The Intangible

October 09, 2020

Traveler Priscilla visited Uganda and found something Uganda love.

“The fabric was found in Gulu, Uganda where over 30 years of civil war ensued at the hands of Joseph Kony and the LRA rebels. 

The town is incredibly vibrant despite the devastating effects of war that can still be seen. 

There are many amazing groups in the area doing incredible work to bring about hope and healing to these people in the aftermath of the war, but wars like these are entirely preventable.

Among the incredible memories made here are the moments spent with the most vulnerable people in the region: orphans, widows, and the poor. In a region with 85% unemployment and 75% of the population under the age of 24, the needs are plentiful but the resources at first glance seem to be few. 

But as we walked into the broken places in villages, I also came to realize how rich the community is in intangible resources like love, communal support, and a sense of togetherness.

We visited an organization called Eleazar African Foundation which provides learning and counseling to children who otherwise couldn't be in school because of poverty, disability, and other marginalizing conditions. 

We also spent some time in Gulu with an organization called Amani Ya Juu which provides training in tailoring and counseling for women who were formerly abducted by the LRA rebels during the war. 

The beautiful crafts they make (which provide a living for their families) are just a small testament to the healing they have found in the community and the hope they have for their children's futures.” - Traveler Priscilla Cheng

Here’s to spreading intangible resources like love and hope in your community & to feeling good—because after all, it’s Friday!

-the Taaluma Team

 




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