Workaid visits our partners in Africa to see the projects we are supporting. It is all the more inspiring seeing the direct impact the tools that we send make in person.
I visited Kampala in February 2017, mainly to try to persuade the Ugandan government to reinstate our tax-exempt status, which would materially reduce the cost of sending containers there. I met with the Speaker of the House and others in positions of influence – things look promising but we’re not there yet!
My visit also coincided with the arrival in customs of our container Hosea so I was able to watch the offloading and inspection process first-hand which in turn has led to a couple of tweaks to our packing processes so that the customs clearance can go as smoothly as possible.
The most fulfilling part of the trip though was the project visits. These we do so that we can reassure ourselves and our donors that the projects we supply tools to are the right ones to support.