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A message from Megan – an email installment

February 15, 2013

We are receiving regular text updates from Megan – I haven’t got the knowledge to get them into a blog!

A bit of background – there is only one internet connection where Megan is – (at the end of the post there are details on where Megan is –  copied this from Wikipedia!) and access is restricted -that must be bliss!

Megan and Sophie who she is travelling with, have to type very quickly – you will see how quickly – and we get a whole raft of news which is brilliant!  I have edited a bit – but not everything!

‘serious teaching’ has started, serious meaning it’s so laid back it’s horizontal. Lessons are meant to start at 7:40am but i found myself waiting outside until 8:10am while the classroom was being swept, i am happy to say it was not my class as my class would be on time! i am yet to start teaching currently sitting in english lessons and being a kind of assistant/dictionary for the teachers. Really enjoying it and can’t wait to get started properly!!

Sophie has started going to the health centre full time and i do find myself feeling a bit lonely because we’ve been in each others pockets for so long now! She is yet to see a birth but has done full on you know where examinations.. if that’s not experience i don’t know what is!?

On friday the 8th we had our first Kisiki assembly it is held under what they call the Big Green Tent which is a massive tree on the school field, the whole school sits down and the teachers are all sat at the front on chairs, we count as teachers! Also in the Big Green Tent a hell of a lot of fruit bats had decided it should be their new home, it was pretty risky. We had to stand up and be introduced to the whole school, very daunting but we seemed to be welcomed! That night was also the first night sophie and i went into the town of namutumba alone! We had an extremely successful shop and we are getting to know some of the local shop keepers now! We also ate our first ever Ugandan avocado, they are massssivvvee! And so so sos os osooo tasty!

On the 9th we did all our washing and completely degutted our house, including sweeping the carpet with the amazing brush it’s like sticks tied together (but so effective!) we also mopped all the floors and our washing skills are immense! WHO NEEDS MACHINES! (i joke.) We got taught how to make chapatis buy our neighbour Rachael she also went on to cook us supper!

On the 10th (sunday) we had a very lazy day, as we had done all the housework on saturday we did literally nothing all day. Ate more avocados, ate mango, made more chapatis… slept… that was it really… haha!

On the 11th it was the first day of schoool! Sophie and i sat in Annet’s english class it was our first experience of an Ugandan lesson, very different. We also came up with the idea of introducing the reading challenge to Kisiki college. The reading challenge is a programme we have at home to help increase confidence in young readers, we have written up a basic plan now and the school are going to start a pilot run soon!! We cooked for our neighbours aswell preparing pork and carrot, sweet potato and normal chips for them! They had never had carrot chips and they really enjoyed them!!

We also had our first experience with frogs in the shower! Now it is normal!

Yesterday, Soph went to the health centre and i spent time with Rita in her class and also annet’s i have also started helping to mark work, like a proper teacher! I feel very professional! Made some good friends in the staff room, one teacher se-enjoee (sounds something like that) has given me and sophie 3 tasks, we have to use a pit latrine, wear a gomas (traditional ugandan clothing – google it) and wash in a basin… will be very interesting. Also it was pancake day so we made lots of pancakes for everyone!! And Rachael and Annet prepared supper which was a huge fish and potatoes and fresh passion fruit, pineapple and watermelon juice! Very tasty.

Today i sat in a class with james the deputy head, i helped a blind boy to do his work, which was extremely hard work because he struggled to understand what i was saying, that seems to be a problem even though we have got used to talking veeerrryy slowly and clearly! I also helped annet who is doing a university course alongside teaching type up some coursework because she was sooo impressed with how fast we can type! Tomorrow i haven’t got much planned though i will probably be sitting in more classes and i hope to find out what class i’ll be teaching!

Namutumba, Uganda

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Namutumba, Uganda is located in Uganda


Location in Uganda

Coordinates: 00°50′06″N 33°41′06″E
Country Flag of Uganda.svg Uganda
Region Eastern Uganda
Sub-region Busoga sub-region
District Namutumba District
 • Mayor
Elevation 3,540 ft (1,080 m)
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 10,600

Namutumba is a town in Eastern Uganda. It is the main municipal, administrative and commercial centre of Namutumba District. The district is named after the town.
Namutumba is located approximately 88 kilometres (55 mi), by road, northeast of Jinja, the largest city in the sub-region.[1] This location is approximately 43 kilometres (27 mi), by road, northeast of Iganga, the closest large town.[2] The town of Busembatya, about 13.5 kilometres (8.4 mi),[3] to the southwest of Namutumba, is the closest neighboring trading center and has the nearest Post Office. However, Busembatya is located in Iganga District. To the northeast of Namutumba is Tirinyi, another small town on the main IgangaMbale Road. It is part of Pallisa Districtand has the nearest bank. The coordinates of Namutumba are:00 50 06N, 33 41 06E (Latitude:0.8350; Longitude:33.6850).


The town of Namutumba is situated on the major highway between Iganga and Mbale, on the Tirinyi Bridge Road which is locally known as theTirinyi – Mbale Road. Namutumba is a sister city to the town of Ross-on-Wye, in HerefordshireEnglandUnited Kingdom.There is a public library at Nsinze subcounty headquarter set up by Mpolyabigere RC RICED Center., a local charity that also conducts HIV/AIDS counselling and testing outreaches to distant villages.


The 2002 national census estimated the population of Namutumba at approximately 8,300. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the town’s population at about 10,300.[4] In 2011, UBOS estimated the population of Namutumba at about 10,600.[5]


The landmarks within the town limits or close to the edges of the town include:

  • The headquarters of Namutumba District Administration
  • The offices of Namutumba Town Council
  • Kisiki College
  • Namutumba Central Market
  • The IgangaMbale Road – The road, which goes through the middle of town, cuts town the travel time between the two towns by at least two (2) hours.

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