Thursday, December 18, 2008

Working in Uganda

I am currently working in Uganda as a volunteer consultant for TechnoServe ( an American NGO offering business consulting services to entrepreneurs in developing countries. The organisations mission statement is

“to help entrepreneurial men and women in poor rural areas of the developing world to build businesses that create income, opportunity and economic growth for their families, their communities and their countries”.

I moved to Kampala, Uganda on 14.October this year to start my work and have so far had an amazing time in this beautiful country in the middle of Africa. “Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa”, Winston Churchill wrote in 1907 visiting Uganda for the first time. And indeed it is – blessed with abundant water resources (Lake Victoria, the Nile and Lake Albert) the country is green and fertile throughout the year. The country is boxed in by some of the most amazing mountains in East Africa – Mt Elgon in the east, the mighty Rwenzori’s in the west and the Virunga mountains to the south. These unique geographical features truly gives the feeling of being in the “middle” of Africa, cut of from the more outward-oriented countries like Kenya and Tanzania.

In this blog I will share some of my experiences and some pictures from Uganda and hopefully the wider East Africa.

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