Wednesday, 22 October 2014

I'm Going To Uganda with Send A Cow


In approximately two weeks time I will be boarding a flight at Manchester airport and embarking on one of the most life-changing, and no doubt challenging, experiences of my life.  Even as I sit here writing this my heart is thumping as I consider all that lies ahead.

I am a big believer in things having a time and a place, and even before I started writing my blog in 2012, I always wanted to be able to work with charities, particularly in developing countries.  I think perhaps inspired by my visit to Zambia in 2006, it has long been at the back of my mind but wasn't ever something I thought could happen in the present time, especially being mummy to two young children.

My blog has opened doors and given me some truly fantastic experiences and as regular readers will know, I was shortlisted for a trip to Cambodia in March this year but didn't make the final cut.  Well, this time I did make the cut and I couldn't be more excited!

I fired off an email without a second thought in September when I saw through Mumsnet that Send A Cow were looking to send a blogger out to visit some of their projects in Uganda and to share some of the amazing work that they are doing, never truly considering the possibility I'd be selected.  As you can imagine, my jaw almost hit the floor when I had an email back to say that they wanted me to be the blogger they worked with and I'll admit I spent a good few days flitting between elation and complete terror.

It's the longest I will ever have been away from Meg and Eli but honestly, it is such a once in a lifetime experience that how could I ever turn it down?

So, now I sit here with aching arms from the many vaccinations, with the words of my nurse ringing in my ears as she stressed about everything from me falling into dirty water to getting lost at the airport (I think it must be a small village thing!) making lists and considering all the things I am going to get to experience whilst in Uganda.

For those who don't know, Send A Cow works with communities and farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, to provide them with the necessary skills and tools needed to begin the long climb out of poverty.  They began working in Uganda in 1988 and have seen amazing results, with a number of families now growing surplus food, setting up their own small businesses and being able to send their children to school and university.

PHOTO CREDIT: Send A Cow
They also work in other countries including Burundi, Kenya, Lesotho and Zambia.

It is such a privilege to be invited to travel out with the charity and I can't imagine how it will be to see the projects up close, but I know from my time in Zambia that it isn't anything you can plan for.  I hope to be able to share on Twitter and Instagram whilst I am out there (providing my husband doesn't keel over at the data charges) but if my blog suddenly goes silent in November then rest assured I will have plenty to share when I get back.

If I don't get lost in the airport that is...

11 comments:

  1. OH wow wow wow!!! That's so exciting and I can't wait to see all your pics and posts on it all :)

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  2. Louise Fairweather23 October 2014 at 21:42

    It will be such an amazing and thought provoking experience. I'm sure you will miss your lovelies like mad but what an amazing thing to tell them about. You should do a school assembly on it. Our school sponsor children in Uganda through the church and big man loves the assemblies where they talk about going out there and what it is like. x

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  3. WOW that is absolutely amazing. I am so impressed and excited for you. I look forward to reading all about it as well upon your return. That's amazing to be able to go there in person and see and help first hand. #sharefriday

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  4. Wow! Have an amazing time! My sister went over to do nursing work on an elective near Uganda and loved it. It was an unbelievably life changing experience for her and I'm sure it will be for you too :) Enjoy it!

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  5. That's exciting and will be such a contrast to our usual uk life. I had an opportunity to go with our school/church but i'm far too wimpy, haha. Keep safe & enjoy every minute.

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  6. Lisa - LeeLeeLoves24 October 2014 at 12:42

    This is amazing! Have a fab time, can't wait to see pictures. xX

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  7. Oh wow that is amazing. I can't wait to hear all about it and, if you need any cow tips before you go, I'm your girl hehe x

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  8. wow, you will have the most amazing experience

    popping in from NW bloggers for #sharefriday x

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  9. Exciting times Jess! Eeek! Looking forward to hearing all about it!

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  10. Jess - this is such a fantastic privilege, responsibility and experience. I am so pleased for you xxx

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  11. What a sensible idea. These are the sort of projects to support as we can see where the money goes.

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