Hi friends! This is Autumn writing in for a last submission on our Uganda blog 😦
We’ve been home for about 2 weeks now, and I still have trouble realizing that I really did travel to Uganda, and I really did experience so many amazing things. The idea of travelling to Africa was always a dream of mine, and now that it has become reality– I think my brain is still in shock.
Looking back on Uganda, I cannot thank the people we worked with enough for the experience they provided us.
- Winnie, our fearless leader in Kampala, has reminded me of how rewarding it can be to take pride in your profession and to keep pushing for enhancing patient care.
- David, her husband and our driver through the crazy Kampala streets, was the first to show us the sincere kindness that Ugandans are notoriously known for.
- All of the students and staff at Makerere pharmacy school, they are all fighting an uphill battle, but they too take pride in their profession and have showcased the Ugandan resilience and will to power through any tough situation.
- Gonsha, the first drug shop owner we met, will always be remembered as someone whose determination and love for her patients has helped her build an amazing business and raport with patients in her community. I hope that her dream of opening a hospital becomes a reality!
- Janine, the angelican missionary who was our fearless leader in Masindi, is a true inspiration. She has lived in Uganda for about 10 years now, and she is a force to be reckoned with. Her community outreach projects are extensive, but every single one has had a positive feedback on the communities she reaches. Also, she was an amazing host and gave Mike and I true cultural experiences, like preparing a meal and “preparing chickens”, that I will never forget.
- Jimmy, Janine’s right hand man, is an amazing man. He is in his late 70’s and still does everything in his power to help his community. Another amazing inspiration. Everywhere you look, there was Jimmy helping someone.
- Arthur, our guide for the safari, an awesome dude. Eternally thankful for helping us to experience the beauty of the Ugandan country side and for making sure we had the best time seeing the majestic wild animals that you only read about in America.
At this point, I think I’m rambling, so I will try to summarize as best I can here. In the end, Uganda has changed so much about the way I think about the world, that I am eternally grateful. I find myself having “Africa moments” and acting or saying something that is appropriate in Africa, but not necessarily in America. I honestly don’t want these moments to end. They are my reminder that I was there, and I experienced these wild & amazing things.
It was an absolute honor to have the opportunity to travel to Uganda and I will be dreaming about the trip until I return. I hope everyone who has followed the blog is inspired to visit the amazing country and witness the magic first hand.
A last note about me, I hate the feeling of life “chapters” ending, so I refuse to think that I will never get to experience Uganda again. So in this spirit…
UNTIL NEXT TIME, UGANDA!! -Autumn
P.s. here are some pics I had from safari.