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Relating and Negotiating with our Kobulubulu PartnerslhelenagraceKRMA leadership group: Judith, Proscovia, Lindsey(USPartners), Lois, Beatrice, and MonicaLois, Pres. of USPartners holding hands in solidarity with Beatrice, Chair of KRMA

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:43:20 +0000

I had only met with these women for a couple of hours a year ago. Long before the first conversation with them via our future project liaison Anne had occurred. Now we would find out if our cumbersome communications were truly on the same wave length. First task: meet with their chosen executive committee, a […]

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Singing, Drumming and Dance Welcome Us to KobulubululhelenagraceUlulations and waving flagsKRMA women dancingSongs of WelcomeThe First of Many Gifts, Our GoatsLindsey, left, and Lois, right

Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:09:43 +0000

Before we could see anything in the beams of our van’s headlights, we heard the women ululating in magnificent high trills which I cannot duplicate despite my best efforts.  Then there, right in front of us, the unembodied white flags waving in the darkness, and finally our vehicle’s high beams shone on women, dancing and […]

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Greetings from Kampala, Ugandalhelenagrace

Sat, 03 Aug 2013 08:43:18 +0000

I am sitting at an internet cafe in Kampala.  Lindsey, my colleague, and I have returned to running water, electricity, and clean clothes!  I cannot write but a few words because the computer at the internet cafe requires more work than my brain can entertain just now.  We are safe. We are healthy. And we […]

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Please Meet A Very Special U.S. PartnerlhelenagraceLindsey Holaday

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 13:46:55 +0000

When I left Uganda last year, I had the glimmer of an idea about wanting to support the women farmers of Kobulubulu. But one thing I knew for sure: I am not a loner. I do my best work when it is not just a solo effort, but a collaborative one.  And this enterprise, most […]

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Kobulubulu Here We Come!lhelenagraceCassava in cultivation in Democratic Republic ...Traditional welcome ritual of water poured over handsAnne Abago and sister Veronica EraguGravida named by Bonna & Rick Whitten-StovallDSC00403DSC00432 - Version 2

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:05:10 +0000

Over 50 families have contributed so far to the cassava agricultural project we are sponsoring for the women farmers of Kobulubulu, Uganda!  We leave in less than two weeks and I will post whenever internet access permits the progress of our trip. We’ve raised enough for Stage 1 which includes purchase of 20 acres worth […]

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Kobulubulu Ribere me Mon Association: Kobulubulu Unity of Women (KRMA)lhelenagraceJoy in the midst of hardship

Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:33:24 +0000

So now you know where the KRMA came from. The women in Kobulubulu would always refer to themselves by their entire name: Kobulubulu Ribere me Mon Association. But I had a little trouble rolling that off my tongue, so I asked if I could refer to them as KRMA.  They had a meeting about this […]

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Launching KRMA-U.S. Partners Ltd.lhelenagraceKRMA weekly meeting with lockbox

Tue, 28 May 2013 14:08:03 +0000

The learning curve is steep for those of us not technologically inclined, but I am determined. I’m trying to figure out LinkedIn. I’m learning about fundraising, and sending out e-mails that won’t end up in spam folders. Why all this effort? My motivation is 20 women in Kobulubulu, Uganda. I want the world to know about […]

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Living with Renewed PassionlhelenagraceWomen of KRMAJerry cans to be filled from water pump

Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:53:22 +0000

Last time I wrote on this blog I was reflecting on moving. Well, we are STILL moving! After six months we finally have a contract on the house we vacated last September. Meanwhile, I have fallen in love.  Not with another man. My husband is still the love of my life. But with a group […]

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Moving: An Act of Value Choiceslhelenagrace

Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:43:52 +0000

In September we will move 15 miles closer in towards Washington, D.C.  These last 12 years we’ve been nourished by suburban country living with 2 acres of land, a lovely comfortable home, and wonderful neighbors. I thought this was my last house. That I wanted it to be my last house. But, with age has […]

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Quaking BirthdayslhelenagraceThe Chymical Wedding'Well of Initiation', into the interior of the...

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 19:11:35 +0000

Then I saw what was not so obvious: that the holding together could only be done by “quakers.” . . . men and women everywhere who were prepared to quake.  . . . Perhaps, in the end, what mattered was how many people were prepared to quake this way, for such quaking spirits were the […]

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