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Internet Issues

Good morning ISEE friends.

We have no report to share from Andrew this week as he is still struggling to find a way to connect to internet after Mr. Museveni shut down all internet prior to the general election (which he won). Internet is back up but apparently not accessible to everyone yet.

The country has remained relatively calm post-election which is a relief.

A few updates to share from the brief spurts of contact we have had…

Geoffrey has finally been able to acquire wood and will start burning his bricks this week.

Maria’s pigs were sick but the vet gave them some medicine and they are fine once again.

Jennifer has a job working in a professional kitchen so she is happy to have modern tools to use.

Betty’s tailoring school is slowly beginning to pick up.

Catherine’s chickens have started laying again.

Prossy’s pigs are doing well. They sold one pig who hadn’t become pregnant and used the money to pay Katie’s school fees.

Prossy – piggies

Florence left for the village to avoid any conflict from the election but has returned home. She left her children in the village with her sister. Salon work has slowed so she is selling flavoured ice as she waits for business to pick up.

Florence – hair salon

Aidah has continued her chip business as usual. She closed for a half day for the elections but that was all.

Aidah – chips

Rashida is doing well and has exended her charcoal business. She has taken over the space next to her stall and is selling the charcoal from there.

Rashida – tea, food stall and now charcoal

Rovence is still waiting for power to have cold drinks but she is continuing to cook as per usual.

Rovence – restaurant

Just a few tidbits but better than nothing!

Hope your 2021 has started well. Thank you for your continued interest and support of ISEE’s work.

In friendship,

Erika 🙂

Merry Christmas!

Dearest friends of ISEE.

Merry Christmas to you all. While Christmas may be completely different for you this year, I hope you find peace and happiness in the day and holiday season. It has been a tumultuous year but for ISEE, we have been overwhelmed by your generosity. The people we serve in Uganda have not been forgotten and for that, we are eternally grateful.

I have posted all of the hamper photos for you to see the smiling faces of the mamas and families receiving your generosity. Andrew has reported laughter, tears, and shouts of joy. For some of the families, this has provided them with something to eat; one Mama reported that she only had a few sweet potatoes to serve her family. What a difference you have made.

After all his hard work, we have asked Andrew to take a break and rest between Christmas and the New Year. He has traveled north to visit his mother and has taken Andy, our driver extraordinaire, along for company.

I cannot express enough my gratitude for your belief in the work we do. It has been difficult not being able to travel and see our Ugandan family but we are lucky to know that Andrew carries on our work tirelessly and that you continue to believe in and support all our projects. Maybe 2021 will allow us to come together and sew again, maybe we will be able to travel overseas and start the presentations and expand our Mama project. We always continue to hope.

All the best in 2021. Stay healthy and as I saw online, “stay positive, test negative.” Webale nnyo to you all.

In friendship,

Erika