Title: Ian Smith (Uganda)

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URL: http://ianandrenate.blogspot.com/

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A hurried departure . . . - 01/Jun/2012 13:19 - 3472 days ago
Unfortunately Ian became ill on 15 March and was quickly evacuated by VSO to The Nairobi Hospital in Kenya. Ian received excelle...
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First meeting of the Kampala Technical Working Group - last piece in the MARPs Network's jigsaw . . for the time being! - 30/May/2012 15:15 - 3474 days ago
On 14 March the first meeting of the Kampala Technical Working Group was held in the garden at the MARPs Network's offices in Ka...
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6 week picture update - 22/Feb/2012 15:11 - 3572 days ago
3.00 pm Sunday 8 January - Ian has just arrived in Entebbe - collected by Geoffrey Mujisha and Natukunda Shalince, colleagues fr...
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Happy New Year and some changes - 31/Jan/2012 14:26 - 3594 days ago
Apologies for the long gap between this post and the last one in November. Things have been hectic. Renate and Ian went back to ...
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A holiday with two Petes who Ian met at Goldsmiths' College 40 years ago - 27/Nov/2011 09:37 - 3659 days ago
Pete Sacker and Pete Wilde and Ian met in September 1971 when they enrolled on the Community Work Certificate course at Goldsmit...
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Completing the Regional framework for the Network - 27/Nov/2011 09:18 - 3659 days ago
The past month has been very busy. Following the setting up of the regional technical working group in Kasese in the middle of O...
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Return to Kasese in Western Uganda - 15/Oct/2011 18:26 - 3702 days ago
Last year, just after Easter, Ian travelled with Taremwa Sam who was at that time Finance Officer with the Network, to Western U...
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After the Introduction . . The Wedding! - 18/Sep/2011 13:29 - 3729 days ago
11am, Saturday 17 September 2011. An occasion to remember at All Saints Cathedral in Kampala. These few photographs give a glimp...
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An Introduction for Ian's 'Shadow'! - 14/Sep/2011 19:46 - 3733 days ago
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Travelling East - 14/Sep/2011 18:37 - 3733 days ago
Following the field trip to northern Uganda, the next excursion was to eastern Uganda to visit local government officials in Bug...
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Field trip to Northern Uganda - 28/Aug/2011 19:05 - 3750 days ago
Last week Mboizi Richard, Natukunda Shalince and Ian travelled from Kampala to Northern Uganda. The MARPs Network is focusing it...
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Mabira - a rainforest threatened by sugar - 14/Aug/2011 19:28 - 3764 days ago
Late last month Renate and Ian spent a night in Mabira Forest. This is rainforest half way between Kampala and Jinja - 50 km fro...
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A team building event for the new employees of the MARPs Network Secretariat - 14/Aug/2011 18:46 - 3764 days ago
The team at the MARPs Network Secretariat now numbers 10. A big change from October last year when the team was Geoffrey and Ian...
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Work visit to Hoima in north west Uganda - inducting a new Director and recruiting new members for the Network - 14/Aug/2011 18:15 - 3764 days ago
Following the successful first Annual General Assembly of the MARPs Network we have visited all the newly chosen members of the ...
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13 July 2011 - the day the MARPs Network held its first Annual General Assembly! - 17/Jul/2011 19:55 - 3792 days ago
The Assembly was held at the Crested Crane Hotel in Jinja - a Uganda Government training initiative for people seeking careers i...
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Wanting to get married? In Uganda you have to be properly 'introduced' first! - 28/Jun/2011 20:38 - 3811 days ago
Edward and Annet have featured several times in this blog. They take very good care of Ian and Renate at their apartment in Ntin...
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Uganda 2, Guinea-Bissau 0 - African Cup of Nations Qualifying match - 05/Jun/2011 17:54 - 3834 days ago
On Saturday 4 June we joined a group of fellow VSO volunteers on a trip to the Mandela International Stadium in Kampala to cheer...
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Very happy to be back in the same flat in Ntinda! - 05/Jun/2011 17:49 - 3834 days ago
VSO kindly arranged for us to live back in the same lovely flat with the view of the valley and birdlife. Good to catch up with ...
