Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Here is a brief clip from my life in Uganda...

When leaving the construction site for the day, Tom and I had these beautiful children to escort us!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I have spent a total of 11 months in Uganda... 11 months in the past two years... two years and 11 days to be exact. Two years and 11 days ago I arrived in Uganda for the first time. Two years and 10 days ago, I saw St. Kizito Primary School for the very first time. Two years and 10 days ago, the founding ideas of BULA were ignited by the sight of that structure.

Now, here I am, looking for my third flight to Uganda. I can't say that when I flew out of JFK, November 1, 2006, I predicted that I would make a third trip to the same village just over two years later to a new school built by my community and theirs...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Thanks to the hard work of Andie and all those contributing their favorite recipes, we now have another great cookbook to offer. The shipment of this second edition arrived last week! We are so excited about it. As we stacked all 38 boxes into the garage, I thought about the same large shipment from last year and how those stacks have entirely disappeared. We sold over 1100 cookbooks! That's a lot cookbooks...

Cookbook parties are scheduled in Camp Hill, PA and in Blue Point, NY so check our web site for the details!

Friday, November 7, 2008

On Tuesday evening, while watching this significant and historic moment for both the US and the world, I was truly moved. As I watched the faces of those present during the acceptance speech, I began to draw on what I imagined would be the faces I have seen in my travels when they heard the news. I shuddered as the President Elect called to the world listening in and as he spoke to "those who are huddled around radios in those forgotten corners of the world."

Images of the children, of our workers, and of the many friends made were conjured up and I saw them, as I saw them every day in Uganda, huddled around radios to hear news of the world. I could picture their excitement and glee over this day. The next day's text and email messages confirmed this as my Ugandan friends sent me congratulatory and rejoiceful greetings.

The whole world has their eyes on us, looking to us with admiration and hope and with renewed faith in our country. In one evening, everything changed.

Sunday, November 2, 2008



We have lots of them! Our garage is now full of so many textbooks thanks to the generosity of the Elementary schools of Sachem School District.

I can't wait to see them put to good use over in Uganda!