Plumeria Flowers

10 08 2012

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Bre’s Plumeria is finally blooming again!

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15 05 2013
Dave Conyers

Day Three (Sunday)
Uganda is a very spiritual place and Sunday’s are church days, some of our group ventured out to a non-denominational church for a taste of Ugandan religion, the stifling heat was noted within the building and the students enjoyed the experience.
A group of us walked to the top of a neighboring hill taking in first-hand the locals daily lives. We were all amused at the humor and graphics of the billboards and watching people on boda-boda’s carry doors, steel pipes, sometimes 3-4 people, and whatever they need to transport.
Being a rugby nut, I noticed a man standing on the street wearing a British and Irish Lions rugby jersey which had the emblems of the 4 nations embroidered on it. I approached and told him how significant, and what that shirt represents. He did not even know the meaning of the shirt
which saddened me, yet made me realize it was probably the only shirt he had, and that this shirt will carry the hearts of hundreds of millions of fanatical fans next month when that team tours Australia, an event that occurs only every twelve years.
The little local supermarket at the bottom of the hill has been bombarded by our visit, and we are all amazed at the cheapness of everything on the shelves. A bottle of beer costs 90 cents and a bag of peas less.
Sunday afternoon
On board the coaster and off to the residence of Mark Dudley the director of the KKL for a Sunday afternoon tour of his family gardens. “Wow”, what a wonderful display of native African flora and fauna surrounding the English homestead. We spent an hour wandering the hilltop plot and getting expert tuition on many of Africa’s natural beauties all under the eyes of the circling marabou stork.
Our host then led us through many small villages and poor roads, across rural poverty to a new resort called Lake Resort Serena which depicted opulence against the poor neighboring farmers. As we rounded the hill and got first glimpses of the vastness of Lake Victoria, it then impacted on us that we were in fact in real Africa.
After a voluptuous buffet meal on the balcony of this fine establishment, and the backdrop of Lake Victoria, Mark began to give us an informal talk on the history and demographics of his adopted homeland of Uganda.
He began to tell us the country attained independence back in 1962 from its protectorate, England. With a modern day population approaching 37 million, half of which are under 15 years of age made us realize the future plight of this nation as they battle with 80 % youth unemployment. Another startling statistic revealed that 65% of the population earn less than $1 per day.
For those of you that disbelieve in the perils of global warming you can travel here and see its seasons changing impact. The weather patterns and traditional seasons have been messed up, and the farmers no longer know when to plant their crops. While we are here in this country, extreme measures of cancelling school so as the children can help plant the crops has post- poned the semester until the plantings are done.
Mark told us he had lived here for the last 25 years of his life and it is through his father’s pioneering work with the Kampala Kids League (KKL) 25 years ago that he now heads up this operation. Designed to give children opportunity through the power of sport, this organization has grown exponentially and in recent years developed a section for the disabled, the main reason we are here.
From the first time meeting Mark we realized this guy is friendly, charismatic and passionate about his endeavors, all traits essential in driving this critically important NGO. Following some relative questions from the students and learning that this man does all this voluntarily inspired us to want to contribute. A long drive home through the villages that never appear to sleep completed day three of our tour.

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