So, I’ve had myself a nice, internal pep talk. I was starting to lag as I anticipated my last 4 weeks here in Africa. I went through a few phases. Apathy: “Eh, I’ve done what I can. I’ll just coast these last 4 weeks.” Frustration: “I wish I could do about 1000 more things. I haven’t done a thing to get the WPIO farther along than when I started two months ago.” Anger: “I hate this continent! I want a washing machine, hot water and a toilet that I can actually sit on!”
Now, just an hour or so after a private chat with myself, I am renewed, reinvigorated and aghast: I have only FOUR weeks left in Africa! Don’t blow this, Jules. How often will you have this kind of chance to work with such fascinating people, influence real social change AND have lived in an entirely foreign land? I am so grateful that these last 4 weeks will be packed with work, adventure and learning. I am headed to the Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria this weekend for yet another perspective on this mighty continent. In two weeks, I will head to southwestern Uganda with Freddy and Pascal. We will meet and work with the pygmy tribes there to learn more about them (the documentary–finally!) and to help them access basic civic rights. After accomplishing this task, I will head to Murchison Falls, where I will get to fulfill a life-long dream: I will see African elephants, up close and personal, in their natural habitat. I expect to have an emotional experience that cannot, as of yet, be described.
Being in Africa is a true windfall. Not everyone gets to do this. Not everyone who does do this appreciates it. I do not want to leave here with any regrets. These last 4 weeks are crucial and ripe with possibility. So, indifference, annoyance and exasperation, be damned. Like the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) House that I am helping to construct for the WPIO, I have built a solid foundation for myself, these last 8 weeks, and will build something even stronger on it my final month here.
Posted By Juliet Hutchings
Posted Jul 24th, 2008