I am now placed in a vocational college in Layibi, some three or four kilometres to the south of Gulu, Mary is still based in the office in Pece in Gulu itself.

The Route to Work: Opening the Ridiculous Gates

The Route to Work: Opening the Ridiculous Gates

As the rains dry up the murrum surface I have two routes I can take to work.

The Route to Work: Closing Our Ridiculous Gates

The Route to Work: Closing Our Ridiculous Gates

Along the main Kampala road south

The Route to Work 2: Joining the Boda Bodas on the Kampala Road

The Route to Work 2: Joining the Boda Bodas on the Kampala Road

The Route to Work 2: Further on Down the Kampala Road

The Route to Work 2: Further on Down the Kampala Road

and then turn up via St Joseph’s College to the Institute,

The Route to Work 2: The Road to St Joseph's College

The Route to Work 2: The Road to St Joseph’s College

The Route to Work 2: The Corner of St Joseph's College

The Route to Work 2: The Corner of St Joseph’s College

or through the country roads.

The Route to Work 1: to Layibi

The Route to Work 1: to Layibi

The Route to Work 1: Towards the College

The Route to Work 1: Towards the College

Daniel Comboni Vocational Institute is very different to the other institutions we have been working with so far.

The Route to Work: The College Wall

The Route to Work: The College Wall

It has been here for a long time, set up by the Comboni Missionaries in 1955 and is, essentially a thriving set of production workshops with a training institute attached.

The Route to Work: More Gates

The Route to Work: More Gates

It is huge and has everything from high end joinery and garages through to printing machines and even a terrazzo workshop.

The Route to Work: Daniel Comboni Vocational Institute

The Route to Work: Daniel Comboni Vocational Institute

It has, very unusually, its own website:

http://www.combonivocational.ac.ug/index.html

The Route to Work: the Office

The Route to Work: the Office

Daniel Comboni is a name you see throughout Northern Uganda. The man himself was an Italian Roman Catholic missionary (beatified in 1996) and the first Bishop of Central Africa, arriving in Khartoum in the late 1850’s, . His intention to: “Save Africa through Africa”, is still worth thinking about. The Comboni Missionaries have been in Gulu since 1916; they are well established and well thought of.

The Mission at Daniel Comboni

The Mission at Daniel Comboni

At the back of this college is a very large and very Italian mission, laid out with shaded walkways, grape vines,

The Vines

The Vines

statues and of course; red geraniums. The whole complex is entirely self contained (which is how it survived the troubles) with its own food production etc. I even managed to buy some cheese from their dairy yesterday (dairy products are rare here and much sought after, Ben Gunn like, by westerners). This is a fascinating, if rather unreal, place to work.

Country Roads Take Me Home

Country Roads Take Me Home