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Simon Mears

Simon Mears

Leicester, United Kingdom

Uganda - working holiday

I probably have one or two too many photos in here from Uganda. I only went at th every last minute, and i suppose it goes to show that the old adage, ‘one door closes, another one opens’ remains true. I was made redundant in the middle of May, the result of, amongst other things, my government killing my profession. However, no worries, it took my four days to get another position, better paid, and there i am at the minute. I did have a restiction though, i was on 3 months garden leave.. what to do wasn’t a problem as my friend Peter was finalising plans for a trip to Iganga, Uganda.

Peter is an Environmental Health Officer here in the UK and he and others have set up a charity ‘Daventry Friends of Iganga’ by which mainly people in that line of work pay for a holiday, but a working holiday, to paint, dig, clean etc in the local orphanage, medical centre and blind school, all of which have been financially assisted by the organisation. I got myself on this trip, having my jabs far too late to be properly effective in some cases, and it was a fantastic experience, working and travelling around for three weeks.

The other charity that was very much a co-sponsor of the trip was Water For Kids (www.waterforkids.co.uk) whose aim was to isolate, protect and provide sustainable water sources for local children, centred around the local schools. Whilst there we reckon we protected 3 new sources, building the concrete basin, protecting the source, from scratch, with great local government and village help, providing a clean water source for over 3000 children.

Since both the charities provided me with a great insight into a place where i would never have visited had they not offered me the opportunity, not to mention some wonderful photographic opportunities, i feel i should just let you redbubblers know about the work of these two organisations, along with the fabulous work of many NGO’s and charities in Africa.

As for the photos, i had hardly arrived before my trusty camera. a Fuji s9500, locked into ‘auto’ mode, which kind of spoiled my fun a little. But i used a large part of my redundancy payment to buy a Nikon D80 which i’m playing with now.

By the way, does anyone know how to fix a Fuji Finepix cheaply.. its a shame, it’s just sitting there. If there was an easy way of sorting it..

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