Monthly Archives: October 2013

In Kampala – for business and rest

Saturday October 26 I left Adi to go to Arua via Aru. It was a good trip and I arrived without problems. Sunday was the long bus trip to Kampala. This time it almost took 8 and a half hours. However, I saw one elephant near the bridge at Pakwach (sorry, no photo) and baboons near Karuma. Difficult to photograph from a driving bus.

Baboons near Karuma

Baboons near Karuma

The Sunday night I had a good evening, checking emails with a quicker internet speed and a good night’s rest. Monday started in a relaxed way but then I remembered the possibility to apply for funding for the AIDS Program. It was on a site where I tried to answer questions but could not make progress as the page where I entered the address information was not changed after filling it in. Grrr. However, the deadline was…Monday 28 October. So I dared to give it another try and it worked. With all the questions to answer and the thinking it took, the whole task took until around midnight. But…the application is sent and now I am waiting.

Also on Monday (in the morning) I prepared my application form for another multiple entry visa for Uganda and Lydia, one of the office admistrators, could take it to the immigration office in Kampala. My interpol letter was still valid that day and immigration accepted it.

Yesterday was a day of rest and relaxation. I read one book and started another (an Agatha Christie which I finished this morning), had a chat with a friend who came to visit people at the office and came by at the Inn. And I participated in the afternoon celebration with chocolate cake of the birthday of one of the short-term coordinators. Overall a very quiet restfull day, that really continues today as well. In a very nice room and on the veranda (where I sit at this moment).

My room at Matoke Inn

My room at Matoke Inn

Follow-up of ‘Channels of Hope’

Friday afternoon and Saturday morning (October 11-12) we had our staff meeting of the AIDS Awareness Program. And I planned to address some of the materials of Channels of Hope during the Friday afternoon sessions. Because of circumstances (our staff member from Adja could not find a motorbike to borrow after the one that was promised to him had to be used by its owner) we started later and we continued with the materials on Saturday morning for another hour and a half.

 

Play acting the attack of the HIV on the body - great fun!

Play acting the attack of the HIV on the body – great fun!

The staff members enjoyed the teaching and were hungry for more. I plan to teach a little every time we come together for staff meetings. They freely participated in sketches, like the one that pictures the attack of HIV to the body, and asked lots of questions. Most of these were questions that people ask them when they teach about AIDS in the communities. They shared their responses and noticed that it are usually the answers the others also would have given and are the right ones to give.

 

Attention for the lessons - here about confidentiality

Attention for the lessons – here about confidentiality

Yes, our staff are hungry for more and I would like to see the ‘Channels of Hope’ facilitator’s training be organized in the DRC. I am in contact with AIDS Link, World Vision and CABSA, the three organizations that organize the training and know of trainers who could help out, and together we are exploring the possibilities of the training to take place in French!