Laura in Uganda

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I have been privileged to volunteer as the  Coordinator for Uganda, working quietly, hand in hand with Abayudaya community leaders, Kulanu treasurer Harriet Bograd, board members, and supporters from all over the US, on over 20 development and education projects. These projects are generated by the needs expressed by the community and serve the Abayudaya Jewish Community and their Muslim and Christian neighbors. I am blessed to have a family and a career that supports my participation in this work. To be honest, I prefer to do the work rather than talk about it but I have received so many requests lately I thought it was time to post some information here.

Not surprisingly, I first got involved with the Abayudaya Jewish Community through their music. One morning, I heard Rachel Namudosi Keki’s beautiful voice singing the shema Hebrew prayer to a Ugandan melody on an NPR report about the Abayudaya Jewish Community and a humanitarian visit to Uganda by a delegation from small not-for profit organization called, “Kulanu.” I ordered a tape of the radio report, learned the songs and started spreading the word about the community in my concert tours.

I finally met Abayudaya composers- musicians JJ Keki and Gershom Sizomu through Kulanu in 2001. They sang with me on my recording of JJ’s melody for L’cha Dodi for my  “Kabbalah Music” CD. The friendships built from there, but the real work began soon after 9/11, and has strengthened through this terrible, frustrating time here in the US under the Bush administration. I first traveled with Kulanu in 2002 to visit my friends JJ and Gershom and the community in Uganda, and from then on I was hooked. 
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Aaron Laura Israel new classrooms thumbAaron, Laura and Israel Standing in Front
of New Classrooms

Laura at the School for the Deaf
Laura Helping in
The School for the Deaf

Children from UgandaUgandan Children

little guys in truck
Guys in Truck

Ugandan kids
Ugandan Children

new Classrooms
New Classrooms

Mzuzot kids
Mzuzot Kids

Zebra in UgandaZebra Seen on Safari

Learning about appropriate technology
Appropriate Farm Technologies Workshop

Ugandian villagers
Village Scene 

Tasting coffee
Tasting Delicious Coffee 

Safari fun
Fun on the Safari 

Nasenyi women outside of hut
Nasenyi Women 

Learning about appropriate farm engineering
Appropriate Farm Engineering 

Kulanu-Abayudaya water project
Kulanu Abayudaya
Water Project 

Giraffe at Murchison Falls
Giraffe Seen on the Safari

Farmer's field trip
Farmer Field Trip

The adult literacy project
Adult Literacy Project

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Ugandan Kids
Ugandan Kids

Nasenyi Kids Eating
Nasenyi Kids Eating

Solar dried fruit projectDried Fruit Workshop 

Running water - Ugandians filling water jugs.Running Water

Namatumba womenNamatumba Women 

Mama Ruth with new seed sowerMama Ruth with 
New Seed Sower 

Foot Treadle water pump demonstrationFoot Treadle Water Pump

Fabulous JJ-Keki co-creator coffee projectJJ-Keki Co-Creator
Coffee Project

Dinnah at microfinance in Naseny.Dinnah at Microfinance
in Nasenyi 

Coffee coop membersCoffee Co-op Members

Boats at Mburo Sunset

Abayudaya Kids

Namatumba Menorah Namatumba Menorah 

LAura Wetzler and coffee leaders
Laura and Coffee Leaders

Ugandan Kids
Ugandan Children Eating

new kitchen
New Kitchen

little girl
Little Girl

Ugandan Children

Ugandan Children

Women carry moreWomen Carry More

Water at Namatumba
Water at Namatumba

Wildlife- Wart-hog on the lawn
Warthog on the Lawn

Safarri Giraffes
Safari Giraffes

Safari Animals

Lovely Uganda
Lovely Uganda

Dried fruit training
Dried Fruit Training

Elephants Seen on Safari 

Abayuda family outside their hut
Abayudaya Family 

Women's Association
Womens' Association

Writing on the WallThe Writing Wall

Abayudaya Children
Abayudaya Children 

Music 7 Dance Fest
Music & Dance Fest 
Mt. Elgon
Mount Eglon
Seth and Dr. Wamani
Seth & Dr. Wamani 
Namatumba Village
Namatumba Village
Tour Lake Mburo
Tour of Lake Mburo
Main Synoagogue Nabagoye Hill
Nabagoye Hill 
Music Fest
Music Fest 
Namonyonyi Women
Namonyonyi Women 
SK Electricity

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