Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hello, all you readers! Welcome again to this blog. This is Molly this week, happy to greet you and prepared to share our greatness.
The Lugazi team is rocking it this summer! I just love us. Everywhere we turn there’s a new success to marvel at: teacher trainings, elderly groups, business trainings, HIV/AIDS lessons, adobe stoves, mushroom houses, gardens… we are on Fire with a capital F.
One of our greatest successes thus far, in my biased opinion, is the triumph we’ve had with our Eye Camp. We started out feeling rather limited about the whole affair; limited funds, limited resources, limited patience… but we’ve had some recent good fortune which we are shamelessly taking credit for! First and foremost on the list of happy Eye Camp moments: we’ve got enough funding for a freaking stellar camp! Our friends at Sightsavers International came through for us at the last minute and hooked us up with some monetary goodness! They have helped us with so much and made things possible that we never imagined we could do. I won’t go into details about the moments after the first Sightsavers meeting, but suffice it to say that there was some jumping and squealing involved. Masculine squealing. Anyway, our camp is going to be magnificent! We’re planning surgeries and screenings at three separate hospitals throughout the area—all with barely-pronounceable names, so I won’t even type them out. They’re spread far enough that we’ll be able to help a broad variety of people from all over this region of Uganda! YAY! So with the greatly appreciated assistance of Deseret Int. Foundation, Sightsaver Int’l and local partners like The Youth Outreach Mission and Buikwe Village Care, we’re orchestrating the best Eye Camp we can manage. I can’t wait to start seeing people see!
Along with our brilliance at projects, there are always the unique Africa-related tales we’ve accumulated throughout these eight long weeks on the other side of the world. We’ve got some crazy-cool safari stories, we’ve got splendid tales of tropical island adventures, we’ve got epic sagas involving bungee jumping (Guess who is one of the two who went? That’s right, yours truly! BAM!) and whitewater rafting… our escapades amaze me. Not to mention the hysterical day-to-day situations we find ourselves in. Every day is such an adventure! Boda-boda rides, rainstorms that feel like they’re drowning you, parasites, giant spiders, people calling us heavy and telling us we have sideburns… it’s like Jumanji. Only better. What’s better than a Robin Williams jungle movie from the mid-nineties? OUR LIVES!
I think I’m out of time. I hope this is a sufficiently informative blog post, O Reader, though it is short. I apologize for the lack of photos. I am technologically inept; I take all blame for the dullness of today’s post.  Keep your eyes out for more from us!
“So, from all of us [in Lugazi] to all of you out there, wherever you are: remember- the light at the end of the tunnel may be you. Goodnight!!”

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