My, my, what a crazy week it's been! I arrived in Kampala, Uganda late on Wednesday, the 5th of February. The Bishop greeted me, as well as a student of LMH Veteran Diana Sherrod. After staying the night in Kampala, we drove the ~7 hours to Kabale which was an incredible drive. The scenery is amazing, and the people were incredible all along the way.
On Saturday, the 8th, we celebrated Bishop Callist's birthday. Joined by several clergy and religious, we had a great meal, great wine and even a wonderful birthday cake. A priest, Father Lucian, informed me that after eating it is time to dance; so we danced. Two young Ugandan children showed me the traditional dances of the area, and I was able to share with them the silly dances of the US. It was all such a great experience, and was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
The adjustment to daily life is difficult, and I can't help but pull my phone out every 5 seconds when I'm home to check Instagram or Facebook to then remember we don't have WiFi and cellular data isn't cheap or very fast. It's forced me to slow down and think a lot more than I thought it would.
Soon, I will begin setting up a financial system for the diocese that they need in order to track all their expenses. To do this, we need a decent internet connection and to connect some of the buildings together, which is easier said than done. I've found out that pretty much all internet connections here are over cellular, which like I said isn't cheap nor fast. The data limits are also not conducive to having multiple users on a connection.
I am going to reach out to a few internet service providers on getting a line-of-site connection, as this is what one of the schools used to have before they got on the government's fiber education network. Uganda appears to have a fairly good fiber backbone, but it's either only for government/education use or is just too expensive for most people/companies in smaller areas to afford. Hopefully we can find a solution by the end of the week, and I really hope it's not cellular. If anyone has any ideas or advice, feel free to leave a comment below!