Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The New Definition of LIRA

I have to apologize for not blogging sooner. Internet has been sketchy and even now I can't access it from my room, but rather am sitting in the dark in the lobby of our hotel to write this, as it is closer to the modem. It was hit and miss in Kampala, where we've been for the last couple of nights. It all seems like such a blur.
I probably wrote this already (am tired) but after about 26 hours we made it to Uganda. We got to our hotel about 5:30 am local time on Sunday, slept for about 1.5 hours and then up again. After a nice breakfast (the hotel is very nice) we went wandering. We came upon a market of sorts to buy some things, but then some of us went to a Mosque - climbed up into the dome in order to get great views and photos.
We spent the whole day yesterday at UCA (Uganda Cooperative Alliance), which is kind of like our Credit Union Central in Canada. We worked on tools to be utilized in the field and met our field staff that would be travelling with us. We did the same today from 8:30 - 1:00, had lunch and then hit the road. Craig and I went up to the town of LIRA - hence my title for this post. I have been thinking of LIRA as being a Locked-In Retirement Account for 20+ years, but now it is seen as the town I will basically be inhabiting over the next 10 days. We will be visiting one SACCO tomorrow and working 830-500 each day until Friday. It took us 5 hours to get here today and we left around 330, so got here in the dark. The travel is not much short of death-defying.....the WHOLE way had many many trucks, cars, and boda-bodas (motorcycles) vying for road space. Then there are the people that are NON-STOP walking along the sides of the road as well. Many are carrying water, some are coming home from school or work.
OK, so Craig and I had supper and worked on our notes for tomorrow, so will be ready and excited to greet our first SACCO. I really enjoyed the roadtrip, but can't help but think that as we drive down the road and see all that we see, that I feel I will be leaving Uganda with more questions rather that have any life questions answered. It sure looks different here than in the Lion King movie. I DID however, get a couple of great shots of tonight's sunset. :-)
I must sleep now - no air conditioning, but have a fan (when the power works...has gone out a few times already) and I also have a mosquito net, so all should be good.
Today's thought as you start your day - Be thankful for being able to go and buy whatever food you like.
Good night....

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