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Under the Mountains of the Moon

Western Uganda stole our hearts and it remains a fierce kind of love that keeps us yearning for more. 

Every once in awhile your soul connects with a place, a land, an experience and even though you may be thousands miles from the place your call your own, it feels as though you've come home. 

As we woke up to the lush landscape on the rim of an ancient crater lake beneath the legendary Mountains of the Moon, we could finally hear ourselves breath again and be reminded of just how grand of an adventure we were blessed to be on.

 

During our time spent in Fort Portal we hid out at Kyaninga Lodge, a lodge that has curated a paralyzing beautiful experience for all their guests. The lodge was born from a vision of Englishman Steve Williams and after six years of unwavering commitment and a thousand hand carved logs later the most captivating lodge in Fort Portal was born. 

The lodge was built to provide an intimate experience for each guest as each resident resides in one of eight private cottages built out on the rim of the crater only to be connected to the main lodge by a raised wooden walkway. 

Kyaninga Lodge is less than an hour away form the Kibale National Park, one of Africa's premier destinations for chimpanzee tracking and conveniently located within a two hour drive of Queen Elizabeths National Park. 

A day with Krochet Kids

We hit the road with a playlist ready excited to head North from Kampala to Gulu.  The sun beat down as the blasted music carried us through the red, bumpy dirt roads and the vibrant colors of the landscape kept us mesmerized.  Questions arise in ones mind of the complex history of such a place, but then the smiles of the natives remind you that strength is what reigns over the human spirit, and the answers come back around to the simple fact that we are all in this thing called life together and we are humbled to be a part of it.

We were welcomed with open arms by the Krochet Kids team, as we have both been admiring their mission and model for quite some time.  The large group of women sat under the shaded trees at work as their babies and children bring together what seems to be community at it's finest. After visiting with the team, mentors and women, we got to work to bring to life the "Know Who Made It" campaign.  

Two women, Acayo Christine and Aketch Sunday were hand picked for their professional and personal accomplishments as they have both exceeded in their work and have saved up enough income to start their own profitable farms.  Each of these ladies took the job opportunity and education provided by Krochet Kids to shift their worlds to one of independence. We were deeply inspired by spending the day with these women, seeing their farms, and humbled they opened their homes to us.  Not to mention an epic dance party with Aketch Sunday and her children in their village!

So we'll end with this and hope the photos can give you a tangible glimpse. 

Sometimes our paths cross with extraordinary souls and the time spent together changes you. Thank you Krochet Kids for introducing us to these bright women, we hope to be back in the future.

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