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Villages Connected has landed… sort of! by Greg Spira
June 5, 2011, 4:58 am
Filed under: Project Updates, VC Team | Tags: , , , ,
  • Welcome to Africa! Morning in Nairobi, Kenya

42 hours of travel.  42 hours of anticipation.  42 hours of waiting to hit the ground running!

    Ernie - ready to hit the ground!

    The Villages Connected team – after traveling from both Cameroon and Canada – landed in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.  We were met at the airport by Isaac, Villages Connected’s newest team member – our smiling logistician and driver – who met us with smiles and great patience.

    Isaac and de Villiers

    Greg and Caroline

    We all needed patience. Amazingly the passengers and luggage from Cameroon arrived tired but triumphant. They and their bags had made it… alas, their Canadian colleagues somehow managed to jump slightly ahead of their bags at London’s Heathrow airport.

    So wait we had to – wait for bags to meander their way across continents.   After only a day’s delay they made it.

    We spent the days wandering Kampala’s commercial centre in search of key bits and pieces of training material and equipment.  It was a fun and vibrant atmosphere made even more eye-and-ear catching by Ugandans revving up for an epic confrontation between their national football squad and that of Guinea Bissau.

    So, amidst the honking of vuvuzellas (the horns made famous during last years’ World Cup in South Africa) we shopped for bottled water, a printer and printer ink, surge protectors, lens filter, flip chart paper, markers, tape, and a variety of bits and pieces.

    The last minute little bits that make projects happen on the ground.

    Kampala - a shopping paradise

    We continued as long as we could, but jet lagged dropped some of us sooner than others!

    So today we will move one step closer to the launch of Villages Connected’s first media co-op.  Today Isaac will drive us to Fort Portal!

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    2 Comments so far
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    Sounds exciting!! Looking forward to hearing more 🙂

    Comment by julia1313

    We’re walking your walk with you as you share your unique experiences. Thanks for keeping in touch with your Canadian links.
    Mom Spira

    Comment by Art Spira




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