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Lomoruchubae from Above

8 Mar
The view from above

The view from above

Just wanted to share this picture with you.  A friend took a picture of the village where we live from the hill behind us.  It’s like village “Where’s Waldo?”

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The Lolly Pups Are Here!

25 Oct

The Lolly Pups Are Here!

About a year ago we brought home the cutest little fluff-ball of a dog. Daniel had picked her out while doing a rotation at a veterinary clinic in Kampala with students from the vet school. He’d managed to save her little leg (she’d had some kind of run-in with another pup at the house), but he did lose two toes so the breeder didn’t want to keep her.

Enter Lolly Two-Toes.

She’s a great little pup but she’s very confusing to the people here in Soroti, most of whom have not seen a dog quite like Lolly, except on TV. She lives outside with Chumlee but sometimes while Daniel is gone I let her sneak onto the couch with me. She’s just too cute.

We’ve had requests for Lolly Pups since we brought her home so I was excited when we decided to breed her (although that process what a bit traumatic…have you guys SEEN that?!). Dogs’ gestation is only 60 days so about 12 days ago little Lolly had her pups.

We did start with 4 (there was another brown one) but that one didn’t make it. RIP little pupper (which, here, unfortunately means Rest in Pit-Latrine).

They are cute little things but I can’t wait till their eyes open and they start running around. If they are even half as cute at Lolly was we have OVERWHELMING levels of cuteness headed our way.

We won’t be keeping any of these pups because I need a puppy around here like I need a hole in my head BUT we’ll keep one from the next litter.

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Chummy Boy

25 Oct

Chummy Boy

This is our dog, Chumlee. I LOVE this dog.

He was the runt of his litter (14 puppies!) and he was a sickly little thing when we brought him home but he’s grown into the best dog EVER. He loves a good tennis ball and a scratch on the head and most of the time he’s just flopped out in the yard somewhere (or chasing the cat, Little Bill). He is a bit of a scaredy-dog so he barks more when the power is out (and the outside lights don’t work) and he HATES cows but those things just make him more endearing to me.

I don’t think I’ve posted any pictures of him on here since he was a little guy so I thought I would post an update. (Also, he might get jealous after my next post…pictures of our new little puppies!!).

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Book Report: Dead Aid

23 Aug

Today I finished reading “Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How there is a Better Way for Africa” by Dambisa Moyo, a Zambian economist.  The book deals with high-level aid which is coming from Western governments, the IMF, and the World Bank (not necessarily the aid and development work being done by individual charities/non-profits and development organizations).  Her point boils down to the fact that Western governments have poured huge quantities of money (something like US$1 trillion into Sub-Saharan over the last 50 years) without much to show for it and ultimately a lot of these countries are in worse shape because of it.

There are a lot of reasons why we have not seen much development come out of the grants and loans given to developing countries, but you will just have to read the book to find out why and what she proposes is done to fix the problem.  It is a pretty quick read, less than 200 pages, but it is written from an economic standpoint so not always the most entertaining material.

I think that one major issue that she does not address in the book though is that when you just dump big sums of money to fix problems without addressing the underlying worldview of the people, that is when you don’t see long-lasting change.  Of course we believe that this changed understanding of the world only comes from an understanding of the Creator of our world.  To really bring about development, you must uncover the assets the community and help them to identify the resources needed to address their own problems.  This takes time, energy and man-power on the ground, not just dumping money into broken government systems.

Books I am reading now:

  • “Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles” by Richard Dowden
  • “The Poor Will Be Glad: Joining the Revolution to Lift the World Out of Poverty” by Peter Greer and Phil Smith