I have been fortunate enough to be on a two week secondment with CTF in Uganda Africa. This is my sixth visit to Africa and first to Uganda. I am working with a partner who is very knowledgeable on many countries of Africa and has spent a lifetime working in various capacities on the continent. Our purpose is in mobilizing communities to harness the skills and knowledge that exists in their people while building capacity in their primary schools. Needless to say, I am learning far more than I am able to share from my Canadian perspective. Here is a list of lessons I have gathered while in Uganda.
The first lessons is on creative thinking and ingenuity. There was not a day that passed that I did not sit back and watch innovation and thinking outside of the box at its best. The following photos will help show you the brilliance and creativity of the people of Uganda.
The second lesson that was instilled in me was gratitude. One only has to see places in the world where not everyone lives in an equitable way or has the daily necessities of life to understand just how fortunate Canadians are. The following photos will depict some of the scenarios I came upon during my visit.
The third and probably most profound lesson I experienced, was that happiness is a state of mind that is dependent on how you live life and not what you have. As Sheryl Crow’s song chorus goes, “It is not having what you want, it is wanting what you got”.