OK, I guess the dry season has officially begun. It's 11 pm and weather.com says it's currently 24 degrees in Kampala. The mid-day heat is stifling, though the breeze does help to make it just barely bearable. The strangest part is that the Ugandans haven't shed their sweaters and shawls with the recent rise in the mercury -- not sure how they don't just evaporate! My kids won't stop pestering me to take them to the pool and if I could do it with a clear conscience, I think we would be there everyday!! But alas! To state the overused cliche, "So much to do, so little time!"
I can't remember if I've talked about my little chips and salsa business which I started with intention of handing over to my two part-time house helpers when I return to Canada. Well, so far it is going very well and recently I was able to source local canning jars which had been a real roadblock on the salsa end of things. Now I just have to figure out how to build or buy a solar oven so that we can bake the chips without relying on my gas stove. My little kitchen just isn't large enough to accommodate both salsa AND chip-making. And if I want the project to be sustainable after I leave, we are going to have to make sure that production can continue with the limited resources available to my two helpers.
I've registered the kids in Heritage International School's enrichment program which is basically a fancy way of saying extra-curricular activities. The boys and Mara are doing soccer and I'm helping to coach Mara's team; there was no team for Brooke's age division so I agreed to let her enrol in Tae Kwan Doe. She loves it and looks so cute in her uniform. I've really gotta take a photo of her in it and post it here. Her "hiya"s are impressive! One day, she will be a force to be reckoned with
The girls have also joined the choir; their teacher seems really passionate about music and I'm excited that the girls have the chance to be a part of that intensity. Both of them always exit the music room with big grins after each practice.
The homeschool co-op begins next Friday and I will be teaching African Geography again this term. It's always a good excuse to get to the pool and gives the kids a chance to learn from some other "teachers".
Tomorrow is a national holiday -- NRM (President Museveni's political party) Day. Hmmm. Would that fly in Canada? I doubt it! Here's a news article I found online.
Denis Mukasa Mbidde, the Vice Chairperson of the Uganda Young Democrats told journalists at the party’s weekly press briefing in Kampala today that since Uganda adopted multi party politics, the NRM day is no longer a day for all Ugandans.
He says it is illegal and improper for the NRM government to use public funds to mark a day which is for one political party, the ruling NRM. Mbidde says the NRM day is not shared by any other political party, but the current NRM party.
He says the NRM day should be scarped from the list of public holidays in Uganda and instead left to the NRM to celebrate it as a party day using NRM party resources.
Mbidde says the government must urgently address this anomaly in order to avoid imposing the NRM day on Ugandans. He says the DP will challenge the constitutionality of the NRM day (usually referred to as Liberation day) as a public holiday in Uganda.
But NRM Spokesperson Mary Karoro Okurut says the NRM day or Liberation day is legal and was designated as a national public holiday for all Ugandans when the country was still under the movement system of government. She says changing to multi party politics does not mean the importance of the liberation day stopped.