I recently returned from a trip to Northern Uganda, in part to participate in the launch of TCON’s 2012 Agriculture Initiatives. I documented the event of our first distribution in Odek Subcounty in the previous post on our blog. In summary, we believe our strategic partnership with tens of thousands of Acholi widows will help promote food security for this region. By empowering these marginalized women with better resources to farm, we are putting Ugandan’s in the lead role to determine their future. As we claim, we are fighting poverty and cultivating hope. But there is another lesson I learned in Odek that I believe is worth exploring: the moments when nothing can be done.

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There is no escaping the reminders of the quickly approaching holiday celebrations. From the five emails I awake to every morning debriefing me on the number of hours remaining to get that perfect deal at the clothing store I most often frequent, to the Christmas jingles playing in every restaurant and the Facebook indicators that 39 people have posted something about Christmas each day — the season is clearly upon us. (more…)

Its been nearly a month now since I’ve returned from my first trip to Uganda.  It takes some time to process what you see when you visit any foreign country, and this country particularly highlighted that rule.  No doubt, there are practical questions we were asking as an organization: What is the status of our projects on the ground?  How are the widows that we support progressing?  What things will we do differently to improve our impact?  But when you dig deeper into the challenges facing a particular context, there often emerges one resonating theme that still rings in your heart long after you leave.  For me, that feature was simple:  To be a woman in Uganda is to lead a life that will face constant inequity, challenges, and lack of opportunity, simply because of your gender. (more…)