A Day in the Life of Ian
Often I get asked “What is your typical day?” Amazing how my mind goes
blank and I mutter something about not having “typical” days. Not a good
guess the problem is, deep down, I only feel like I am doing our ‘real’
work when it is something that has appeared on the program on our
website and blog…..
here is a real life, typical account of a day that never gets on to the
06:15. Tumble out of bed, switch on computer and go to make coffee… It
is just getting light. The dawn chorus of tropical birds, FM radio,
Taxis and crying babies is just starting up outside. It is still cool
after a night of rain. Maybe more relevant to me at this point is that
it is early enough that the internet will give at least acceptable
speed. For the next couple of hours I will try and get up to date with
admin, general correspondence and attempt to get my sleepy brain around
different exchange rates as I check my accounts.
08:30. Shower and a quick breakfast. By 9am other YEA team members will
be invading the office, and my shower room is an annex to the office…….
09:00. Meetings with Collin (to make sure we both know whats happening
today) and Ray (to discuss the campsite) and Eugene (to discuss the
fundraising event) and I am ready to go out for the day.
10:00. First stop is to catch up with Prosper. The Coffee shop set up is
in full swing and we need to go through the accounts to make sure we are
sticking to budget and also decide what work to do next. This leads into
a rush to the bank to access money and to the paint store. By now I
realise I am getting late as the Kampala traffic makes ‘quick’ things
12:00. Meeting with programme committee for Uganda Youth Forum to start
work on the plans for the January National conference.
13:30. Quick snack and read the local paper….
14:30. By now the heat is building and any sensible human would be
planning a siesta. Instead I am chairing a meeting for the UYF
conference. It is evident that we are all lethargic. We sluggishly
respond to the minutes of the previous meeting and try and get our
brains connected to the matters in hand. The ceiling fan is a multi
directional one. This means that every 30 seconds you get a little
respite of cool air. It then moves on to revive your neighbour. The
meeting ends at 16:00 hrs with a surprising amount planned, all things
16:00. Before leaving the UYF I have a brief meeting with the 1st
ladies PA. 10 minutes of discussion on how to set up national
consultation on youth issues. Something as potentially important as this
squashed into a sound byte. I go on my way with ideas buzzing in my
the best time of day to cross town. Too much traffic and searing
afternoon sun. Stuck in the jam in Wandegeya my right arm and right side
of my face gets toasted. I am offered the usual intriguing selection of
street trade. Baskets of oranges and carrots, ‘made in China’ toys,
ornately framed mirrors, a set of garden shears. For the thousandth time
I try and convince a young guy that I only need 1 car phone charger so
don’t need the one he is dangling through my window!
17:30. Meet with VOW leaders to plan the upcoming mission to Mwanza in
Tanzania. We conclude its best for the team to go across the lake by
ferry to avoid the 2 days of bus travel. The more we discuss the more I
feel I want to be part of the team. The trip is at Christmas. Do I want
to spend Christmas at a youth conference in Tanzania?? I’m too tired to
make that decision today.
19:45. Home at last and time to cook supper and relax…..
typical day?? Well yes actually.