Aspen Day 1: Arriving at Kiwoko

For the past decade, Adara has had the great privilege of partnering with Aspen. It has been an amazing partnership, which has shown us all the exponential power of linking the business sector with those in need in the developing world. Together, we have bridged worlds, and changed lives for the people of Kiwoko Hospital.

Each year, staff members from Aspen offices across the globe come to Kiwoko Hospital to see firsthand the impact of this partnership. Every year, they leave inspired. Here is their experience.

By Bethany Wilkes

We’re finally in Uganda! After a long day travelling (and a missed flight and detour via Nairobi) we arrived in Entebbe at 2am local time.  We were greeted by Rosie from Adara and driven to a guest house local to the airport.  After a few hours rest and our last hot shower of the week, we started the three hour drive to Kiwoko.

The drive through Entebbe and Kampala was very interesting as we watched the locals go about their daily business. The roads were dusty red and villagers were pushing bicycles transporting furniture, sugarcanes and materials piled high. Trucks and stalls lined the roadside selling pineapples, popcorn and watermelons. As we came out of Kampala we started to drive through luscious green scenery. We had been warned about the bumpy tracks coming into Kiwoko known locally as the ‘African Massage’.

Once we had been allocated rooms and had eaten lunch prepared by the Kiwoko staff, we met with Dr James who gave us a tour of the hospital grounds. The hospital was a lot larger than I expected, set across a 30 acre compound with separate buildings for each department. Dr James, who had been a doctor here for nearly 18 years, explained the ongoing development of Kiwoko Hospital and how each department ran.

We had some free time before dinner so a few of us used this time to walk around the grounds and meet some of the locals. The children were very eager for us to sit with them and instantly wanted their photos taken. After having their photos taken, they would all run to the camera to see themselves on the digital screen which they found hilarious. They all took it in turns trying my sunglasses on and using my camera to take photos of each other wearing them.

After dinner, Daniel Kabugo, the Adara Uganda Country Director, shared his experiences living in the Luwero Triangle during the civil war which devastated the area and many lives were lost. His experiences were eye opening and definitely put things into perspective.

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