I’ve spent a lot of time in Uganda getting to know people, who they are, what their livelihood is, and generally just becoming good friends. You get a lot of nice invitations to visit people and their homes, sometimes too many, however one that I could not refuse as it was a bit different to the rest was from Julius. Julius is the Farm manager of KARUDEC Demonstration Farm he is incredibly hard working, starting every morning at 6 and not leaving until late, he works all week including his 1 day off and is an absolute pleasure to work with. He has responded incredibly well to the training and advice from Agri Evolve which stems from his training by Jonny when he initially came in June/July 2014.
Julius rents a house in Kagando village however his real roots go high into the Rwenzori mountains. He had requested a visit and that he would like us to meet his family, although they live 3 hours into the mountains. At first I thought, don’t be ridiculous, but actually the idea grew on me and so we planned a Sunday climb to have dinner with his family and meet his mother. (Who had never met anyone outside of Uganda!)
It was really quite an occasion. Julius and his brothers travelled with us to the foot of the mountain, driving through rural villages on dirt tracks, a real 4 wheel drive challenge. I even managed to get the Land Cruiser stuck at one point to which a flock of Ugandans came running to my rescue, a big push and a small tip later we were on the way again.
The climb was interesting, they seemed to go up as if they were on an escalator, for me it was like dragging bricks, very tiring but seriously worth it. For anyone aspiring to come and work here with Agri Evolve please get in touch!
I brought a football with me for the children to which they loved, except from when it was kicked into touch, meaning a 200m decent for the child who kicked it. The area was very high up and how they manage to plant anything up there is beyond me. However, they make their money through coffee, and they do it well.
An excellent traditional Ugandan dinner and the guest of honor unfortunately me on this occasion having the privilege of eating Chicken insides (Not honorable in my opinion). Followed by the decent down. This bit was fun, as they have all learnt the art of running down, they took great pleasure in laughing at me stumble along the way but well worth it when we reached the waterfall. The whole place is truly special and anyone who has an interest in Mountains, walking, culture, or simply doing something different should definitely go. They’re very welcoming up there and appreciate the effort to come and visit.