Practise What You Preach!
Elspeth Dugdale | June 9, 2021
'Take any plan with a big pinch of salt’, 'Hold onto the schedule loosely’, ‘Be prepared for everything to change at the last minute’ and ‘Be as adaptable as possible, while trying to maintain a sense of humour at all times’; all part of our basic ‘attitude’ advice to any of our visitors/teams going to Uganda, especially for the first time.
So, we DID have a plan to travel back to Uganda next week, our first visit in 18 months. However, over the last few weeks, we could see the plan unravelling as Covid rates have been rising steadily and restrictions in both the UK & Uganda make travel both complicated and expensive.
On Sunday evening, the big announcement came to close all schools and universities with immediate effect on Monday morning, with inter-district travel banned 3 days later. This lockdown will last 6 weeks/42 days – unless things get worse. Inevitably the bus companies doubled their prices overnight, an added painful problem for those travelling home.
Ironically, just as things were picking up the pace again: school fees paid, vocational & university courses relaunching, educational life has, yet again, ground to a halt.
On a positive note, businesses, shops & agricultural work can continue for now, which hopefully will keep the economy going better than during the last lockdown. Last time there were real food shortages and it affected those who literally live ‘hand to mouth’ very seriously.
Within the current ‘surge of infections’, there is a particular rise of Covid among students and teachers – hence the need to close the schools. There is little vaccine availability and medical facilities are under pressure.
Fortunately, we had been trying to hold onto our travel plans lightly - this is the fifth travel upheaval since last March! And of course, it’s important to try and maintain a sense of humour and perspective at all times ……