Map of Uganda

Map of Uganda
The Uganda Kampala Mission includes Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan. Our assignment covers all the areas except Ethiopia.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Sometimes in Uganda it is easy to focus on living conditions and not understand and appreciate the quality of life.

Children here are happy bright and playful. Whether at church or bare-footed in the villages they find ways to enjoy themselves in everything they do.

We have found them to be quite inventive when it comes to toys. Don Allen, from our Ward in Salt Lake City, sent a box of tops which the kids love. This is "Mad Max" a little boy who lives next door to the church in Mengo. When we got here he was really wild but now he runs over to give us a hug anytime we drive up. He loves playing with the other children at family night. We love him even though he is still slightly "weird"!

Kids in the city make wire cars which they can steer with a wheel. Some of the cars can carry up to two pounds.

In the villages where there is no wire, they make them from sticks.

This boy in a refugee camp constructed this wooden scooter to haul water.

While there, we even found this aspiring musician.

Children here are taught early how to tend for the animals. We once found Ssimbwa's son in a tug-of-war with a goat...

Eventually the goat lost out!

Children work hard here to be able to go to school and are eager to learn.

Elaine spends some of our spare time giving "teaching hints"...and passing out candy where ever we go.

Kids tug at your heart strings no matter where you find them.

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"Everything must have a beginning"

"Everything must have a beginning"
Children at an orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda. There are so many children here it is incredible; there are orphans everywhere. The people take them in and it is not unusual to see families struggling with 8-10 children. We talked to a woman yesterday who has taken in twelve children. She said, "sometimes I feel sad that I cannot do more, but everything must have a beginning". We have decided to use that as our personal reminder to guide our actions here as we try to help.