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it is always a great thing to remember your roots where your story started from. most people forget mostly when they catch up with fame and think its always the best option to make the world think they were born from the high degrees that they later found themselves in.

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1- figure out your roots.

The roots are that level where you came from even when then no one had known you. and it was always you and your beloved then.

2- forget those you that knew you then

There are always people that will stand and have always stood with you when you were down. Those that wewre concerned of your welbeing

Three friends at sunset

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Get to Know Us… Patience!

We thought this would be a nice way to introduce our Living Music Foundation staff!
If you’re thinking of volunteering with us then Patience might just be your new best friend…

Patience (L) with Jean (R)

Introduce yourself!

I am Nyamwija Patience. I recently graduated with a BA in Education. I have 3 siblings and both parents, who live back in the village. I love to sing and I live with Babrah (another LMF staff member). We cook dinner together every night!

Tell us about your role with the Living Music Foundation and what inspired you to get involved.

I am a Vocalist and Vocal Trainer.
I love singing, and sharing this with other people is an incredible gift. I think it is great to teach what I know to other people so they too can be uplifted through music. Through training music I have also been able to make many new friends. I first got involved with music when I was in school and needed a way to pay school fees, so I used money from band performances!

What is the mission of the Living Music Foundation in your words?

It is here to transform the lives of other people through music and music training. We make music lessons accessible to those who need it, and share positive empowering messages through our song! 

Why do you think people should learn music?

Firstly to gain skills in music, to handle your vocals. I used to think I could sing before Disan trained me and taught me how to really use my voice!

For me, whenever I sing something I love, I have no stress. It brings happiness to my life. When I am singing I am not worrying about anything.

Music is also a way for to gain exposure, where you can create a space to share positive messages with the world.

The sense of belonging to a group, to a community is a huge positive to learning music. The musical community is a powerful one. It has taken care of all of us LMF staff at one point or another. To know other local bands, other kids with guitars or music skills, you know you have a connection, a friendship.

What do you wish people knew about Uganda?

We are so hospitable. We will always give you shelter, something to eat and hang out with you. We love to spend time with new people. 

We have fresh air, and green landscapes, food grows year round and is always healthy! I don’t think people know this.

Who is your hero?

Troy Peden (founder of GoAbroad.com). He supported me through university and changed my life. Troy and Elsa came to meet the band in 2016, and they decided to create the Living Music Foundation on this trip.

The LMF Team with Elsa and Troy of Go Abroad Foundation

What makes you laugh the most?

Watching my friends dancing is when I am always laughing and smiling… We have fun together

What would be your perfect day?

I am a Christian and also love adventure. I would LOVE to wake up in Israel, and explore all the incredible history and the culture. My perfect day would be to spend a day exploring all the holy sites. To see where Jesus was born, all of these sites.

What would be your perfect meal?

I have actually never tasted Pizza! If I could try pizza that would be so great it looks like people enjoy it so much. 

If you could have lunch with ANYONE in the world who would it be?

My mother. She is everything to me. She loves me so much and I couldn’t choose anyone over her. She has worked so hard to keep me and my siblings in school. I will always choose her.

If you were an animal what would you be?

A cow…. They are calm and healthy. They produce good things that sustain life.

Thanks for reading our quick fire interview with Patience!

5 Local Foods To Try In Uganda!

Uganda, The Pearl Of Africa, is abundant in locally grown nutritious food. Ugandans can often pick the ingredients straight from their family gardens to cook amazing healthy meals every day!
Rather different to those of us who buy processed foods from the supermarket daily, this food is straight from ‘farm to table’.

Banana Growing Farm
Bananas grow all over Uganda and are an important diet staple.

So what food should you try when visiting Uganda? Read on to find out…

perhaps on our volunteer program?

1. Matooke

This banana based dish is commonly referred to as Ugandas National Food. Particularly in the Western regions, such as Mbarara (where we are based!).

It is made from plantain (green bananas). These are steamed in banana leaves (or boiled) and then mashed.

This creates a banana product of similar consistency of mashed potatoes! It is often served with ground nut sauce, chicken or vegetables.

Matooke is surprisingly healthy as the main carbohydrate in a meal, mainly comprised of water and rich in potassium, with a number of micro-nutrients the steaming process maintains.

Yellow banana dish - Matooke

2. Gnut Sauce

Is a meal really a meal without this Ugandan food staple?

You would struggle to find a buffet that does not have Gnut sauce on its menu here in Uganda, and for good reason!
Peanut sauce is referred to as Ground nut sauce – or Gnut for short.

Gnut sauce is a delicious creamy condiment, made from sweet red peanuts.
In Uganda, it is served with almost every dish; matoke, cassava, sweet potatoes…

We prepare it by grinding the groundnuts until it resembles peanut butter. This is then mixed with hot water and brought to the boil. Then onion and tomato are generally added.

Peanut Sauce on plate
Matooke with Gnut Sauce.
Credit: Empower African Children

3. Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers, or Nsenene as the locals call them, are a Ugandan delicacy.

Following the heavy rainy season, these critters swarm in masses, to be fried and enjoyed by Ugandans. They are even exported to Europe and America and sell for high prices!

To prepare them, they are pan fried in their own fats with onion and salt to offset their naturally sweet flavors
They are caught and prepared by market vendors who can be seen along the streets selling them by the bucket!

This Ugandan delicacy is high in nutritional value- try something new when you come to volunteer!

fried grasshopper in a bucket
Nsenene, or Grasshoppers, are a delicacy in Uganda.
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4. Kikomando

Kikomando is a plate of chopped up chappati and beans.

It is a staple meal enjoyed by both rich and poor.
For university students, ghetto dwellers and street children this cheap, tasty and filling plate is a saviour!

So for travelers on a budget this could be your new favorite dish, at only 2000UGX per plate….

Did you know that the famous Ugandan musician turned politician and philanthropist Bobi Wine actually coined the term Kikomando in one of his songs?

Kikomando rice and beans served in uganda
Kikomando – Beans and Chapatti – is a very popular meal here particularly among students – photo credit

5. Rolex

Ah, the humble rolex. There you are in our times of hunger, in need of a snack, or breakfast, or lunch.

Rolex stands are found almost anywhere in Uganda, on every street corner, on the side of the highways.

A rolex at its most humble is a chapatti and a two egg omelette rolled up together, sold for roughly 2000 UGX.
Often though they are prepared with cabbage, tomatoes and onions in the omelette.

Such is the Ugandan love for their rolex, restaurants are beginning to sell their upmarket takes on this basic street food with additions such as avocado… Yum!

Learn more about Rolex here

rolex stand in uganda street food
Rolex stands like this are all over Uganda, with many making a living from them
Credit: Rachel Peet

Those are our top Ugandan staple foods

What are yours?

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