Tag Archives: aiesec

All that in one weekend

12 Jul

Monday morning, am sitting in the office and reflecting on the last 48 hours. A weekend with very  mixed feelings and a very sad end.

Saturday morning cleaning the house for two hours with the other girls, followed by a very nice breakfast. Milkrice and feally nice strawberry jam that a chinese intern brought. Powercut on sasturdays? unusual but possible… In the afternoon we attended the graduation ceremony of one of our MC members. I was holding a speech (!), we met the family elders from the village, had great food and I got a great insight into how a tranditional family functions. In the evening the Germany match, cold beer, playing pool with our chinese housemates and finally dancing until 4am in a club.

Sunday was a relatively lazy day, just doing laundry, hanging out around the house, the heat made us very lazy. Also the fact that we didnt have water in the tabs and the tank was empty contributed to us relaxing in pyjamas the whole day and not cooking or washing any dishes 🙂 We had to explain the interns to not use the toilets in the house, but the outside latrines, which got most of them by surprise. I worked a bit on my laptop in the afternoon but felt like doing something more active. Then the reliefing call of one of our alumni: He reserved us 10 Tickets to watch the worldcup final in the cinema. We called some of the interns and my team members and rushed to town to watch the match sponsored by Coke on one of the largest screens in the country.

The match turned out to be equally exciting and depressing (mainly due to the fact that just 4 days ago I wanted to see the Germans playing the final rather than the Spanish). After 110 minutes the first goal, but at the same time one of my friends received a call and told us there is an emergency with his brother and left. At midnight we decided to go home and not watch the cup ceremony fully. On the way out we received calls whether we are ok, people had heard of bombings in town.

We jumped on a car of a friend and he drove us home. After just 5 minutes we passed a blocked road and crowds of people. BBC was interviewing, people were crying on the roadside, women screaming. Just half an hour ago a bomb had exploded at a rugby club where hundreds of people had watched the match on a big screen outside. From hearsay we knew of another bomb in a restaurant and got really worried about our dutch friends who had gone to Iguana, a big restaurant with hundreds of internationals watching the worldcup matches on a daily base.

After this shock, the last incident of the night looks rather minor. Somehow blue colour had poured on our footpath home. One of us slipped on it, fell in a trench and hit his lip on a stone and started bleeding. Most of us stepped in the colour, some clothes got blue stains. At home there was still no water, but at least we disinfected his wounds using Johnny Walker.

Already in bed I saw the reason as to why my friend had left earlier on facebook. His brother was in the rugby place and he had to take him to hospital. He wrote that the sight of the dead, injured and burnt is unbearable.

I could really not fall asleep easily that night! Just now one of our members entered the office and said one of his classmates died. Just like that!

Some info about the bombings in German or English

Advertisements

First week in Uganda

4 Jun

I arrived in Kampala last friday at around midnight.
A large work agenda has kept me busy since then.

The old and the new MC team went to a Holiday House on Lake Victoria for four days to transit at least part of the knowledge and experience in a structured way. I met one alumni to discuss a side job opportunity with him. Project Launches at two different universities that will impact students and communities regarding Entrepreneurship, Language Skills, Tourism, IT, HIV.

Currently I live with 4 of my team and around 15 interns in one of the university hotels near Makerere University Business School (MUBS). We go to the office at MUBS daily to prepare for next weeks conference. Also we are looking for our own house, where we want to stay with around 12 people.

Here are some pictures from our Takeover Camp

As soon as I make my way to town, I will take pictures there 🙂

A challenge to the new Age

18 Nov

Change Agent

By Halima Murunga

Africa the land of contrasts, where hunger bequeaths the poor and obesity plagues the rich.

Gone are the days of the revolutionary youth who fought for change, in with the youth who only listens passively to the problems of the community, caring only for themselves not for their neighbor. ‘That’s their problem.’

We live in the age of materialism, shielded from any thought of poverty, war, and hunger. The screen being the only window into the other side of the income divide.

Concerned with new gadgets, fashion and hedonism, not concerned that most of us are denied the necessities of life, food, shelter and clothing.

We live in the age of information, the internet, mobiles and social networking not aware the people around us are denied information because of their income and status in society.

Healthcare for the rich is a necessity, the poor man life is expendable, just a statistic.

The politician only shouts for change, preaches integrity, yet his fodder is the public treasury.

Over 60% of our population languishes in poverty. Deny a man his rights and one day he will fight back in anger. Election violence was not just political outburst, but an outcry for change in society.

2012 awaits. Are you going to change the imbalance our society or sit in your house as you watch your country burn.

Be the change and lets not keep this continent God’s blind spot.

A challenge to the new Age

18 Nov

Change Agent

By Halima Murunga

Africa the land of contrasts, where hunger bequeaths the poor and obesity plagues the rich.

Gone are the days of the revolutionary youth who fought for change, in with the youth who only listens passively to the problems of the community, caring only for themselves not for their neighbor. ‘That’s their problem.’

We live in the age of materialism, shielded from any thought of poverty, war, and hunger. The screen being the only window into the other side of the income divide.

Concerned with new gadgets, fashion and hedonism, not concerned that most of us are denied the necessities of life, food, shelter and clothing.

We live in the age of information, the internet, mobiles and social networking not aware the people around us are denied information because of their income and status in society.

Healthcare for the rich is a necessity, the poor man life is expendable, just a statistic.

The politician only shouts for change, preaches integrity, yet his fodder is the public treasury.

Over 60% of our population languishes in poverty. Deny a man his rights and one day he will fight back in anger. Election violence was not just political outburst, but an outcry for change in society.

2012 awaits. Are you going to change the imbalance our society or sit in your house as you watch your country burn.

Be the change and lets not keep this continent God’s blind spot.

A short comment about IC…

25 Aug

I am currently at the AIESEC International Congress in Malaysia. A 10-day-meeting of the global leadership of AIESEC. We are nearly 600 delegates from around 100 countries.

This conference is a really great experience and I just want to write a very short comment and then go to the next session.

Inhaltlich gute Diskussionen, wir haben unsere global Partners (heute Artimisia, asia pacific CEO von PwC und Unilever) zu Gast fuer gesellschaftliche Themen und die strategische Ausrichtung des Vereins verspricht einiges fuer naechstes Jahr… planmaessig durchstossen wir endlich die 50,000!

Und einige absolut inspirierende Persoenlichkeiten, die nach ihrer AIESEC Zeit einen super Einstieg gefunden haben, die Gesellschaft “richtig” zu beeinflussen… social entrepreneurship haben wir in einem Workshop besprochen, zum Mittagessen sitze ich dann mal locker mit einem ehemaligen Australia CEO eines grossen Logistikers, der mir sagt, dass er mit 45 eine NGO, gegruendet hat, weil ihm “das business” zu dreckig war.

Spannend auch die Diskussionen mit AIESECern in ganz Afrika und deren verschiedene Realitaeten in Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo, Zimbabwe. Universitaetsstreiks scheint es in jedem Land zu geben, unglaubliche Erfolge in Members und Exchange-Zahlen, high-impact Projekte in Slums… Wir geben uns gegenseitig Ideen und planen gemeinsame Aktionen.

Von- und miteinander lernen steht hier gross im Vordergrund…

Do not miss to visit our live stream and be part of the conference:
http://www.aiesec.org/AI/iclive