Uganda, Women of Sseko

{the time has come}

Well. The day has come. For any one who has talked to me in the past 2 months, there was probably a peculiar longing in my voice that likely could have been attributed to my excitement for our new Country Director to arrive in Uganda.

Well the funny longing voice is gone. Julie has arrived. Julie will be supervising and managing most of our Uganda side logistics. This includes everything from fancy meetings with Parliament members regarding export regulations (Monday) or trudging ankle-deep through the narrow, muddy paths of Owino market looking for tools to revamp our workshop (today.)

As I sit writing this, Julie is decorating our room with cool vintage record covers. Oh, how I appreciate a girl who puts some elbow grease into her aesthetic surroundings. Even if it is a kind of janky room in the middle of East Africa.

And she loves organization. Can you sense a trend in the type of people I tend to hire?? Like grandma always said…Hire your weakness!! (Note of disclousure: My grandmother never actually said those words, but I am sure someone’s did.)

Oh. And she laughs at most my jokes. Pretty hard. Could this get any better??

Here are a few words from her to you. I’m sure you will be hearing much more. Enjoy!


Dear world wide web,

Allow me to introduce myself.  I am Julie Beckstrom.  I have brown hair and blue eyes.  I love things like coffee, headscarves, traveling, the occasional reality tv show, etc.  I hate things like tea, wet socks, boring things, and waking up early.  I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining Sseko, living in Uganda, and working with the girls.  I’m excited to combine my love for this place with the mission of Sseko.  Plus, I get to work with some adorable shoes and even more adorable women.  I’ve just started on this journey, but I get butterflies when I think of where it may take me, and I’d love to keep you posted on the way there!  That’s all I have for now…I wouldn’t want to overwhelm you since we just met, but you can expect to hear more from me before long.

(**this picture was taken right before Julie hopped, scratch that, THREW HERSELF OFF, the world’s tallest bungee jump. what can we say? the Sseko crew is full of risk takers***)

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  • Reply Grandmother January 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Hey Jules Enjoyed reading your introduction to you! Sounds like you are in the right place at the right time. When you have a minute, put your feet up, grab an "elf" and ponder your good fortune. And Remember how much I love ya

  • Reply Wendy January 25, 2010 at 3:38 am

    its so weird that at this time last week I was at your house helping you pack the record covers! I am SO happy to hear about the great adventure you are having. i will send a picture of me so hope room doesnt miss my beautiful face too much : ) love you.

  • Reply Brandon Butcher January 27, 2010 at 4:43 am


    I am so excited that you are joining the Sseko team and starting this adventure. I hope that it is filled with many moments of life, love and joy. Happy directing!

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