Written by Kate Bishop-Williams
In the second week, Vivienne and I were able to get started with the data, and we made great headway!
On Monday we had a variety of meetings that allowed us to set a finalized plan for data entry over the next number of weeks. The pace is different in Uganda, but we were very lucky to make progress in a single day. The hospital has set us up with office space to work in. We walk home through town and it is a great way to experience town and see what life here is really like.
Tuesday we began data entry. We used the binders to develop a template for data entry, collecting the variables that were important for research, but also what was important to the hospital for the records we would leave behind.
Wednesday was much like Tuesday, and we entered 4 more binders, 2 months of data records. We also met our new office mate! He is a red-tailed monkey and very friendly!
On Thursday we made our first visit to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It was lovely to see the park for the first time! It is about a 45 minute walk from the park to the hospital, and a nice way to spend a break!
Saturday, we went to the football (soccer) fields and played frisbee (disk) with many of the local children! For many kids it was the first time they had seen a frisbee, and it was fun to show them how to throw it! We played for almost an hour and a half, and even then it was hard to end the game. We are doing lots of walking, which allows us to meet many people here and see more of the town!
When we went back for dinner at the lodge, the cook at our lodge, taught us how he makes mixed vegetables here, over a small charcoal stove. It is very dark in the kitchen, and we are so impressed by what he is able to do in it! He also taught us how he makes chipatis. Chipati is a small wheat flour patty that is rolled very thin and cooked in vegetable oil. They are delicious and we had a lot of fun learning how to make them!
On Sunday morning we went to church in town. The music was vibrant and exciting and the dancing was a lot of fun! The service was in Rakiga, so we did not understand much of what was said, but the feeling in the room was alive and exciting!
We went in the afternoon to the small shops, about an hour’s walk from our lodge, to buy some souvenirs. We met many of the craftsmen in their shops, and some taught us how they make things! We met wonderful people and were impressed with the crafts. We are excited to go back! After the shops, we climbed the mountain to Silverback Lodge for supper.
We have big goals for our data entry, so we are off to start again!