24 August 2009


We're without milk. Due to the prolonged drought, milk production has plummetted. Noah is down to one cup of chocolate milk every couple days and French toast has been nixed from the monthly meal plan.
When we lived in Mukono our neighbor had several dairy cows. He filled a plastic container every morning with fresh milk and hung it on our fence. The milk had to be boiled and strained for hairs, bugs and other suspicious lumps, but it was cheap and really the only option for us.
Moved to Kampala and we still drank freshly boiled raw milk because we had been trained. But Noah began to stink from his milk consumption. See in Kampala the cows plod along eating trash and whatever little bit of grass they can find. So the milk smells and tastes like trash.
The last year we buy pasteurized milk in 1 liter plastic bags. We use about 12 liters of milk a week. We are huge milk consumers by Ugandan standards. A couple of weeks ago the price of bagged milk went from 1,300 shillings to 2,000 shillings. No problem, we just drank less. But this last week there has been no milk anywhere in Kampala.
So we are ultra rationing now because we moved to the heat treated milk sent from the U.K. in little boxes.
Not to worry. We are experts at rationing. We have survived 5 consecutive weeks of no electricity, 4 days with no water, 6 weeks of no petrol for the cars and weeks without propane for my stove. Life here is always an adventure.


Kathy said...

Wow! I am a big milk drinker, and one of the things I most looked forward to when I came home from Uganda was having plenty of milk. Sorry that you have had to cut back so much! I know that following God to Uganda means life isn't always easy for your family. May God bless you for what you are sacrificing for His sake.

The mama from Redeemer House Orphanage in Busiga has been telling me that food is getting more expensive, and our money is not going nearly as far. I hadn't heard yet about the lack of milk. And I expect it will get worse before it gets better. It's good to know that God knows. It just makes it that much more important for us to follow His directives to care for the widows and orphans.

Kabiza said...

I am saddened by your comments regarding Uganda...maybe this is the wrong place for you.

I have bought milk daily from local dukas and from supermarkets including local cheese and butter...the local milk does not, does not come from cows that eat garbage, it comes from proper dairy farms in western Uganda, places such as Mbarara, take a three hour drive and see for yourself. Price wise I am paying 1000 shillings 50 cents for a liter of bulk milk and 1500 75 cents for a plastic sack from the dairy in Western Uganda.I do not have to resort to UHT milk imported from other places.

There has been no gasoline shortage or diesel fuel shortage since January of 2008 when the elections in Kenya took place and transportation of fuel was interrupted...The price has gone up slightly in recent times.

Propane gas shortage, at times Shell has been out, but I have had no disruption of propane gas for the last two years.

Water and electricity...water is in short supply, I was four days without, but one adapts...electricity has been much better than it used to be in the 90's...and will get better as the new power plant comes on line and the diesel fuel for power generations is available.

Your blog sounded like you are martyr for Jesus sake...hmmm.. many Ugandans would be deeply offended by your comments and saddened as I was

Melinda said...

Tell Christine that I have another business idea for her : ) How much do dairy cows cost?

Not sure what Kabiza's issue with you was. I guess that is what happens when people don't read the entire post, only skim it. Oh well!

Jeff said...

Hello Kabiza

Sorry for your saddeness over the recent post... the purpose of the blog is not to hurt Ugandans or misrepresent the country but to give friends and family back home a picture of life in Uganda for an American.

Quick fact check:
Yes, my wife was referring to the gas shortage in Jan '08
The 4 days without water was due to a broken pump on our well
The 5 weeks with no power was a broken power transform... and so on...

It is possible that the milk shortage is not affecting Western Uganda but it is effecting Kampala according to the New Vision... http://www.newvision.co.ug/detail.php?newsCategoryId=12&newsId=691602

On a personal note... we love Uganda and could stay here forever... maybe we could meet some time because often things are misunderstood in blogs... I am sure you would find that we have a love for Uganda in common...