Loosing track of days (it’s lovely not having internet on a regular basis) I realise already a week has flown by for my time at Eden School in Uganda.
I’m sat in a tourist hotel using their intermittent wifi , having a break this afternoon from the hard work at the school and the pretty constant walking.
I consider myself fairly fit, but let me tell you, these hills combined with the stifling heat really take it out of one! The last few days I’ve been visiting the twenty three children who had the cameras, checking on their progress, meeting family and generally having a wonderful time.
For all of the families I was the first Muzungu to have visited them and it was a real treat, enabling me to glimpse life in rural Uganda and capture some pretty special images. I was showered with gifts, ranging from gorgeous fruit to lovely hand woven pots. While they didn’t have electricity and often lived in pretty tough surroundings, the one thing that was evident throughout was that all of the people were hardworking, extremely hospitable and as you would expect rather charming people.
The children I’ve been teaching photography too really seemed to have taken to the idea of photography. They listened intently to my teaching, appearing to grasp the principle of film, flash and subject matters. I now have 23 films to develop, which will see me going into town tomorrow on a Boda Boda (motorbike taxi) to get the film processed….
I’m rather impressed that out of the 23 cameras given out only one was not present when I visited, however this morning all the children turned up with them – I’m so pleased. The kids have taken great care of them and really cherished this opportunity.