June 2014 - Linnet Griffith-Jones continues her journal about life in Kaabong, five months into her internship with AWARE Uganda - Safe World Field Partner in Karamoja, north-east Uganda.
While dry on the day of my arrival, it is obvious the rains had arrived. Kaabong is greener and people seem busy.
During the dry season, the town was still full - but of people who seemed to have little to do. Now the rains have arrived there is much more activity: people are hoeing, Lydia's greens and sweetcorn plants are growing wonderfully and everyone seems a great deal happier.
Although, that doesn't mean life is problem-free. When the rains come, so does more food and a few more opportunities for work - which is a good thing; the problems come from the extra money which is often spent on booze, which leads to violence, which is of course no bueno!
I am back to making soap again. Third time's the charm I hope - please keep your fingers crossed! There will of course be more updates on this gripping aspect of my life as they come up.
I was also really glad to see that my jewellery-making women were still working hard but down to meeting once a week; now there is planting and harvesting to attend to. I sat down with half the group to discuss progress and challenges.
The main problem is selling the finished products. We came up with a two-pronged attack: firstly, I have bought some jewellery from them to give as a sample to a connection I made in Kampala (see, going out and partying does have its uses!). And then we (or rather they) are going to spread by word of mouth around Kaabong that our beads are for sale, and have nominated a member of the team to be in charge of sales which will take place at AWARE Uganda.
Oh - on a side note, the drivers of the AWARE tractor brought a hedgehog they'd found in the garden, for me to see. Of course I decided to call it Mrs Tiggy-winkle.
I had no idea that you got hedgehogs out here - learning something new every day! They just left it for me curled up in a ball outside the office.
It was a fun distraction to wait for her to poke her nose out (although I should have been working,) but then she callously legged it when I wasn't looking. Apparently, hedgehogs are a food source here - so I was glad mine disappeared; so even if it becomes a meal in the end, at least I won't know who is responsible!
Linnet Griffith-Jones is a graduate in Politics from Lancaster University and has an MSc in International Politics from Trinity College, Dublin.
From January to July 2014, Linnet was interning with AWARE Uganda, based in Kaabong.