Tag Archives: Kampala

Fats, Oils and Greases: the potential biofuel clogging our drains

WANDEGEYA, UGANDA—When I was buying fries in the fastfood/street food district near Makerere University where I have been staying I noticed a sewage truck. Mohammed the driver explained what was going on. The 7 inch sewer that services the restaurant … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Marketing

KAMPALA, UGANDA—Marketing is that girl I hated as a kid. I called her names. We just didn’t get along. And then one day I realized how beautiful she was. I needed her. I couldn’t live without her because she was the perfect … Continue reading

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Urine Diverting Toilets: Technologically Ingenius, Culturally Incompatible

KAMPALA, UGANDA—To be honest, my interest is not Urine Diverting toilets. But I had heard so much about urine diverting toilets from friends who used them on a daily basis while working on an organic farm in Argentina that I … Continue reading

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Small Reminders that Politicians are Above the Law

KAMPALA, UGANDA—In the ramp up to the elections in February 2011, there are posters everywhere. The largest offending poster on this latrine is that of the current president and democratically elected dictator, Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for … Continue reading

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Bwaise Slum

“Water is life. Unless you live in Bwaise. If you live in Bwaise water is death.” —local saying BWAISE, KAMPALA—Some stories can only be told backwards. This isn’t one of them. Let me start at the very beginning. I met … Continue reading

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KAMPALA, UGANDA—Necessity is the mother of recycling. Here, plastic bags are reused as pots for planting. Reused bags are the ONLY containers I have seen used for planting. And used questionnaires are used to make the bag for my french … Continue reading

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Kampala Waste Water Treatment Plant

KAMPALA, UGANDA—I stepped outside an NGO in downtown Kampala and was proverbial smacked with a familiar odor: the smell of a sewage treatment  plant. It was not the smell of fresh human waste but rather the more refined smell of sewage … Continue reading

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