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Village Life

Typical Ugandan style "commerical" buildings. You still see quite a few mud homes and buildings, but the trend has been to build with brick. The blue doors mark the front of our compound.

You have seen pictures of the kids the students, but I am not sure we have shown you much of the village. Nyamarwa is a small town located in the western region of Uganda in the district of Kibaale. Without running water, electricity or phone communication (other than mobile phones) Nymarwa is your typical small African village.

As mzungus we are located in a compound of stark concrete walls which serve as barriers to the outside world. Most of our time is spent in the village with the kids the students and the locals that you find roaming the streets…however there are many days that we find ourselves stuck within the walls of the compound working at whatever task is at hand. The three of us (now two, sorry Mel) would at times look at each other and say, “I need some kid time” or “I need some village time” – more times than not words weren’t even necessary.

We are starting to learn a little Runyoro which is the local district language. There are over 81 districts in Uganda with just about as many languages. To hear a white man greet and ask about one’s family in their local tongue brings instant credibility and respect.

Ugandan fast food; chipote, egg and a Fanta for about a buck

That is village life – not too exciting but rewarding. Via Skype we were able to give Jenni and Heath a tour of the village as we are fortunate enough to have wireless internet. For a small fee you too can share in the experience of living in Africa.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.                –  Philippians 4:12-13

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  1. Melanie
    December 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    i do love the updates, but it makes me continually miss that place…and y’all…and chipate

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