Welcome to the One Big Rock!

Welcome to all of you new and existing readers to One Big Rock. What’s with the name? Earth to some extent can be called a rock – although technically what’s Earth made of is a little more complex than that. Earth has multiple layers. The ocean basins and the continents compose the crust, the outermost layer. The crust is divided into huge plates that float on the mantle – and that mantle is made of mostly silicate rocks. Deep inside Earth, near its centre, lies the core which is mostly made up of nickel and iron. That’s the geology part. This blog is my attempt at a serious change that needs to happen if people of this planet are planning to accomplish an ambitious goal to make this rock a better place: less poor, less sicken, more equal and more green. This is not an easy task: development is a difficult work, work that requires efficient, effective and evidence-led programs. And that’s what I’ll be tapping into.

I am also a firm believer that we need to be the change we want to be. There’s no way around it.

I am starting this blog on a cusp of embarking on a very exciting, yet challenging journey into the landlocked country in east of Africa called by Churchill the ‘Pearl of Africa’ – Uganda. I’m taking a 6 month break from my marketing job in London to pack up my life in and live in a rural setting of Africa. I’ll be doing a 6 months placement as a project coordinator with Communities for Development. I’m going to be working together with the community members on new VSLA initiatives (community-based micro-savings groups) as well as helping them start up their own income generating activities. The NGO supports rural communities in achieving sustainable growth and reduce poverty by improving their financial ability to cover basic needs.

It is my intention that here you can catch up with the comings and goings of my life in Uganda as well as find out a little bit more about all things development (or at least those bugging me!).

So without further ado, let the blogging begin. Until next time.

Marta

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