The first group (Sneha, Tanya, Daniella, Clara, Ravi, and myself) arrived in Kampala late Monday night, and we were brought to Dr. Gloria’s house. Tuesday morning we woke up to a beautiful view of Lake Victoria (which we couldn’t see late at night). During the day, we took boda-bodas (motorcycle taxis) around Kampala and saw the entire city. Part of the trip included going to Casio Lodge, the highest point in town, so we could see all of the city and the lake, as well as seeing Kampala International University (KIU). Tuesday night the second group came (Olivia, Cindy, Ian, and Becca) and we all spent the night at Dr. Gloria’s. Dr. Gloria is an incredible woman, and we were all excited to stay with her and hear her stories. She was born in Georgia and moved to Illinois during the Civil Rights Movement, and later attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne. She traveled in Africa before returning to the US to receive two doctorates from UC Berkeley and teach at San Jose University. She retired to Uganda in 2001, and is currently hosting 5 children for whom she pays school fees.
The next morning, after breakfast, we stopped to exchange money and grab lunch before the one and a half hour car ride to RASD in Nkokonjeru. Nkokonjeru is a sub-county inside of the greater Mukono district which is made up of 12 small villages. Nkokonjeru means white chicken in Lugandan (one of the 37 languages in Uganda), and it is a very religious (Catholic) area. The RASD compound is very nice and very safe. The ten of us are split into 7 rooms with two indoor bathrooms, and breakfast and dinner are cooked for us by RASD employees. For lunch, we go to a restaurant in town. Both lunch a dinner tend to consist of some combination of rice, potatoes, noodles, chapatti, stew made of meat or fish, beans, matooke (mashed plantains), and squash or cassava.
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