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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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Hillside Vocational Secondary School

As we’ve reached the mid-point of the summer, we have been reflecting on our first half experiences in Hillside Vocation Secondary School, Uganda… Our school project began with a full week working in the Hillside Vocational school all together, after Norbert, the third member of our trio, had arrived. Following a massive, vibrant religious conference on Sunday 9 July, which took place at Kitagata Secondary School in collaboration with several local schools, we already felt […]


10 things I learned from being Project Manager

I’ve just arrived back in the UK after 6 weeks as Project Manager in Mbarara. I’m very sad to have left Uganda, but now that I’m back home, I’ve had a chance to reflect on some of the things I learned this summer…  1. Our model works As a Project Worker, it’s hard to get a sense of the impact of what you’re doing – you don’t know if your projects will have the intended effect or if they […]

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What do we look for in our partner schools?

Whenever we visit a potential partner school, we begin our conversation with the headteacher by explaining what EPAfrica does, how our application process works, and what we look for in a potential partner school. “We are looking for three things,” I always explain. “We are looking for a school where our investments will have impact; a school where our investments will be sustainable; and a school where our Project Workers will have a good experience.”   The […]


Graduation in Mbarara: what happens after investment?

Ellie and I got the pleasure of going to Kakiika Technical School on Monday in our roles as Project Manager (Ellie) and Coordinator of EPAfrica‘s Mbarara Summer Team.         Kakiika is a school we worked with in 2013 and 2014: our first two years with an Mbarara site. After two years of investment we still visit our partner schools annually: on Monday Head Teacher Eliazar and Deputy Head Teacher Silver gave us a tour of the […]

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Mmmmmmmbarara: food as friend or foe?

My monumental task for this blog is to discuss the extremely important issue of food. One of the great wonders: for some, food is more than just the fuel for life’s continuation, but that which brings joy to the body and mind, and unites friends together over common appetite. Perhaps I’m asking too much of food in Uganda which is better known for its carby-licious matooke (mashed steamed bananas) and posho (maize). Food can tell […]