Over the previous two weeks I’ve written about my travels in East Africa final 12 months and what poverty in Africa is absolutely like and shared the views of people I work with on the bottom. Within the final thread I wrote concerning the folks in Ruhanga and the seek for clear water.
Leaving Ruhanga behind I headed to Kampala the capital metropolis of Uganda and I mirrored on a statistic, I had learn in that days’ paper it stated “the hole between the wealthy and the poor has widened in Uganda and life expectancy has dropped to 43 resulting from HIV and AIDS Christine Reidhead.
If that’s the case the place is the nation headed I puzzled and being 43 myself (on the time) which means I’m thought of very previous right here while the UK the place I reside I doubtlessly have one other 30 or 40 years of life forward of me!
As soon as in Kampala I referred to as in on the Mbuya Charity who’re based mostly within the slums of Kampala and help girls affected by HIV and AIDS.
Mbuya is a suburb of Kampala and on the face of it’s fairly prosperous, it’s residence to some within the expat neighborhood, native celebrities as effectively the wealthy of Uganda. However dig deep and also you come throughout appalling slums particularly with an space known as zone 6.
The Chair particular person of Mbuya charity Jolly Wako lives in zone 7 this too has pockets of slums particularly the place Jolly lives extremely her home borders a classy bar is separated by a fence sarcastically referred to as Zone 7, this bar belongs to a neighborhood movie star and his brothers.
Jolly’s husband died in a motor accident and he or she has needed to deliver up their youngsters single handily and towards all odds 2 have made it to College and he or she expects the third to comply with go well with. I got here throughout this charity by an internet registry calling itself Uganda Ladies’s community. Because it was not attainable for me to go to in particular person an organization consultant went to examine them out and reassured me that this can be a group that we might work with
I’m due to this fact right here to satisfy the group for the very first time and find out about their work, hopes and fears, successes and challenges. When arrive Jolly is at residence alone and explains that this being a Wednesday it’s a day for outreach work and as such a lot of the girls are out within the subject.