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    Welcome to my personal Blog. Here you can read about me, what keeps me busy and what inspires me. To give you an overview of what I’ve been doing over the last few years, I’ve selected a number of (blog)posts. Most have been posted on NABUUR before: consider them as ‘legacy crossposts’… highlights of what I find most important.

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    The same team that ran for Jinja in October 2007 did it again last Sunday!

    12 kilometers on the Formula-1 race track and the beach of Zandvoort, the Netherlands.(link in Dutch)

    So far we’ve collected 550 EURO, and some more funds are still coming in.

    There are a few projects that Paul wants to spend the money on:
    - shipment of tools for a carpentry workshop & training
    - repairing the monitors that have broken
    - building a temporary structure (school) in Kajjansi

    More updates on these projects soon!


    Read more about the Jinja project here!

    35 local community representatives (28 from NABUUR villages), 500 business cards, 1 entertainment group and a welcoming venue made up for a successful Meet2Connect event in Kampala, Uganda on 21 February 2009.

    “I now have people to turn to directly, when I am facing challenges”
    “Two heads know more than one”

    The purpose of the event was to connect local community representatives so that they get to know each other and their projects. And it worked!

    After a practical introduction to networking, which really boosted the energy level in the room, it was time to put the networking in practice: groups were formed based on location -”I finally got to know the people who are around me” – and on issue, successes were shared and a lot of ideas, contacts and addresses were exchanged: 500 blank business cards, to be personalized by the local representatives with their details, were gone by halfway into the afternoon.

    Just the beginning…More meetups to come!

    During the day a group of Local Reps spontaneously decided to form a meet-up group: they will be meeting on a regular basis to learn from each other’s projects & experiences. If you missed this during the day or were not able to attend the event, but want to join this group: you can still contact Paul Bulenzi at

    Preparation AND mental support made last Sunday’s run a success: 10 kilometers in 55 minutes, 20 seconds!!
    We made a short video of the event:


    In the meantime we’ve gathered nearly 1000 euro. That’s enough for the shipment… and training a few people. Time to discuss priorities with Paul and BEHOD board :lol:

    Pelle and Marijntje

    Find more updates about the Jinja Central project here.