More musings from Henry

Kafuro Day 2

I started the day by encountering a herd of elephants. The herd included a few babies. This gave an exciting start to the day. As we arrived in Kafuro School, we were warmly greeted by the pupils and Mahudi (P6 teacher). Work then started on building the Cob Oven. Throughout the day children helped to build it and were extremely enthusiastic to help with anything that they could. Myself and Mum (Mrs Green), took a trip down to the local lake where all the villagers collect water from. Wilbur (Senior, and one of the pupils in P7) guided us down to the lake accompanied by seven other pupils. When we got down to the lake, Wilbur explained that there was a dead Hippo. He then went on to say that the adult villagers killed the Hippo to stop it destroying their crops. When asked about the issue, Wilbur stated that he doesn’t agree with this at all and neither do his fellow peers. It was great to see young adults being conscientious about conservation and the impact of issues like this has on their environment and well-being. At this point, I was extremely impressed to see that although the adults are bigger and have more experience, Wilbur and his crew stick by what they think is right. I hope they are successful in teaching their elders more about conservation.

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2 Responses to More musings from Henry

  1. Caroline Pritchard says:

    Glad to hear you’re having such a great experience but sad to learn about a hippo being killed. Will the local people make any use of it now or will it be left for animals to eat.

    Is there a problem with elephants eating and trampling on crops? We saw in Sri Lanka last year that local people built tall wooden towers so they could keep watch at night and scare the elephants away from their fields.

    Are you able to draw a map and then take a photo of it to show us where all the places you’ve been are?

  2. aburford says:

    It sounds as if you are getting a very full Ugandan experience Henry. Great to hear hat the young people of Kafuro have strong views on conservation. Any chance of posting the view of the savannah that impressed you so much?
    Do you know what is being used as a guide for the cob oven sand mound – we used a plastic hoop?

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