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Safe journey back and straight to a wedding! - 30/May/2011 08:58 - 3840 days ago
Richard is the office manager for the MARPs Network and Saturday 28 May 2011 was the day that he and Prosy married in the villag...
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Return to Kampala - 22 May 2011! - 09/May/2011 17:18 - 3861 days ago
After the excitement of the wedding in New York we are ready to return to Kampala.We leave our house in Sheffield on Friday 20 M...
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The interlude - a wonderful wedding in New York City - 09/May/2011 17:08 - 3861 days ago
On 21 April our son Matthew married Holly Robinson in City Hall, New York City. It was a very special day with wonderful blue sk...
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Working with the MARPs Network– a roller-coaster of a year! - 22/Mar/2011 12:25 - 3909 days ago
Last year in March I wrote:“Despite the fact that the MARPs Network has been officially launched by the Uganda Aids Commission...
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Escape to Lamu - 27/Feb/2011 09:25 - 3932 days ago
Friday 18 February was the occasion of Uganda's presidential and parliamentary elections. The last time these elections were hel...
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Ruby Wedding Celebration on 30 January 2011 - 02/Feb/2011 14:30 - 3957 days ago
On 30th January 1971 Renate and Ian got married in Mochudi, Botswana. Ian was working as a volunteer in Mochudi and Renate who t...
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Two very recent and random images - 26/Jan/2011 16:00 - 3964 days ago
Last night Renate was about to put her night dress on when she spotted s creature! Isn't this a splendid beetle!? Probably betwe...
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A visit to Kkalwe - a village in Central Uganda - 26/Jan/2011 15:08 - 3964 days ago
Our friend and fellow VSO volunteer Diane took us to visit Kkalwe - a village in Central Uganda, about an hour's drive north of ...
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Family get together - 09/Jan/2011 19:34 - 3981 days ago
Renate and Ian enjoyed a brilliant finale to 2010 when Laura and Shola and Matt and Holly made the journey to Kampala to celebra...
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1st December - World AIDS Day - 03/Dec/2010 19:41 - 4018 days ago
1 December is a big day in Uganda, and in other countries where HIV / AIDS touches so many lives. The celebration event was orga...
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A great holiday with our friends David and Gina from Sheffield - 03/Dec/2010 17:54 - 4018 days ago
It's been 9 months since Renate and Ian arrived in Uganda - a holiday was due and their good friends David and Gina from Sheffie...
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A visit to Annette's House - 15/Nov/2010 18:00 - 4036 days ago
Annette and Edward take very good care of us in our compound of flats in Ntinda, Kampala - Edward is the caretaker and Annette, ...
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Sorry about the silence - 15/Nov/2010 17:46 - 4036 days ago
It's been six weeks since our last post on the blog. Three reasons:(1) Ian managed to catch a really nasty cold which laid him l...
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Namuwongo Clean-Up - 05/Oct/2010 18:42 - 4077 days ago
VSO volunteers in any given country are grouped into 'clusters' to enable them to meet and have a say in the way the VSO program...
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Bayimba Cultural Festival - 22/Sep/2010 15:58 - 4090 days ago
On Sunday evening we went with our guests to the Bayimba Cultural Festival at Kampala's National Theatre. Here are some photogra...
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Lemon Drizzle Cake! - 22/Sep/2010 15:36 - 4090 days ago
When Ian returned from Fort Portal he was greeted by visitors - VSO volunteers who work in the far south west of Uganda in a pla...
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MARPs Network Public Dialogue in Western Uganda - 22/Sep/2010 15:06 - 4090 days ago
For four days last week Geoffrey, Richard, Prossy and Ian from the Most At Risk Populations (MARPs) Network were in very beautif...
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Uganda Wildlife Education Centre - 10/Sep/2010 20:35 - 4102 days ago
Today was a public holiday in Uganda, celebrating the Eid Festival at the end of the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan. Renate and Ia...
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Cumin spuds - 06/Sep/2010 18:09 - 4106 days ago
Since arriving in Uganda Ian has been eating less meat and experimenting more with vegetarian food. Uganda has a bountiful harve...
