News Archive (Added 13/09/00!)
The Ugandan Bug
Report By: June Brownlee Rakai Unit
More News from Rakai - The Ugandan Bug
Although the Rakai District Scouts had arranged a full programme for us we still managed to complete our project which was to provide the local people with access to a supply of clean water.
We spent a night with a "host family".. which gave us all an insight as to how local people live. Some were taken to visit a school, others a childrens home or the meandering river that borders with Tanzania.
Stephen and Richard were presented with a Cockerel each (as an alternative to eating a meal with a family) ... needless to say these were given to local Scout groups to use in a breeding programme and may turn out to be the oldest foul in Uganda!!!
Our mini-bus driver Appollo (Vacational Tours and Travel) and security guard Sabitte were of great help to us especially when it came to buying drums to bring home - they got the price reduced from 20000 Ugandan Shillings (£6.00) to 10000UgS (£3.00)
All in all we had a wonderful time and we each have many stories to tell .. ..The Ugandan people were warm and welcoming, always had a smile and nothing was a problem to them. However, we quickly learnt that everything ran on "Ugandan Time" (2-3hrs later than planned).
Our thanks to the service team for their support and constant hard work, I'm sure there must have been one or two problems for them to deal with but if there were, they didn't show.
We are now looking forward to the next visit as we all now have the "Uganda Bug"