My New Home!

Bishop Caesar Asili Hospital. Luwero, Uganda
The Guest House. I live inside!
The books I brought with me. Jimmy Carter’s is about women and was given to me by my Aunt Jeannie; Lean In is signed by Melanne Verveer, first Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues; Girl Power is from my mom; the Bhagavad-Gita is from Becky @ Yoga District; Half the Sky’s author Nicholas Kristoff will be speaking at my organization’s gala next month; I just got my copy of Emerging Africa signed by my professor Steve Radelet last week (and he has a new book coming out in November that I pre-ordered on Amazon — The Great Surge); the one without a title on the far right is a USAID report on women’s equality and empowerment that was coauthored by my friend Sally (also signed, duh!). I have collected these books over the course of the last couple of years and seeing them all together here in Uganda on my desk just makes me think: DAMN! I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing right now! And also: I’m standing on the shoulders of giants! Thanks to all the inspirational women (and men) who have paved the way, made this all possible, and continue to inspire me.

There are sisters in the convent, (not pictured…yet!), doctors, nurses, goats, (including a baby kid that was born the day I arrived!), two cows, hundreds of chickens, dozens of pigs, (which I hear the sisters prepare quite deliciously), a couple of ducks, patients, my lovely coworkers, the guesthouse caretaker Alice who cooks delicious food for me. This adventure has just begun, and I’m feeling so good about it! For now I’m concentrating on getting over jet lag and staying well. There’s more to come, most assuredly!

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