Covid’s impact on Tourism – by Ashaba Arnold

This time around I had a long conversation with Brian Jonathan Odongo, who is the managing director at Braca Tours and Travels Limited, a local ground handling tourism business whose specialty is offering experiential, tailored Ugandan Safaris. He shared the following with me about the impact of COVID 19 on the tourism industry in Uganda….

LIFE OF A UNIVERSITY STUDENT DURING PANDEMIC – by Ashaba Arnold

I interviewed Kyalugaba Jackson about his experiences during the pandemic. Jackson is a second year student at Kyambogo University working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in technology. Kyambogo University is a public university in Uganda and is one of the eight universities awarding this degree in Uganda. It’s located in Banda Kampala and has more…

Elections during Covid 19 – by Ashaba Arnold

As Ugandans, we are looking forward to having a general election next year regardless of the Covid 19. The Uganda Electoral Commission recently came up with a roadmap on how elections shall be held. In their roadmap, they banned public rallies and said campaigns will be held via media. They named this election a “scientific election.”…

Today in Uganda – by Ashaba Arnold

My name is Ashaba Arnold. I am one of the students sponsored by OHU. There is no way I can express my gratitude for the great impact that the OHU family has put on my life. How are you doing everyone during this worldwide pandemic? I hope you are doing better. For us in Uganda, we…

Relief aid reaching the neediest

We’ve received word recently from our friend and program supporter, Fr. Francis Nsubuga. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, he has delivered relief aid to the elderly and suffering in his parish. He sent along pictures of the food delivered to one woman in his village and a young child, who suffers from…

Postponed not cancelled

In an alternate universe, our 2020 Uganda Trip Team would be arriving in Entebbe today. It’s hard to imagine how different that city and the Lwamata village would look from our last team trip in 2018. The friendships we fostered during that visit remain intact. And, our hope is to create all the same wonderful…

Reimagining School

In the U.S., each day news stories ponder how we’ll get back to school in the fall. The struggles are similar in Uganda where the president is poised to reopen schools for candidate classes. Candidate classes include all grades graduating to the next level – P7, S4, S6 and university finalists. Maintaining personal space, performing…

2018 Trip team provides aid

During our 2018 trip, drivers Elisha and Kenny performed the important duty of safely transporting our team throughout central Uganda.  Over our days together, they became fast friends and trusted allies – as they often pitched in to help with interviewing students and translating. The recent lockdowns in Uganda that prevented public transportation and tourism…

Surviving the lockdown

Lockdown extended Ugandan President Museveni has extended the May 5th countrywide lockdown another two weeks. Airports, schools, churches, businesses and public transportation remains closed.  Police and military strictly enforce the restrictions. It’s difficult to imagine the hardship this creates for our friends, students and their families in Uganda. The fear of COVID is high, but…

Gratitude from a Graduate

Recent senior secondary school graduate, Ashaba Arnold, wrote us this week to express his gratitude for the educational support that has him holding tight to his dream to attend a university and the immediate relief funds that help his family survive at this time. “Let me take this opportunity to thank One Heart Uganda for…