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From Fr. Morrow's Newsletter, Christmas 2007

A Small Picture History of my Trip to Uganda

Fr. Morrow said:

I took so many many pictures in my latest trip to Uganda that I couldn't possibly show them all here. I had a lot of difficult deciding what to show you, and have left out many that I would have like to put in, but I hope you enjoy what we have managed to put together.

Planning Meeting
Washing facilities

The Picture on the left was taken whilst we were planning the itinery of my visit, and right is a picture of myself with the Pro-Life Committee who were doing the planning.

The staple diet in Uganda seems to be bananas (left) - of which they grow four kinds. One of them when boiled acts as their equivalent of mashed potatoes. They also grow other crops notably maize as you can see in the picture on the right.

Hygiene, as we know, is very important, but I wonder how many of my readers would like to use the bathing facilities pictured left?
Right is a pineapple field. This is another crop, and a very valuable one.

Pro-Life Committee
Pineapple crop

Water is not so much scarce as difficult to collect and keep. There is a shortage of reservoirs.

Water Collection
Water Project
Drying Fish

In the picture (right) a woman is getting water from a muddy stream. A more efficient collection of water (left) is in a tank, which channels the rain from the adapted hut roof. A thin metal 'hat' is put over the roof and the water runs off into the tank.
Various water projects are under construction or in place, with funding coming from all sorts of different places.
Right is a splendid waterfall on the Nile river, near Lake Albert. On the shores of the lake people dry fish so that they can take it to market and sell it.

They are very resourceful people. The people of Wobulenzi wanted a church and so they built one themselves, bit by bit. First they built the walls and then they put in a floor, and a roof. They have so far managed to get a front door and some of the windows but only poor furnishings. Eventually they will get a sanctuary and the inside walls plastered, but the important thing is that now they can have Mass there.

The babboon (left) was sitting at the side of the road enjoying what was probably someone else's apple.
On the right you can see just one of the many dances and celebrations that the people of Uganda put on for me.

Water from the stream
Waterfall on Nile
Wobulenzi Church
Dancing as a welcome
Twins arrive

Children are still considered a blessing in Uganda and twins are a double blessing. This, not so little, family lives in one of the huts in the village, pictured below. Despite their poverty they welcome the twins with open arms.

village of the twins

Interestingly, the tabernacle at the Foyer de Charite of Murro (right) is shaped like a traditional cottage.

Foyer de Charite

Father Aloysius Mugisa, the chaplain of the Foyer de Charite, took me to meet Bishop Deogratias of Hoima. (right) Please note that the Foyer has a motor cycle but no motor car although welcoming up to 60 retreatants and staff. Instead Fr. Aloysius gets provisions by telephone and hails a taxi-minibus to ferry the goods to Murro.

Bishop Deogratsius

The Foyer de Charite puts on regular six-day retreats. This is a picture of myself with the people who run it. Unfortunately I did not have time to stay there for six days, but I enjoyed their hospitality several time during my stay in Uganda.
The music and local language were pleasing to hear and the people very devout.

Bishop Deogratsius

Bishop Deogratias has invited me to come back for the month of June to preach around his huge diocese
One of the schools in his diocese, St. Andrews, has a mission statement which I'm sure you will all appreciate

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