Awesome day for the Mend ladies
Flying high: Mend visits a ropes course
Recently, the ladies at Mend stepped out of their comfort zone and into a series of zip lines, climbing walls and critical thinking games. As a teambuilding exercise, they participated in various ropes course activities facilitated by The Recreation Project, an organization that uses the fun experience of a ropes course to teach “the important life-skills and character-building skills needed to navigate a new landscape that for decades has been defined by war and conflict.” Through the activities, the women learned principles like teamwork, planning, creative problem solving, and building self-confidence.
“Planning is vital,” Aber Rose decided after carefully making her way through the spider web low-ropes challenge. “Before this experience, I used to not value planning. I would instead buy what I did not plan for.”
They also learned that their actions can affect others beyond themselves, whether family members or the other seamstresses at Mend. All of the women took hold of the same rope, and one pulled hard on the end. The rest were asked to describe how they felt the effect of that one person’s pull.
“Through the hard pull; I noticed that anything harsh you do directly or indirectly affects people around you,” Amono Lily said.
Whether it was overcoming their fears to step off the zip line, building the confidence to climb a wall, or navigating a spider web of ropes, the women had a great time and are already looking forward to their next trip to The Recreation Project. Watch the video to see the ladies flying high on the zipline!
Sharing #kony2012 and interviewing local leaders (Taken with Instagram at Gulu, Uganda)
Pixar animator Austin Madison penned a wonderful handwritten open letter to aspiring artists and creative professionals everywhere as part of an Animators Letters Project back in May this year.
Madison advises budding and experienced animators alike to work through the times when they are feeling uninspired and down in the dumps—because it happens with everyone, including the best people at Pixar—and work through them. As he so eloquently puts it, “the art will be well worth the work”.
Coming into the office at 6:30am on a Saturday…sounds like my life back in San Diego. Getting ready to do an interview with Bishop Mark Baker Ochola, Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative.
Too good and too true. We spotted this little guy on our walk today.
Brandon Tauszik as a goat
I met some friends at the church across the street from our home today, they showed me how to play netball… such a fun evening.
M7 motel swag.
Better get under your net, mosquitoes aren’t nocturnal.K.Tro - 6 p.m. at night.