Jo Austen


Road, radio and research: thoughts from Kampala to Iganga

In central Kampala, a huge flyover is under construction. My driver, Sam, promises its completion will ease the congestion, but for today the rush hour traffic is crawling and I’ve got plenty of time to think. It feels like lots is changing here. Passing through immigration in less than thirty minutes felt like lightning pace, with an East African visa as my golden ticket. It’s designed to encourage tourism in the region, lasts three months, […]

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My favourite day so far …

By Jo Austen, Kakamega Project Manager  My favourite day so far was the Wednesday of our ‘pre-summer’ preparations week. While Matt and Ellie were visiting 5 schools in a day (!!), with the help of our slightly bemused taxi-driver friend Joseph, I headed west, towards Mumias, to visit two schools that are new to the project this summer.The day started slowly, even by East African standards. Already running a little late, I happily clambered into an almost-full matatu, which immediately pulled […]