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October – Early November in a nutshell
Term III was painfully slow but went well. I had almost all of my computer lessons (yay for power actually working!) and the girls showed a refreshing enthusiasm to learn. On the eve of term III coming to a close I have ultimately decided not to teach next term.
I elected 7 girls to go to National Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) in Entebbe. They are beaming and can’t wait for camp to start. I am the activities and games coordinator, which I’m really looking forward to. The camp is possible because of donations made by friends & family of PCVs back in America – follow the GLOW blog the first week of December to read what the future female leaders of Uganda are doing daily (glowuganda2012.blogspot.com compliments of Liz).
Before Camp GLOW begins Liz & I will be holding our annual World Aids Day event in Boroboro – a 5K race and health fair. WAD is December 1st and we are busy preparing for the day. Hopefully it will be even more successful than it was least year!
My service is winding down and I find myself more restive than ever, constantly burning with village fever. I try to live in the present and occasionally remind myself, “I live in an African village, this is cool”, however, I often find myself zoning out or staring at my countdown. I have lived here for two years but get fiercely annoyed at things I have become accustomed to – shitty transport, corruption, dirty/dusty living conditions, inexcusably ignorant people, etc. It is in the final hour of my service when I should be the most motivated and spritely, however, I am irked, discouraged, and indifferent. I can’t help but admit I am disappointed in myself, nonetheless I continue to hold on by a thread. I need to go on a vacation. Luckily December 17th I ship off with my compadres for South Africa, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. My sense of adventure has been hibernating but is clawing within, ready to trounce. Once we return to Uganda my entire group will convene for our final Peace Corps gathering, our COS (close of service) conference, #%^1&@)$*3#*(7$#&, thank goodness! This is the joyous time when volunteers select their COS date. Luckily the girls and I have planned our entire COS trip so we will be busy booking flights during the conference (Turkey –> Ukraine –> India –> Thailand –> Cambodia –> Vietnam –> South Korea –> HOME). My fingers are crossed to leave late March or early April, but something tells me I’m not the only one anticipating getting the hell out of Uganda. While on the topic of leaving Uganda, some people may have noticed in international news that Uganda Parliament is “serious” about passing the kill the gays bill before the year ends. If the bill passes I will early terminate. I refuse to live in a country where people think it is ACCEPTABLE to kill someone for their sexual preference, as if it is a choice. How can people be so ignorant, close minded, and filled with odium, I am embarrassed and ashamed for them. (
Pictures to come with my next blog, which will undoubtedly be a little more upbeat as it is about THANKSGIVING!
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