WE’RE HIRING!

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Vi har vokseværk, og har brug for hjælp! Noget for dig? Læs mere herunder og send os en mail hvis du vil være med til at gøre en forskel for døve børn i Uganda. Hvis du har spørgsmål er du velkommen til at skrive direkte til mig på vickie.madsen@gmail.com. 

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In the last few years, BDI has grown. We have more kids, more needs, and more responsibilities. BDI is comprised of a small team of 3 people who volunteer to manage the administration, finances, volunteers, communication, etc. The work load is increasing and we are at a point where we need help.

Do you have a heart to serve and the skills necessary to work with us? Having visited BDI in person is not a requirement. We do ask that volunteers have an understanding and appreciation of deaf culture, experience with non-profit organizations and working with a budget.
 
We have many needs that require differing skill-sets, so if you feel that you have the time to commit to work with us to help deaf children rise above disability in Uganda, tell us about yourself and what you have to offer!
 
Send us an email at boanergesdeafinitiative@gmail.com. Let us know how you see yourself being involved with our organisation. We look forward to hear from you!

– The BDI team

SAYING GOODBYE IS NEVER EASY

p1280070editsmallblogSolnedgang i Uganda er noget særligt // Sunsets in Uganda are something special

Så er det igen blevet tid til at sige farvel – eller nok snarere; vi ses. Jeg tror aldrig helt at jeg vænner mig til det. Sidder i lufthavnen nu. For første gang nogensinde er jeg faktisk kommet til tiden. Jeg plejer ALTID at ankomme i sidste øjeblik. Meget stressende. Men i dag havde vi både tid til at snakke og spise aftensmad sammen. Og hvilken bedre ‘sidste nadver’ en matoke, gnuts, fisk, ris og kylling på spyd på en klassisk lokal joint i mørket omgivet af taxier, bodaer og liv.

Men selvom maven er mæt, så er der stadig et hul dernede. Det føles forkert, at jeg skal rejse. Savner allerede. Ikke bare børnene, men også mine kollegaer og venner, maden, duftene, naturen, stemningen – og de smukke solnedgange. 

Nu skal jeg tilbage til en anden virkelighed. En anden verden. Livet fortsætter – både i Danmark og i Uganda. Jeg skal tilbage til arbejde og i februar venter operationer på Rigshospitalet. Det føles lige nu meget langt væk. Nærmest surrealistisk. Jeg er jo lige her. For ja, man må være der, hvor man er. Men mentalt vil jeg altid være to steder. Uganda er for længst flytter ind og har taget bolig i mig.

2017 bliver et spændende år for BDI – men mere om det i et andet indlæg.

For nu skal der lyde en stor tak fordi I følger mit arbejde og mine små hverdagseventyr – tak fordi I læser med. Og især tak for jeres støtte til mine skønner unger. Godt nytår. Må det blive et fantastisk 2017 for hver og én.

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Once again it’s time to say goodbye – or rather; see you. I don’t think I will ever get used to this. I’m at the airport now. For the first time ever I’m here on time. I’m usually ALWAYS arriving last minute. Very stressful. But today we even had time to talk and have dinner. And I can’t think of a better ‘last supper’ than the one we had today; matoke, gnuts, fish, rice and chicken at a local classic Ugandan joint in the dark surrounded by bodas, taxis and life.

Yet, though my stomach is full I still feel a hole within (Danish expression for when someone is very hungry). It feels wrong that I have to leave. I’m already missing. Not only the kids, but also my colleagues and friends, the food, the scents, the nature, the atmosphere – and the beautiful sunsets.

Now I’m going back to another reality. Another world. Life continues – in Uganda as well as in Denmark. I’m going back to work, and in February I’m going through surgery. It’s feels far away writing it now. Kind of surreal even. I mean, I’m right here. Because yes, you have to be present where you are. However, mentally I will always be two places. It’s been long since Uganda moved in with me and rooted itself in my heart. 

2017 will be an exciting year for BDI – but more about that in another post.

For now I just want to say thank you for following my work and my small everyday adventures – thank for you reading here. And especially, thank you for your support for my wonderful kids. Happy New Year – may 2017 be a fabulous year for everyone.

SLAUGHTERING OF A PIG

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I forbindelse med julen var jeg så heldig at vidne slagtning af en gris. Ja, jeg er nok på mange måder en “city girl” og jeg ved ærligt talt ikke meget om slagtning af dyr. I Danmark køber man oftest kød, der er udskåret og færdigpakket uden at tænke meget over, hvordan dyret egentlig ser ud. Eller, det er måske bare mig. Nå, men jeg er fascineret af arbejdet. Som jeg skrev i mit forrige indlæg om jul, så vil nogen måske væmmes en smule. Beklager på forhånd. Men sådan er virkeligheden – og jeg elsker den. Mange er desuden ofte bange for at spise mad i fremmede lande, fordi det måske bliver håndteret på en anden måde, end man er vant til. Men jeg er 7-9-13 aldrig blevet syg af mad her. Det blev jeg i øvrigt heller ikke af at spise grisen dér.

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For Christmas I was lucky to wittness the slaughtering of a pig. In many ways I might be “a city girl” and honestly I don’t know much about the slaughtering of animals. When you buy meat in Denmark the meat it’s mostly sliced and packed, and people may rarely think of what the animal really looks like. Or perhaps that’s just how it is for me. Anyways, I’m very fascinated by the work. As I wrote in my previous post about Christmas, then some people might feel slightly disgusted by the way it’s done here. Sorry, but this is the reality – and I love it. Besides, many people fear to eat food in foreign countries, because food might be handled in a different way than they are used to. But let me tell you that I’ve never been sick from food here in Uganda. Neither did I become sick from eating this pig. 

p1270625editblogNår grisen er slagtet, skal den ‘afpelses’ // When the pig has been slaughtered all the hair is removed

p1270644editblogKogende vand hjælper til at få hårene af // Boiled water helps the removal of hair

p1270669editblogNår hårerne er fjernet bliver hovedet skåret af // When the hair is removed the head is cut off

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Klar til næste skridt // Ready for the next step

p1270677editblogGrisen vaskes med vand og bananblade // The pig is cleaned with water and banana leaves 

p1270684editblogMere vaskning // More rinsing

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Slagtningen foregik afsides på marken // The slaughtering took place in the remoteness of the field

p1270708editblogBenene skæres af og herefter starter parteringen // The legs are cut off and then the parting begins

p1270728editblogLungerne og hjertet // The lungs and the heart

p1270736editblogGodfrey er dagens slagter // Godfrey is the butcher of the day

p1270743editblogFærdigt arbejde // The work is done