Posts in community engagement
Changing Lives - One Camera at a Time

When I came up with this initiative, I had no idea how it would turn out – 2 years later and 2 trainings done, I know I am on to something good.

As a past producer in the film and television industry, I first went to Uganda in 2007 to do a documentary about the exile my family and I experienced under dictator Idi Amin in 1972.  I knew I wanted to change the plight of girls in Uganda, but I just did not know what it was at the time.

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The Bahai House of Worship In Kampala

On our first day of touring Kampala (exhausted and jet-lagged but excited to be in Uganda) we headed off to see the sites. My grandfather helped build the temple in the 50's I believe and there once stood a plaque commemorating his donation but unfortunately it was destroyed long ago.

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Beating The Drum Has A Different Meaning in Uganda

One of the most enjoyable things for me in Uganda is watching people dance, sing and beat the drum.  It is fascinating to watch as their hips gyrate to the music and their hands beat the various drums. 

Drums are used for dance but they are also used for ceremonies, rituals, healing and of course worship.

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Bringing Your Taste Buds Alive With The Fruits in Uganda

Growing up in Canada I would dream of the stories my parents would tell me about the fruits they had in Uganda; mangoes that were double the size we get here and tastier as they come straight from the tree, passion fruit, dragon fruit, oranges that look like limes but are super sweet and more.

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Boda Boda in Uganda

What's a Boda Boda? It's a motorcycle built for one, however in Uganda it can carry everything you can imagine; equipment, groceries, bananas and people and sometimes all at the same time. It's the craziest thing I ever saw and with the traffic I was so afraid the motorcycles would topple in front of our car.

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The Children I Fell In Love With In Uganda

No matter where we went on my tour of Uganda, we were greeted by beautiful smiling children. They were always smiling, laughing and in some cases mischievous, which made the encounter that much more fun.

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My Meeting With Two Masai In Uganda

On our way from stopping to take the obligatory photo at the Equator sign to Lake Mburo, we came upon two Masai brothers walking towards Kenya- some 400 miles away.

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Why Community Engagement Is Important When You Travel

Many times you will see amazing and beautiful photos of wild animals and landscapes on social media that your friends or family might have taken on their trips to Africa, however how many times do you see photos of them engaging with the local communities?

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My Very First Dance Lesson In Uganda

My friend Maylynn Quan started this initiative a few years ago. The local kids and her had collected 8000 plastic bottles and built this amazing brick bottle hut, so that Yusuf (otherwise known as Byks) and Josephine, who live and work the land along with their children can teach music and dance to the local kids.

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