House Hunters International – Uganda

8 Sep

Well, we arrived safely in Uganda and are starting to settle in.  Our 2 biggest logistical priorities were to find a car and find a house.  Yesterday we went house-hunting with Moses (our team leader).  It was actually really fun.  Rarely do people put signs up that a house is actually for rent, it is mostly a guess and check kind of process.  We just drove around neighborhoods asking people we passed if they knew of any houses for rent, or if we saw one that looked empty or under construction we would stop and look inside.

We looked at a number of interesting(?) houses.  The ceiling of the first house was caving in.  Several of them were duplexes (or 2-in-1 as they call them) and some of them had people already living in the boy’s quarters of the compound who would stay on even if we rented the main house.  We were hoping for a little more privacy than that.  Some had big spiders, some had big termite mounds, some had big monitor lizards.  All of the houses had at least 1 or 2 people squatting inside the empty house.

We looked at one that was really amazingly done, with a beautifully landscaped garden and car park – it looked like something out of a magazine.  It also had a whole truck load of maize (corn) pilled in the living room so we had to climb over the pile (while barefoot) to see the rest of the house.  It was literally pilled half-way to the ceiling.  There was another whole room that we couldn’t even go into because it was full of corn.   Despite the maize, this was by far the fanciest house I have ever been in in Uganda.  Though it was probably way out of our price range, it was fun to see.

We have 2 houses picked out that we really like.  One is a relatively new house, move-in-ready.  It needs to have a fence and gate put up around it, but the owner is willing to do that.  3 bedroom, 2 bath; very large rooms, big lot, already has cabinets/stove in kitchen.  It is 400,000 shillings/month (about $160).  The catch is, the parents of Moses’ wife (Christine) are currently living there while they finish building there new house.  They say that they will be out of the house by the end of the month, but that is dependent on finishing their new house.  That would mean that we would have to stay at the guest house until October.  That is sub-optimal as it is more expensive to say here and we are crammed into one room with all of our trunks and suitcases.

The other option is an old colonial home (from the 1960s, probably used by a British official).  It is in surprisingly good condition considering the age, just needs a paint job and some minor repairs to be livable (if electricity and plumbing are working which we haven’t checked).  Also 3 bedroom, 2 bath.  The master and one guest room are very large and it has a really nice back patio; kitchen only has a sink (typical for houses here).  The house is really unique and interesting looking.  The compound (fully fenced) is enormous so we could have lots of goats and things, much bigger than the other house.  There is a large detached garage with a family currently living in it.  We can’t reach the owner by phone, so we are planning on going into town today and asking around to see if we can find him.  Don’t know how much the rent is, so it may be out of our price range, but we both really love this house.

Sorry we don’t have any pictures of the houses to show you (electricity in the whole town has been out for 2 days and the phone is dead) but we will try to get some.  Please be praying as we continue to search out the right house that God has waiting for us!

8 Responses to “House Hunters International – Uganda”

  1. Erika Collins September 8, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    Definitely praying! Hope you get a house that holds all of God’s plans for you!

    • danielandrachel September 26, 2012 at 12:29 am #

      Thanks for the prayers. We found a house and will be posting pictures soon. International house hunting was fun but we’re glad it’s over for now. 🙂

  2. Kelly September 8, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    Praying! Also excited to hear details about the house hunting. You can do this – together – and with the support of family and friends – and the Holy Spirit filling your hearts.

  3. Kim September 8, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Excited for you guys! LOVE having the frequent updates and the great flushing story. The whole board is praying for you today. Love you guys

  4. Susan Spann September 8, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    I thought you were going to live next to the CLIDE office there. Was that just my imagination? I’m praying for you.

  5. Cynthia September 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Loved reading your posts and looking forward to hearing which house you chose…and pictures.

  6. Shirley P September 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Happy that you’ve found something so soon! Will pray this is the one HE wants you to have ! ❤

  7. Shirley P September 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I too loved your flushing story ….keep them coming ! Sounds like good material for a book someday!

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