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66 not out! - A lovely birthday with Kampala friends - 06/Sep/2010 17:52 - 4106 days ago
At 8.15 am there's a knock on the door and our dear VSO neighbours arrive with a birthday cake!Our neighbours - Bob, Baukje and ...
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Recently . . . - 14/Aug/2010 18:10 - 4129 days ago
The Network Team and PartnersThe other night Geoffrey, Richard and Sam came round to our place for supper and they honoured us b...
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11 July Bombings - 14/Aug/2010 18:05 - 4129 days ago
Here's a poster that Renate and Ian saw outside the Rugby Club where over 60 people lost their lives on 11 July while watching t...
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Catch Up since last post - 14/Aug/2010 17:05 - 4129 days ago
Cluster ChairIan was a bit slow to leave the room at one of the first Kampala volunteers 'cluster' meetings he attended and foun...
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Kampala bombings - 11 July 2010 - 13/Jul/2010 18:58 - 4161 days ago
Three bombs were detonated on Sunday 11 July around 11 pm just as the World Cup Final was nearing its climax.The first bomb was ...
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The fund raising challenge - 22/Jun/2010 19:48 - 4182 days ago
My role with theMost At Risk Populations (MARPs) Networkis to facilitate the building of a stronger organisation. As readers of ...
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The MARPs Network moves to its own offices for the first time! - 22/Jun/2010 17:45 - 4182 days ago
It's been a while since I've posted a blog. Life has been busy for both Renate and I. Renate has begun her voluntary work with t...
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To Jinja and the source of the Nile - 24/May/2010 18:31 - 4211 days ago
Uganda is an amazingly beautiful country - stunning stuff to see and lovely people to greet you and show you round wherever you ...
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Renate's new job - 24/May/2010 18:06 - 4211 days ago
Starting today Renate has begun a volunteer assignment with VSO Uganda. She has accepted the challenge of supporting the VSO Uga...
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Sam and Ian go West! - 02/May/2010 13:40 - 4233 days ago
You can click on this map to enlarge it.Sam (see earlier blog describing colleagues in the MARPs Network) and I embarked on a tr...
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ICT2, Entebbe and that cloud of ash - 02/May/2010 11:54 - 4233 days ago
After volunteers have been in the Country for 8 weeks VSO brings everyone together for a second spell of in-country training (IC...
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Easter 2010 and no danger of crocodiles! - 04/Apr/2010 15:56 - 4261 days ago
At the suggestion of Diane another VSO volunteer in Kampala - she's working as a midwife Tutor at the International Hospital - w...
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The Kasubi Tombs - 21/Mar/2010 18:55 - 4275 days ago
Last Tuesday night the historic burial ground of the Buganda Kings - the Kasubi Tombs - were seriously damaged by fire. The Buga...
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More about the Most At Risk Populations network team that Ian's working with - 21/Mar/2010 16:43 - 4275 days ago
This is Geoffrey Mujisha the Executive Director and driving force behind the Most At Risk Populations (MARPs) network. Geoffrey ...
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Renate on her first 4 weeks in Uganda - 21/Mar/2010 16:10 - 4275 days ago
Four weeks ago we were approaching the dimly lit Kampala airport after a great flight and it's hard to believe time has passed s...
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A flavour of our neighbourhood - Ntinda - 08/Mar/2010 07:15 - 4288 days ago
Hopefully these photographs will provide a bit of a flavour of the neighbourhood where we are living - we are just getting to kn...
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A lovely day for Ian got off to a very bad start! - 03/Mar/2010 19:48 - 4293 days ago
We were warned to be on the lookout for pick-pockets when using the minibus taxis in Kampala. This morning, (Ian) having been wa...
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Settling in - 01/Mar/2010 18:48 - 4295 days ago
We've been in Kampala for 10 days and it's been non-stop since we arrived. We've started to learn some of the language in Kampal...
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Yippee! Confirmation of volunteer placement! - 11/Jan/2010 23:13 - 4344 days ago
Just after setting up this blog we encountered a 'hitch' with the original volunteer placement in Kampala - working with the Uga...
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First post - 16/Dec/2009 07:47 - 4370 days ago
HelloWe will use this blog to share news of our 'adventure' as volunteers in Uganda. At the time of writing this first post we e...
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