Monday, July 26, 2010

interviews, babies, and more...

We have been here in Jinja for a few days now, my heart engrafted in the many stories of my new Ugandan friends. I find myself saddened as I write this, thinking about all the pain I have seen and experienced in the brief time of my stay. Pain aided with a smile and sweet hospitality. Yesterday we visited an orphanage called the "Amani Baby Cottage." This is where the Hansow's daughter Jayden was adopted from. We visited the baby room, full of rows of babies, getting ready to go to sleep. One crawled towards me saying, "mommy, daddy." I just wanted to take him home with me! Sweet babies. I find it hard to believe that their parents either passed away, or just did not want them.
Today, we interviewed Charles, one of the characters in the documentary. Charles has HIV. When Nic came to Uganda 3 months ago, Charles was in good health. Today, we found him in bed(where he's been the last 2 months) He has lost over 30 pounds and looked in very poor health. It seems that his HIV has progressed. What a change, what a difference.
We then visited Agatha's home. 7 family members sharing one small living space. No electricity. 2 small beds. It was so much fun to spend an afternoon with her. Learning Ugandan culture and hearing her story during the interview. I was so impressed with her and her family.
Now, off to bed. Another long day awaits tomorrow! Thank you for your prayers! We are healthy and safe. The production is going wonderful! Nic is in his element, capturing amazing imagery! Peace:)
Ps....I ate an entire fish tonight. Whole Tilapia caught in the Nile. It was spectacular!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 1 in Jinja

It was a 3 hour drive to Jinja down a long paved highway cascaded by beautiful fields and the local hustle and bustle characteristics of African culture. The sky is overcast and the temperature cool. Once in Jinja, we met up with the Hansow's and went to the EPOH house where the LGH seamstresses work. After eating a traditional lunch of rice, sweet potato, and meat, we begin scouting locations for Agatha's interview tomorrow. I am impressed with the Ugandan's friendly(for the most part) approach

to us mzungus. What a beautiful place!!!!!

Travel Day

Nic and i had a long layover in Amsterdam which was very interesting! I ordered the best cappacinno I have ever had and Nic ate a smoked seafood plate at 5 am. :) We found a lounge area with comfy recliners, set our alarms, and slept for 3 hours. After almost 20 hrs in an airplane, we arrived at Entembbe airport. Smooth travel!! All of our luggage waited safely for us and no worries getting through customs. Tomorrow we will drive to Jinja to begin production.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Official "Moving On" Trailer

Uganda, Africa

Tomorrow we begin our month journey to Uganda. We are so excited about the two projects that we will be working on there!!! We are flying from Norfolk, VA to JFK to Entebbe, Uganda. When we arrive, we will meet up with an amazing couple, Dave & Morgan Hansow(founders of the nonprofit "Light Gives Heat.") Nic is the director of photography on a new documentary called "Moving On," which reveals the mission and heart behind LGH!!! Check out the trailer!!!!! For the next two weeks we will be filming for this powerful story!!!! The following two weeks we will be spending time with Bishop Hannington, telling his inspirational story! WOW!!! Thank you for all your prayers. I will try and keep this blog posted with photos and updates!!!! Thank you for ALL of your prayers:)