Author Archives: Mandi Bertagnolli Eubanks

February 28

Colors of the Wind

“Giving Angels Wings to Soar”- this is what the tag said on a bracelet given to me by my godmother, my Aunt Margaret Crosby before I left to go to Uganda.  My family, friends and co-workers celebrated with me when I got the news that I was going to work with Eminyeeto, a girl empowerment program […]

January 22

Beauty for Ashes Isaiah 61:3 Part II

The Home of Love and Dreams is where I spent my spare time while I was on my PULSE assignment.  I was also able to participate in community outreach activities alongside with David, Esther and the children.  This enabled me to embed myself into the culture more and learn how Ugandans live from day to […]

December 05

Beauty for Ashes Isaiah 61:3

Esther is a woman with a burning passion for girls sold into prostitution at very young ages such as 13 and 14 years old. She lives in Nyamitanga near Mbarara, Uganda.  She is originally from Rwanda and when she was 8 years old, her parents were killed in the Rwandan genocide.  Her father was a […]

October 21

Time of Our Lives

I am more than half way through my PULSE assignment and I was allowed and encouraged to take time off. Federica (the PULSE volunteer from Italy) and I decided to travel around Uganda.  We were so blessed to find a kind, Christian tour guide named Alex, Great Hills Tours and Travel LTD and see […]

September 26

When in Rome…

After my first month or so of being in Uganda, I got the chance to meet a nice young college student- Bashir.  He absolutely loves his country and has strived to help me learn about the culture and daily way of life as a typical Ugandan. The biggest thing I have learned so far, is […]

July 15

She Works Hard for the Money $$$

    The bakeries in the village of Ruhiira are not like the bakeries as we commonly know.  What makes them different”, you might ask.  First of all, the current bakeries produce only 1 product called a Mandazi (a form of fried bread similar to a doughnut).  Secondly, they are cooked outdoors over a wood […]

July 08

Aiming to Defeat Exploitation

I made it to Mbarara just less than 2 weeks ago.  For anyone who doesn’t know or remember, my project is a women’s empowerment project consisting of expanding financially sound bakeries in rural Uganda by launching new bakeries and/ or the expansion of products produced.  This involves recruiting and hiring women, training them on basic […]

June 25

I have arrived. 

I have arrived to Uganda. These are some pictures from my hotel balcony. It is on Lake Victoria. Tomorrow I will travel 5 to 6 hours to my permanent residence in Mbarara. More to come when I get there.

June 16

It’s almost time to leave!

Hasta la vista, baby