Category Archives: Past Mission Trips

Food in Uganda – by Francis Lupai

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

Stephen Mumbere and John Paul Masanga in the Kitchen










Rolex is the mixture of fried eggs with chapatti.

Jjaja P. Cochrane having a rolex and J. Cochrane having Kikomando for lunch at the local restaurant











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.

Evet and Brenda having lunch composed of Matooke, rice and cow’s Meat.









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.

The new dress code


From our students to you – their stories!

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.



Checking the accuracy of the hand level to the automatic level, Timothy and Leonard










Perfecting Field Practices

Field reconnaissance








Survey Practicum students with Jaimee








Surveyors + ties = sharp











Stephen and Francis working together with Field Genius





Students preparing donated GNSS devices from Garmin















Uncle Mark in the field with Evette, Leonard and Silver in the back


Ride For Refuge…


Senior’s Social Gathering supported by ROTOM – in a village near Mukono, Uganda

Greetings Family & Friends.

Joan & I love to share with you a few worthy milestones with EMI this year.

  • We’ve been a part of EMI since 2002 and this still continues to build us up and connect us with great people driven toward great purposes
  • We’ve led the Uganda Survey Practicum for 5 years now and are committed to the next 5, God willing, and hopefully with new responsibilities that will include mentoring a successor
  • This will be our 5th year riding the Ride For Refuge. We’re grateful to do it once again in Grande Prairie, and hope for some warm weather October 1st.
  • Nine years ago, Joan & I made our first trip to Africa with EMI and it opened up our eyes to a whole new world; one where lives are lived out so differently than ours back home in North America.  We were helping Reach One Touch One Ministry (ROTOM) by designing facilities that would enable them to provide support for very marginalized older persons (seniors) living in Uganda.  As we’ve returned year after year and connected with ROTOM, we can attest to the great impact this indigenous ministry is having on their community, and their plans for increasing their outreach are unceasing.   In fact, as I share this with you, an EMI design team has just arrived in Mukono, Uganda to carry out Phase 2 of the design of ROTOM’s Medical Center and Hospice Care Facility.  Please help support EMI as we take to bikes in this year’s Ride For Refuge and raise funds for these great organizations we’re blessed to work with.  Proceeds for this will help cover EMI’s administration costs for providing vital design services that enable our ministry partners in:   supporting older persons in Uganda;  Youth outreach in Mexico, and mentoring Survey Engineering students in Africa.  This work we do together gives a clear signal that God loves us all, and wants dignity for us, and calls us to his own.

Thanks for riding  and supporting us in this great adventure!

Patrick & Joan Cochranedscf1841
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