Reporting from Uganda – Part Two

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 13th, 2015


Westmont Women's Basketball on the banks of the Nile

Westmont Women’s Basketball on the banks of the Nile

By Karlie Storkson

Day five was exciting because we were off to a new place! Our seven hour bus ride started off with the seniors grilling our Ugandan guide and all-around helper from Sports Outreach Institute (SOI), Sam (or ‘Swag-ticious Sam’ as his colleagues call him because he gets to hang out with the Americans on these types of trips). We learned some about the tribe system and that dating culture is different in Uganda. The ride progressed with some singing, bracelet making and deep conversations.

We also stopped and saw the Nile River on our long drive! It was breathtaking and we took millions of pictures.

When we were about 30 minutes away from our first stop in Gulu, our radiator broke down. We were stuck chilling on the side of the road. But we made the most of that time playing with some kids and sharing our reflections on the trip so far. Another bus came to the rescue and we then went to SOI’s farm.

The farm is used to show community members farming skills. There is also a house there for girls in the communities nearby who have been raped or forced into marriages. We were greeted by those girls and the other members who work at the farm and had a time of interaction with the girls and staff.

We headed to our new hotel and our second meal of the day at 9:00 p.m. and then headed off for showers and bed. We’re off again today to run some basketball clinics in the nearby villages.