Juliet Hutchings

Juliet Hutchings (World Peasants and Indigenous Organization - WPIO): Juliet’s passion for telling stories through film and video took her to the NGO Veronica’s Story, and then to Ethiopia where she documented how the international community is working to eradicate the AIDS virus and help orphans find safe, healthy homes. She worked on several documentaries during her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University in Boston. Juliet has also made an historical film about how children perceived the Communist regime in 1950s Central Europe, in Prague, Czech Republic. She has also made a short film about the nonprofit organization HIPS, Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive. At the time of her fellowship, Juliet was in her final year of an MFA program in film & electronic media at American University in Washington, DC. After her fellowship, Juliet wrote: “There are always benefits to these community connections: time and again, no matter who I talk with about my experiences in Africa, I hear the refrain, “It’s people like you who are helping people like me, one at a time, to understand what the world is like, and that there is a group out there (the pygmies) who are in deep danger and need assistance.”



Settling In

06 Jun

5 full days have passed since I landed in Kampala. After reading through my fellow fellows’ blogs, I must concur: I feel like a baby girl, able, at least, to walk and gesture, but totally unfamiliar with my surroundings–their dangers, their prosperities, their loves, and their losses. I am a Muzungu or a Buzungu (white person, pronounced “Muh-zoong-goo”), depending on whom you ask, and every child, from 0 to 18 hollers out “Bye, Muzungu! Bye!” Somehow they lost the “Hi” part, and simply dismiss me, with glee, whenever they see me! Of course, when I reply with a “Hello!” they continue on with the conversation, asking me in a lilting, Ugandan accent, “How ah-re yew?” The babies always snatch my attention the most quickly, with their squat little bodies topped by adorable, squishy, round faces. In less than one week, I have re-discovered my strength, as I battled a urinary tract infection on my first night (I thank my foresight for getting a prescription of ciprofloxacin), road a “boda boda,” or motor bike taxi, for the first time and, while dismounting, got a first degree burn on my right calf, and got a cold that won’t quit! However, this has only reminded me that people, everywhere, are amazingly kind. My wound has brought more people to my office door, just to check up on me, than I could have ever expected. As I adjust to my very new, very different surroundings, I am reminded how very similar we all are. I know that I will fall in love with this place.

Posted By Juliet Hutchings

Posted Jun 6th, 2008

6 Comments

  • Gail Green

    June 10, 2008

     

    Well, it would have been boring to just arrive … I guess. Cause a UTI, Burn, and a Cold all make things so much more dramatic! So sorry, but glad you can just keep on keepin’ on regardless. Thank you for sharing your experiences so we stay-at-homes can keep up. While the people and the work are very important, I’d sure enjoy hearing a bit about the wildlife, from insects to birds to ..whatever! Also flora. I’m an armchair traveler for sure.

  • Linda Dunphy

    June 10, 2008

     

    Juliet,

    Great work! Thank you for keeping me posted on what you’ve been doing.

    I passed along your info to my new niece, Stacy Kosko, who has also done amazing work with the Advocacy Project.

    Hope to see you once you’re stateside!

    Linda D.

  • Loren

    June 10, 2008

     

    Juliet,

    You are awesome. I’m so impressed and full of admiration!

    Somehow, those couple of years ago, I just knew that you were destined for greatness (did I tell you?). These things you’re doing are great, make a world of difference, and add so much to your own and the lives of those you help.

    Bravo; proud of you, my friend.

    Loren

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