I Got Married in Mawanga

Okay, it’s time to share a little more of my story.  I met my husband in Namuwongo Market in Kampala.  We became friends and I taught him to play the guitar in exchange for him to teach me some Luganda. Over my next visit or two to Uganda, our relationship progressed to the point that we decided we wanted to get married.  We needed to have our wedding in Uganda, because it was too difficult for him to get a visa to Canada.  Once we were married, the paperwork to have him come home with me was much more straight forward. 

I called Pastor Paul to ask him if we could get married in Mawanga, because Mawanga was my Ugandan home.  He was more than happy to host our wedding in the Mawanga Church of God and to do all the planning since I was in Canada teaching.  He sent me the budget and I sent him the money.  We were in contact through the months leading up to the wedding and Busiisi visited to discuss plans.  Busiisi and I showed up a few days before the wedding with my mom, a few of my friends and Busiisi’s family and close friends. Pastor Paul had taken care of everything.  I was not allowed to be part of anything.  I just had to get myself ready the morning of the wedding and go to the church for the ceremony.  

When I look back at the pictures of our wedding, we were surrounded by love.  People who knew us and people who didn’t.  Pastor told me that we were the first to get married in his church so people came from far and wide to see the wedding.  I’m sure they also came to see the mzungu get married as this was something that might not ever happen again.  Pastor even arranged for my sponsored child through Compassion to come from a neighbouring village.  

We started the morning at Pastor’s home with tea and we got ourselves ready for the choir to walk us to the church. We ended the day walking back to Pastor Paul’s home while the rains blessed our marriage.  

Our Wedding Day

ROWAN Campaigns – Rebuilding Hope & Homes

First & foremost we must say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to this important campaign. Your donations have made a huge difference in the lives of so many people. Along with education, water & basic electricity, a clean place to live should be a human right. We are very close to achieving our goal (as of writing) – help us make this post out of date right away! Continue reading “ROWAN Campaigns – Rebuilding Hope & Homes”

What is a Village?

ROWAN partners with over 30 villages in Uganda, with their main office at the village in Mawanga. Everyone knows the word “village”. We’ve all heard, “It takes a village to raise a child…”. Many a town in England boast a village green; a pleasant, common green space in the town center. There’s the East Village in New York City, a hip, happening neighborhood—the Village People probably started there!

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Jackfruit – The Fruit That Brings People Together

You can’t really visit Mawanga and Pastor Paul’s home without experiencing the fruit that the village produces. Whether it is mangos, passionfruit, pineapple or watermelon, you will experience the best tasting fruit you’ve ever had.  But no other fruit takes the time and energy than that of a jackfruit or known as ffene in Uganda. A jackfruit is a social affair that isn’t as simple as just cutting it up and eating it. 

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