In the days since the World Cup, there’s been a lot of confusion and hearsay. I heard confirmations that a bomb was deactivated in an area in southeast Kampala. Also heard unconfirmed reports of a bomb being deactivated at a petrol station. I know a lot of expats in Kampala are (understandably) worried and are trying to get out of there. Lira has been quiet, but most of us have an ear to the south and an eye on the news. My basic plan of action is to avoid Kampala until it’s time to leave, and then figure out exactly how safe Kampala and Entebbe will be.
In the meantime, things are maintaining regularity here. Still no work. Hope was actually really angry about not having funding yet, and when she found out just how soon I’d be leaving she was even more unhappy. I ended up asking around and nudged myself into possibilities. Yesterday I seconded myself to International Lifelife Fund and helped Alison with data entry. It was nice to have a longer workday with actual work and also be able to hang out with her and Ama.
ILF has a sort of two-pronged program, and I was helping the environmental department which sells fuel efficient stoves to people (the other is sanitation with wells). The stoves, called okelo kuc, are portable and use less charcoal and take less time to cook. The environmental department oversees stove distribution and do surveys. When I was in Gulu I ran into ILF doing pricing surveys, asking people in Gulu town how much they would pay for them. Yesterday, I did some data entry including information for potential vendors of stoves and a small stack of the aforementioned pricing surveys. If you want to learn more about the stoves, there’s a bit on their website.
Yesterday there was also some torrential downpour – it reminded me a lot of the occasional insta-storm back home. I ended up moving with Alison and Ama and watched a movie before Alison and I double-teamed a pasta and bruschetta (she led, I followed) before watching another movie and then I proceeded to crash there.
Today I’m probably doing some more data entry, and tomorrow I’ll be shifting to another volunteer opportunity where I’ll help a woman who is running a really small nursery school. The last half of this week is proving more beneficial than the first half of my 2 month stay in Lira. Plus, I’m always on call from Lisa for when the UNOHCHR goes into the field. Supposedly, funding will come through next week for NACWOLA, but I don’t know if I believe that or if programs will start right away. I think I’ll be bouncing back and forth for a bit – but I’m glad to be productive!