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After I posted the picture of me, Baba and Annita, Beth asked me in the comments if that was really her given name. Yes -- the kids have two names, with what we think of as the surname first and then a christian name, and usually the first name sounds "African" to us, and the second is usually a name that resembles our given names. With some variations. And some of the kids use both names, some go by their more African name.

They asked me my full name, and several of them think I should be called Elizabeth, because of Catherine Elizabeth. Most of them got to Auntie Cate by the end of the week, though Alex and Baba call me Ketti.

I still haven't puzzled this through, since the first name isn't exactly a surname (siblings don't usually share this name), but it sort of is. It definitely denotes something about the tribe or village the person is from. Mr. RDC and our director share the same African name, for example.

One of the things we did was ask all of the kids to tell us which name they want to go by. So now we have an "official" list. Except for Rafiki, who might change his name to Nelly.

So. Deheri (her Christian name) in my hat. She is stunning.


The little boys, eating mango in front of our land rover. Brian, Kiisa, Enock, Anald, Alex and Asward. (If you can tell the difference between Anald and Asward, you get an extra helping of matooke. I still can't. Jordan says one of them has more sticky out ears).


Brendah, our tomboy, in my hat, and Moses. (Auntie Lillian gave me the hat so I wouldn't bake my muzungu brains. The kids made a game of putting it on. Which was fine, except for the fact that a couple of them have this head lump fungus thing. I think now I need to purell my hat).


Posted by CateinTO 11:45 Archived in Uganda Tagged volunteer

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