BEYOND UGANDA – Bugiri, Uganda
A prayer that we had as we set off to the field camp was good enough to guarantee us a safe journey, good weather and success throughout the camp. Arriving at beyond Uganda, we were received by a group of very loving people that is Mr. Juma and his crew. This crew would then help us as we did our work at the site. There is a creek running through the property and was a crucial area to survey.it had some really deep parts and also had a few weak bridges. It harbors frogs, fish and even snakes as one team encountered one of these deadly reptiles. We had a number of people sliding and falling in the creek as they tried to take topo shots or even trying to cross from one side to the other.
On the final work day, we happened to finish work in time and had time to play with the community children and big people. We had carried with us footballs, skipping ropes, blowing bubbles and many more which we left to the church to keep on behalf of the community. Every one of us participated in playing with the community especially the children, showing love to each other like our Lord Jesus Christ wants us to. My team met a young boy called ‘Muganda’ speaking very good English with confidence at the beyond Uganda site as we worked. But we found him going to the creek to do fishing during school time, because he was chased at a government school because he could not pay development fee. He had a dream of becoming either a pilot or a policeman but he it looks like his dreams are being destructed. Once the ‘Beyond Uganda’ is completed, a number of such children will get a chance to accomplish their dreams and also allow other kids to dream.
At the end of the day, our destination was hotel continental in Iganga town where we had a heavy delicious dinner before organizing the day’s work, preparing for the following day and having comfortable nights in the hotel rooms. Mr. Konah and Mr. Juma presented to us, the background and objectives of the ‘Beyond Uganda’ project and this looks like a chance that God is giving to the people of Bugiri to meet their dreams and have hope in this world by using other people to do His works.
It was at around 9:00AM when we arrived at Amazima Site in Jinja. The hospitality, exotic buildings and at most the peace on the land could not go unnoticed. We were warmly welcomed and given guidelines to help us have a healthy stay at the site. We then headed for the site during which we admired and loved the beautiful scenery of the area. The field work was a great experience and at the same time a bit tiring but us being a strong team with a foundation built on Jesus we managed to complete the work successfully and in time, we give God all the glory and praise.
Our lunch was provided by Amazima and I must say it was so awesome, may God double their provision. People even went for double (taking more than one plate of food) like in those schools days because the food was really nice. After lunch, one of the amazima’s representatives presented to us about the background, mission and vision for amazima which surely challenged some of us on how we could make Christ known in whatever we do and how to live out his love in order to transform lives for his glory. On the return journey, people could not bear the fatigue but rather they slept and when some of us were caught sleeping in the car by Jaja Patrick we defended ourselves saying that we were praying.
On behalf of the Survey Practicum students training with Engineering Ministries International (EMI), I would like to Introduce to you our lifestyle within Uganda and Kajjansi in particular;
As students, we feed on food staffs like Kikomando, Rolex, rice, Matooke, Fried cassava, Binyebwa and cow’s meat. However much some of the food staff may be strange, this what the strange terms mean;
Kikomando is the mixture of Chapatti (fried flat bread) and Beans mixed together
Rolex is the mixture of fried eggs with chapatti.
Matooke refers to raw bananas fried of boiled and for your information it’s the traditional food in Buganda land especially in Kampala although its preference status is spreading throughout the neighboring regions of Buganda land.
Fried cassava is the solution of peeled raw cassava and hot cooking oil
Binyebwa is the solution of grinding raw groundnuts (peanuts).
Ever since we were admitted for the survey practicum, these are the food staffs we eat as students especially at Lunch time and it’s really good and sweet.
NB: As students participating in the survey practicum, we would like you to taste these foods as our trainers are doing like Jaja P. Cochrane, J. Cochrane and others.
As it’s traditionally known that Land surveyors and Civil engineers do not dress decently like other professionals do especially bankers. But as the survey practicum group with collaboration of P. Cochrane and motivation from Mark, we decided to dress up decently and attach a neck tie as part of our dressing code so that we break the law of not dressing decently like other professionals.
Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
Solome : It was one of those “voluntold” days, an inside joke, where Jaaja Patrick assigns a role through authority under the disguise of voluntary participation. Little did my team know that finishing one task early never meant getting to slack off while the rest labored away and throughout the training Jaaja Patrick has emphasized keeping busy even if it meant wiping off the equipment and this has taught us to keep busy for “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop”. But before I ramble on about all we have learnt, this day was one of those. On getting voluntold to teach a new software called Field Genius that my team had learnt before the rest, I have to admit, my heart skipped a beat for fear of messing up. But as I have come to learn in depth at the practicum, teaching does come naturally and after a sigh or two it was a smooth sail with me and my colleagues Francis and Stephen helping the rest catch up behind the scenes.
Brenda: I bless the name of GOD for Opolot Daniel who was a survey practicum student last year. Despite the fact that he was far away, he offered to help me. The field work took us three solid days with serious rain falls but Daniel was one of a kind because even if it started raining he would still stand with me so that we fulfill the day’s task. He knew that I am a student and did not have enough money to facilitate him and he still remained understanding because I had to provide his breakfast, lunch and transport which sometimes I was not able to afford. He would say “you know what just keep that money because you need it and just give me transport to take me and bring me the next morning” ooh God this is not found in every person. I thanked God because I had prayed for my final year project and the field work before and he used Daniel to answer my prayers.
Daniel was so willing to help me at no cost. His encouragement strengthened me and even on the day of presentation in the morning he called me and wished me success. I come to realize he was not doing this to me alone but to other students too.
I thank the Almighty God for the blessing of Daniel in my life and I thank the EMI fraternity because I believe he shared what he got freely to me at no cost may the good Lord bless you all.
Students preparing donated GNSS devices from Garmin