Thursday, July 29, 2010

Gulu University Field Trip

I have officially started my job and...I LOVE IT!!! Last Saturday we took the girls from the Total Impact House on a field trip to Gulu University. Our tour guide, Nelson, gave us a wonderful tour of the campus and told the girls about all the different areas of study offered at the school. We had an amazing time and ended the day drinking sodas and discussing our dreams for the future!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Apwoyo Matek!

Ever since the RH team left, I have been helping the Tabers watch their 3 amazing girls: Toby, Tristin, and Timory. During this transition period, Tracy and I thought that we would try to embrace the culture and become Acholi.

Step 1: Riding a Boda (side saddle): Check
Step 2: Balancing a jerrycan full of water on my head: Still haven't mastered this quite yet
Step 3: Learning Luo: Auntie Susan from Purse of Hope quizzes me every time I greet her but I still find myself saying "APWOYO" or "Rabbit" instead of "apwoyo" or "thank you"
Step 4: Trying to wash our clothes by hand in basins. Easier said than done! Word to the wise...before should work on their upper body strength. Tracy and I took our 2 big bags of dirty clothes over to the 31 Bits compound to do laundry. After an hour and a half of scrubbing and washing and scrubbing and washing...we had only done 1/3 of laundry and we are pretty sure that the clothes were more dirty than before. However, we were a huge source of entertainment for the ladies.
Now all I have to do is kill a chicken and I am officially Acholi!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kids of the Future!

I know it has been a while since I last blogged but...I am officially on the ground in Uganda! The team from Rock Harbor left a few days ago to head back to the states, after an AMAZING 2 week missions trip. (For more information on what we did visit:

I don't officially start my job until the end of July but I have already been over to the house and met all the girls from Purse of Hope! Words can not even express how excited I am for this wonderful opportunity. I am so blessed to be able to work with the these bright, caring, and motivated girls. (Plus I love that they call me "Auntie!!!") Just yesterday we took them on a field trip to tour Gulu University in hopes of inspiring them to work hard in school. All of the girls are incredibly talented and have aspirations, hopes, and dreams for their futures. Our mission is just to provide them with the tools to make those dreams a reality. Look out Gulu because here come the next lawyers, journalists, nurses and teachers!