Month: October 2014

Road trip Mbale

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One thing i have learnt about having kids is one has to plan, plan and plan some more. Getting out of the house takes twice or thrice the time you would ordinarily take. So you can understand why i started my trip to Mbale two days earlier. I love road trips even if i sleep most of the time. I cant help it, its like the car is rocking me like a baby while singing me a lullaby.  To my surprise , i dint have even one wink of sleep during my four hour trip to Mbale.  It helps that i slept over in jinja, halfway my journey.

Fast forward, to the last two hours of travel Mbale . I have seen many beautiful places in this world but Mbale is most definitely among my top ten. The city has some sort home coming feeling. Like your glad you came . As we travelled 100km per hr, i kept trying to take photos of the towns we were going through. That didnt go so well, and i promised my self to keep stopping at the towns on my way back.

We got into town just in time to book a hotel and head off for our first meeting with Mr. Patrick Nabutala, who was able to  show us the societies we were going to work with. This meeting was a warm welcome to Mbale.

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The next day we set off early to our first society Bukhaweka GCS . We didn’t know our destination so our journey involved lots of stop overs to ask for directions and reverse gears to undo our getting lost. But we finally made it and we were received by the chairman and treasurer of the society. We headed out to a coffee garden  and were introduced to a beautiful lady who was the owner.  We held a series of interviews about the planting of coffee, cultivation, maintenance and harvesting coffee. We arrived when she had already harvested and was in the drying process. We then headed to the society office, were they gave us a run through about how things operate when coffee gets to the society. Finally we met an enthusiastic farmer who had an even bigger plantation. Most of his trees were quite old ,planted in the 1950s to the 1970s. His explanation were more detailed and you could tell he was quit passionate about the coffee but also being able to share his knowledge

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After the society hosted us for a drink or two, we rushed off to the Bugisu Cooperative Union where some one was waiting to take us around the factory. I must say the coffee process leaves no room for mistakes. The gentleman took us through the process from when the societies brings their produce(dried coffee) to when it is exported.I loved the smell of coffee, the numbers of people weighing coffee, sorting and pricing. It gives one a boost of adrenaline (that exciting feeling of being part of a big activity) .In my next article i will describe the whole process of coffee growing . So stay tuned for these messages.

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Uganda Museum

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Friday 3rd October was the day i planned to work with my GLAM partner in share your knowledge. The Uganda Museum is a very busy place on Fridays. As one school walks out, in comes another one. From primary schools, secondary schools to patriotic clubs, the place is swamped with different uniforms. Am impressed, i thought it was going to be a dead town(the kind you see in old western movies).

I was the first one to arrive on the scene and i as i waited for my colleagues , i went ahead and registered for the national ID. Yes!, national ID’s have just recently been introduced in my lovely country. And yes, i have put off registering for it till the last minute but am done finally. Right after i finished registering everyone surfaced and we started our event.

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We started by helping the Uganda museum staff open accounts  on Wikipedia and get a fast lesson on how to edit on Wikipedia. We were dealing with fast learners , so that dint take long. We went on to edit the Uganda Museum page and expand it. We did this by assigning every one a section to work on , update or create. People worked on the various sections in their sand box and later uploaded it to the page. We also added an image of the Uganda Museum but ran out of time to upload the existing gallerias.

We still have a lot of work to do , to make this a great page. So watch this space.