The slap in the face in the title? I received that - metaphorically - two years ago during one of my earliest visits to West Uganda. I was there to talk about being an entrepreneur, about how to take a vision and start a business. I thought I was there to teach, but I was actually about to learn a very important lesson.
Back home in my safe little European bubble, I'm still recovering from the trip, all the work I did there and, sadly, the side effects of my malaria tablets!
It's been three years since we began our work in Uganda. And I can see that, along with other local initiatives in the fields of health care, family planning, hygiene, housing and so on, that Bluseeds, in enabling individuals to start a business in their own community, adds an important additional element in the development of sustainable communities. Read on and reflect - and look forward - with me.
What a week it's been here in Uganda! Join me as I take you along on the first week of my journey in this beautiful country and explore just how Bluseeds is making a real difference.
Welcome to my Ugandan journey! I'm finally here in Uganda, sitting on a very comfortable sofa on Ugandan Independence Day finally finding the time to write this blog.
Last Saturday, operating on just an hour's sleep, I made the journey from London's Heathrow Airport to Brussels, and then on from there to Entebbe, Uganda via Kigali, Ruanda. And now the real hard work has begun!