24 August 2009

Africa Dispatch I: In Kampala safe and sound

A few years ago, one of my best friends left theatre to go save the world. She'd been working in fundraising, and, coupled with some general job dissatisfaction, she figured, "If I'm gonna be raising money, I might as well be saving babies." And so now that's what she does, more or less. She works for an amazing charity that does work all over the world. This friend, whom we'll call Sydney Bristow (and her husband will be Vaughn, but no, she doesn't work for the CIA) so I don't get her fired or anything, works in the organization's NYC office, but is currently in Africa, having gotten the chance to spend a few weeks there visiting some of the org's sites. She's been sending email updates to family and a few friends, and I asked if I could share them with the internet. Maybe it's the malaria, but she agreed.



I arrived in Kampala a few hours ago and it is beautiful
Weather in the 80s and no humidity and a great breeze
The compound includes a huge villa overlooking a valley and Lake Victoria in the distance
The office, where I am typing now, is across a courtyard from the house
Ive been warned about bananas and avocados falling from the trees in the courtyard
Tomorrow morning I am checking out the market and then going swimming in the afternoon with a nice US expat who oversees our finances She belongs to a country club

This is not at all what I expected and I am not complaining Im sure it wont be this luxurious in the smaller villages though

Love to you all

Vaughn I think I may be able to call you on Monday Please please keep your phone on you

Ill write again soon and hopefully be able to add punctuation on this crazy keyboard

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