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October 11, 2010

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Filed under: Peace Corps,Uganda — Jeff @ 12:54 pm

This is a bit delayed . . .

2 OCT 2010

Ah what a great day! Yesterday I packed my swimming suit, a couple of books, and an extra change of clothes before heading to the training center. I got about halfway there before realizing I’d forgotten my beer/lunch money. I turned around abruptly and then arrived a few minutes late to find everyone all abuzz with excitement.

Soon the country director arrived and we were ready to start. We piled into the lecture hall and just before the announcements began someone switched on the lion king theme from their iPod in the back of the room. With much fanfare, each trainee stood as her name was called and then proceeded to the front of the room where he received a paper with scant information. Drums and applause drowned out the program managers as they announced the particular organizations and work to be done. We quickly gathered around maps to find where our assignments are to be located. I will be traveling to a village to the west of Mbarara in Sheema District where I will be helping a SACCO to develop the entrepreneurial and financial skills of their members. I think it will be very much the microbusiness consulting gig that I had expected. My home will have both tap water and electricity from the grid yet is located in a village about 16 kilometers from the nearest post office and trading center. I am 40 kilometers from any of my fellow trainees. 🙁

After tea, I left the group and eventually traveled up to the rec center. I swam in the pool, talked to some of the locals, took a nap, and read a few chapters of Dreams from My Father. My fellow trainees began arriving at around 5PM. We played a bit of trivia after checking into the hotel and then danced until we could no longer stand.

That was a good day.

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