes as they're loaded up like a trailer. Carrying the yellow jerry cans of water you see everywhere. On boda bodas. Cows. Goats. When we cross the Nile river there are always baboons and monkeys along the road there. Every once in a while we pass a town. Shops and stalls selling everything and anything. People gathered under the shade of a tree. On a stoop of a store. At a homestead. And after these...

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Uganda celebration

Tonight was a big celebration!! All week the artisans have been busy finishing my order so I could take it home with me. Tonight they finished and we partied! Around 5pm, their kids started to come in the workshop. Each child came in and would start working with their parent without being asked or complaining. The kids expertly beaded and giggled as the last pieces were completed. Finally it was time! The music was playing and the kids all loved the soda and everyone loved the meat on a stick (goat meat). Then ketty provided a special cake she had ordered - the kids literally licked the plate clean! It's always so impressive to see how everyone shares and there's no...

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Food

One of the questions I get asked the most when I travel is what we eat. If you know me well, you know I'm no foodie. I have a kid approved taste for good. I mean I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich at a restaurant in Uganda! I know what I like and stick to it. My husband Mark will try anything. Here he wrote a bit about what we've been eating.... Eleven days in and we've just experienced our first case of GI upset...not too shabby. To be fair, we have tempted fate by sampling several traditional Kenyan and Ugandan dishes, all while our bodies have been attempting to adjust to travelling in four different countries, journeying countless miles,...

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School shopping

Before we came on this trip, we looked into what the greatest needs were for children. Books and school supplies we were told. My girls are avid readers and so decided this is what they would fundraise towards. We decided to collect financial donations instead of bringing items so we could purchase in Africa ensuring we bought exactly what was needed and were supporting African businesses. People were so generous with their donations. From a child's baggie of coins to large donations each one was amazing to receive. Each night at dinner I'd update the girls on what had come in and any goals we had were soon surpassed. On the day we set aside to shop for the books and...

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