Kalangala

Sundays are quite easy going here in Uganda. Many people go to church in the morning and spend the rest of the day having lunch or just being with family. So we took this time to hike up to Kalangala town, the capital of Kalangala District (and thus the ‘capital’ of the Ssese Islands) This is the most developed town on the island by far, with 2 petrol stations, a few restaurants and several markets and pharmacies.

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We actually passed through the town, walking for about 1.5 hours in total to get to the site of the future biodigester and battery charging station. (more on that later)

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All in all, it was pretty exhausting to walk such a long distance under the African sun, but it was the ideal way to get to know the town. More importantly, this is how most locals actually travel, so it felt good to build empathy with the potential users of the battery charging station.

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On Friday, we traveled to Kalangala from Entebbe on the ferry. It’s a 3.5 hour ride - it’s hard to believe that entire distance is on a lake (second largest in the world, duh)

We also managed to see some water hyacinth floating by - for those who are not aware, this will be one of the materials used to generate electricity for the battery charging station here.

In the image are the innocent and smiling faces of Lutoboka Village,Kalangala District in Central Uganda. The district consists of 84 islands surrounded by Lake Victoria. It’s also a home to over 120,000 orphans and vulnerable children as a result of the high prevalence rate of the HIV/AIDS scourge. One of the greatest challenges faced in the district is poor access to social services such as health care. Out of the 84 islands ,56 lack health centers meaning the patients have to cross from one island to another in search for proper treatment. We can only hope that the government remembers the inhabitants of these islands and extends social services to the district so as to improve their way of living. Enjoy your Sunday everyone ! #uganda #africa #black #blackskin #blacks #rural #globalnomads #ig_captures #ig_captures_city #ig_captures_people #nationalgeographic #undeveloped #offthebeatentrack #eastafrica #centralafrica #heartofafrica @bigcity_worldwide @natgeo @pearlofafrica #kids #orphans #island #kalangala #healthcare #services #aids #hiv #children #islandlife #patients #health #smile by sleimannsgram http://ift.tt/1xsp1qO

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