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April 26, 2018

My name is Yiga Joshua Mulungi a proud Ugandan; from a humbled family of four children in the Wakiso district of Kampala. I was born with three siblings, but my younger brother and my youngest sister both died to untold illness before reaching the age of two. The following year, when I was only 7, my mother also died suddenly after experience headache-like symptoms for only a week’s time. I can’t remember how they looked or how their voices were, but I know they were wonderful. It was especially difficult for my surviving sister and I the following...

July 25, 2017

This trip marks my return to Uganda with Fields of Dreams Uganda. Yesterday we made the journey from Kampala to Gulu. Two years ago it was a long bumpy drive that lasted about eight hours. This year newly paved roads all the way to Gulu, instead of just part way, made the countryside even more beautiful on the only six hour journey.

June 18, 2017

It was a humble honor to be present in Uganda today. As I celebrate my 5th Father’s Day in a row away from my three sons whom I adore, I am reminded of the many sons and daughters of Uganda that have come to need means much as I need them. I was reminded once again, in the midst of our Youth Council, that my heroes and my role models are the very young people that FoDU is empowering, uplifting, and bringing dignity to their lives. Life takes many twists and turns, it never seems to be laid out in a straight line, and as I type this small note tonigh...

March 6, 2017

Time is not on our side!” That is a common phrase here in Uganda. Everything runs a little slow, and rarely, if ever, starts at the proper time, and so it seems we are always finding each and every day that time is not on our side. And as I write this blog at 1:15 am it appears as if this phrase is ringing true once again. The days spent here in Uganda tend to hold an abundance of time in some ways, and yet there never seems to be quite enough.

I just dropped off our Northern Uganda Girl Empowerment Team that I have served beside for the past n...

December 9, 2016

The majestic crested crane is the national bird of Uganda (as well as the colloquial name of the country’s national soccer team). It is an amazingly beautiful and graceful creature with penetrating blue eyes, a regal gold crown and a palpable air of confidence. Simply seeing one -- even from a distance -- makes my heart skip a beat and fills me with inspiration and hope.

While picking up some national park permits in Kampala last week, I was fortunate enough to study one of these cranes up close. The poor thing had been injured and was being treated...

July 1, 2016

"I will live as though I have a thousand daughters, even though I have none, because every girl is my daughter and when she sees me, or engages with me, she's looking to me for how to live. So I will live, I will laugh, I will speak, and I will love as though her heart and soul depend on it.”

For as long as I can remember, a piece of my heart has been dedicated to encouraging and cultivating self-esteem in girls. But over the last few years of travelling around the world doing development projects, I've come to understand that the importanc...

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