Allison Godwin Neumeister recently attended an Introduction Ceremony in Uganda, a lively event where a bride introduces her future husband to her parents, seeking permission to marry.
By Allison Godwin Neumeister Today, a little friend came to me with pain in his foot. The 3-year-old boy, Waleka, had jiggers in his feet, also known as Chigoe fleas….
Allison Godwin Neumeister shares the story of new life in a Ugandan village: “At 1:00 am my host mother, Robina, went into labor. There are no cars or ambulances in Bumwalukani, unless the military or the U.N. pass through, so transport options are limited to motorbikes or foot. Though Ugandan women can balance on just about anything, sitting sideways on a motorcycle at nine months pregnant poses many risks. The road is rough and dangerous, with long stretches of deep mud and large potholes. The only safe option, particularly at night, is to travel to the maternity ward on foot.
Allison Godwin Neumeister returns to Uganda and is living with a family without the amenities found in American-sponsored housing — but she’s finding different comforts of home.
The sunny, dry days have now turned cool and wet in Bududa, Uganda. It feels like the rainy season, as the sun emerges for just a few hours each day.