Hi there! This is Katrin reporting from Kigali, Rwanda. I’m on my way to our project site in Muhanga, Uganda. I’ve been staying one night at this really nice hostel in Kigali since I arrived by plane late last night. 

Since Muhanga is close to the Rwandan border it’s usually more convenient flying to Kigali than Entebbe, Uganda’s international airport. So here I am, waiting peacefully in this beautiful garden with a view over Kigali. And there’s WiFi!

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Internet and electricity so that I can continue sending updates during my 2 weeks on site. I’ll use both this blog and our Instagram, @stcatherinesweden. 

The local organisation needs more laptops to do their administrative work more effectively. Do you have a computer laying around at home? Katrin is going to Muhanga July 11th and wants to brings as many as possible. Let her know what you’ve got!

katrin@stcatherinesweden.org

Katrin in action on the picture above! This morning she was talking to Lunds Internationella Rotary Club about the St Catherine project. It’s always interesting to present what we do to new people because it usually leads us forward. We’re looking forward to see where this goes!

Let us know if you or someone you know would be interested in being inspired from hearing about our work!

This weekend we’ve been working on the design of the resource centre. In the end of last year our Ugandan sister organisation got the land title on their plot which means we can send in the application for a building permit. A great step forward!

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Working in developing countries is up and down. Right now St Catherine Sweden is really on our way up!

Thank you to all of you who have been supporting us this far! It gives us lots and lots of energy, and the hope you get from the kids in this picture!

If you also want to get that feeling, click Support us!/ Stöd oss! in the menu above to choose your way to contribute. Or just let us know on email: board@stcatherinesweden.org

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Yep you can now get your feed of breakfast plates and barbeque smoke mixed with updates and reports from our work in Uganda and Sweden. If the summer will not bring sun our pictures will! Let’s hope for both!

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This tuesday Erika and Axel from Architects without borders and the Design team of St Catherine Sweden visited the ABAR for the Swedish Architect association to talk about their work as ”Helping architects”. Of course they talked a bit about the rest of the organisation too and the audience seemed interested and had some questions afterwards.

If you are one of the audience that din’t manage to aks your question don’t hesitate to contact katrin@stcatherinesweden.org. Maybe you are even interested in working together with us?

You can also like and follow our Facebook page if you want to stay updated!

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Erika Bergström and Axel Thorén presented their master thesis based on the work they did in Muhanga this autumn. The reviews where incredibly positive and we hope their work will be spread to many others, not only landscape architects.

We are also very happy to still have them in our St Catherine Design team even though Erika has moved to Gothenburg for an internship and Axel continues developing his design knowledge in other courses.

Their thesis handled children´s space in the Ugandan culture but also raised questions in a bigger perspective. During the work they also developed a student representative group in the St Catherine organisation that we wish to continue keeping contact with through the designprocess. These children practised both drawing plans and sections and building models during the work, which is very good for us to communicate.

St Catherine Sweden says thank you for great and important work!

We arrived in Muhanga on Thursday afternoon after a long journey on the Uganda Postbus. The road from Kampala is fairly decent until you pass Mbarara. After Mbarara the ride have more in common with a roller coaster than a intercity bus ride. Fun : )

Yesterday me and Zola spent mostly at the main school in the project. Zola went around the site measuring and trying to fit the image she has from the pictures we showed her. Me, I guess I didn’t do much work. I talked a lot with Rominah who is our local administrator at the site. The rest of the time I spent playing with the kids . The football and Frisbee we brought for them were very well used yesterday.

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