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Pupils work on computers at Ruhiira Twimukye Primary school.

Ruhiira has 20 government schools serving more than 11,000 children. After extensive construction in 2007, the MVP Ruhiira team has focused on completing upgrades at schools and continuing the school meals program, which serves twice-daily meals to all 11,000 children.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:17

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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The small shop of Gimeyi Atworekire, Kabuyanda.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:34

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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Pupils work on computers at Ruhiira Twimukye Primary school.

Ruhiira has 20 government schools serving more than 11,000 children. After extensive construction in 2007, the MVP Ruhiira team has focused on completing upgrades at schools and continuing the school meals program, which serves twice-daily meals to all 11,000 children.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:07

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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Two children laugh while sitting in front of some Matoke (green bananas), tomatoes and mature bananas being sold for a small income, Ruhiira Twimukye.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:02

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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Street scene in Kabuyanda, the site of the Ruhiira Millennium Village. The Ruhiira cluster is situated in the Isingiro District of southwestern Uganda. The region is characterized as a highland region with elevations ranging between 1350m and 1850m above sea level. Road are extremely poor or non-existent, making travel between the villages and commercial centers, such as Mbarara, very difficult. As a result, connecting villagers to schools, clinics, markets, electricity, communications and local government is a significant challenge.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:21:58

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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The maternity ward, Kabuyanda.

Ruhiira has six health facilities, all of which have received significant upgrades and new additions by the MVP. The MVP has also completed the largest health facility at Kabuyanda with an operating theater where cesarean sections can be performed. Health facilities in Ruhiira are staffed with more than 50 trained health staff. In an effort to improve maternal and child health, the Ruhiira team introduced a midwife program that increases the number of women delivering under supervised care at the clinics as well as increasing the number of women delivering under midwife care at home.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:21:48

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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Pupils work on computers at Ruhiira Twimukye Primary school.

The Millennium Villages in the Ruhiira cluster are spread over several hundred square kilometers with extremely poor or non-existent roads, making travel between the villages and commercial centers, such as Mbarara, very difficult. As a result, connecting villagers to schools, clinics, markets, electricity, communications and local government is a significant challenge.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:12

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

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Gimeyi Atworekire, 30, has a small shop where he sells airtime for cellphones in Kabuyanda.

Posted by tfgsummit on 2010-08-30 11:22:23

Tagged: , Benedicte Kurzen , VII , Africa , Uganda , Ruhiira , Rural area , village , banana plantation , banana , agriculture , dirt road , dirt , dust , walk , isolation , Millenium Village , children , school , pupils , computers , hospital , clinic , local , antenna , portraits , mobile phones , cell phones , phones , market , mothers , pregnancy , care , health , communication , laugh , women , men , UGA

planet Earth

planet Earth

This looks computer-generated. It isn’t.

Farewell Spit is one of the strangest places I have ever seen. A giant sandbar, it is constantly growing as rock from the Southern Alps erodes into the sea. The current carries the sand – including coal-dust – northward up the coast. At the narrows between North and South Island, the complex currents cause the sand grains to settle. The bar stretches 22.5km from its 1.5km wide base at its western end. Its eastern tip, which is slightly south of its western end, grows by 15m a year, representing a steady deposition of tens of thousands of tons of sand each year.

You reach the Spit from Collingwood. The road follows the western and northern shore of Golden Bay, then ends at a gate, after which you’re on the beach. A little while later, a track crosses from the beach on the southern, Golden Bay side of the spit, to the ocean side, where it debouches on the beach. As you travel east, you travel first over a flat-lying reach of sand with no dunes. After about 3km you find yourself in the area shown here where the wide beach ends in low dunes. For the next 15km the beach runs alongside a series evenly spaced Barchan dunes that gradually get bigger. Findally, in the last 5km, the dunes are gone and the Spit seems to be trying to huddle lower and lower into the sea.

Coal measures underly the bay, and the coal dust carried in the wind and by the waves gives the sand an unearthly series of patterns. The Bay was once the site of coal mines, but all that remains today are a few rusting relics. It was also once the site of a minor gold rush – hence the name of the bay, which had earlier, and perhaps more honestly, been first called Murder Bay (some white sailors got their tickets punched), and later Massacre Bay (some Maori got curtailed).

The Spit was classified as a Ramsar site in 1976.

Posted by Kalense Kid on 2010-01-10 10:22:51

Tagged: , New Zealand , South Island , Golden Bay , landscape , Farewell Spit , sand , ripples , huge , isolation , desolation , is what you feel , NZ101: Farewell Spit , tasman-nz