Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Leb Ngec by Ben


Life has been flying by since we’ve been back in Uganda. Here are a couple of pictures of a recent hunting trip I took with some CPA colleagues. We stayed in tents, deep in the bush, in a place called Leb Ngec (the monitor lizard’s tongue). The entire experience was more natural than I knew this world could be. My sister in law, Erin, told me that people can store memories more permanently when they try to isolate each sense and get their full benefit. As I explored my surroundings with my eyes, hears, hands, and nose, the atmosphere came alive.

(Philip and I, trying to look like hunters)
It was a time of incredible bonding. We stomped through the tall grass for hours on both days until we were exhausted. I learned how to hunt different animals and live off of wild fruits when meat wasn’t available. We all related freely-I only wish that my Luo was better.

(Ben and Robert-as the sun goes down and the fire comes up)

(The landowner's cute son)

Work is going really well. I have been coordinating a baseline survey for the EU project, as well as orienting our new Psychosocial Programme Officers to the re-implementation of the project I have been working on for the past two years.

Holly has been traveling a lot recently. She has been co-facilitating and monitoring trainings of community mediators for the Steps Towards Reconciliation project funded by MCC.

2 comments:

Josh said...

Hey Ben and Holly !
Cool hunting trip Bro. I can imagine you living off the African land. You must really like hunting, you have a lot of stories about it.
Hope you guys are able to have some good relaxing time together, and soaking it all up. Time flies !
Erin, Elisabeth, and I are learning quickly and doing really well. We love and miss you guys.
Josh

Anonymous said...

Dear Holly,

I'm doing a masters in Development studies at the LSE and Tim Allen is my tutor. I'm looking to do my dissertation on returning FAPs, bringing in my experience from my former life as a child protection solicitor.

I am going to Uganda next week, and I would love to have the chance to pick your brains.

Rather than clutter up your blog, do you think you could email me on petermarsden@ talk21.com ?

It would be great to hear from you.

Kind regards
Peter Marsden