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GREETINGS! We are in Jinja. Yesterday, we said a sad farewell to Tororo and came here to try our hand at rafting the White Nile. We succeeded. The Nile was strong, but we had an amazing raft guide named Nolan who helped us conquer the class 5 rapids. We never flipped, even though every other raft did. YES! Owen was the only one who fell out of the boat and got swept away into the current, but we rescued him eventually. It was an amazing day (Emmy claims one of the top 20 days of her life) and watching the USA vs. England game was the perfect ending to our adventure. Harriet and Ben had to head back to Entebbe this afternoon and it was a sad goodbye. The rest of us decided to hang back in Jinja as it has been a nice change of pace from our hectic days in Tororo. We are happy with all that we were able to accomplish over the last two and a half weeks and have made a strong connection with the Africa 2000 Network.

Right now, we are sitting in bar/lounge of the Adrift River Base Camp, relaxing and waiting for the soccer games to start. We’re doing a little research, trying to finalize our plans for the next 10 days. We have gotten some advice from the staff here, and are looking forward to exploring other parts of Uganda!

Peace and Love,

The GROW Team

receiving our chickens from the asinge village as thanks for installing a new signpost and solar panel

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Today is officially our first day in Uganda, as we arrived late last night as the sun was setting. Today is also Harriet’s birthday! Harriet and I awoke this morning to Hannah and Emmy knocking on our door and stealthily slipping a flower underneath the door. We also found a card from Ben and a bunch of balloons tied on the outside. It is such a beautiful day! We have just been hanging around the Red Chili, waiting for someone from A2N to pick us up. Hannah has been in contact with the people from Tororo and they told us that the bus was on its way. We couldn’t be more excited to start working in Tororo and learning about A2N.

The bus ride should only be about 3 hours long, but everyone told us to sit in the front as it will be rather rough. We are all excited for the drive, as our observations of the city last night we’re a bit clouded by the darkness.

I hope you enjoy the pictures below! I will try to post more as our trip continues. From what we have gathered, we should have access to internet in Tororo, but we aren’t positive how reliable it is.

goofing around in london…

hannah and harriet getting really excited for uganda!!

enjoying breakfast at the red chili

happy birthday harriet!

there’s a power outage in the joburg airport but it’s no problem…

check out a video of our trip so far 🙂

(the quality isn’t that great, but i’m working on it!)

thats all.

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Africa 2000 Network – Uganda

Funders

Check back to view the complete list of funders, businesses and grants that will be making our trip possible:

- Middlebury College Academic Outreach Endowment Grant
- Middlebury College Cross-Cultural Community Service Grant
- GlobeMed GROW Grant

Contact hjudge@middlebury.edu to learn more about how you can support our project.

Destination: Tororo!