Throughout human history, we have carved a personal space for ourselves. In the prehistoric era it was a cave hidden out of sight, in our time it’s a man-made cave with a place for cooking, entertainment, guests and sleeping. The idea of a home has always been a part of our existence for several reasons. 

A home provided our hunter-gatherer ancestors a place of safety from predators and unfamiliar groups. It was a shelter from harsh weather and uncertain climate. That is why home is where the heart is. It has always been a place where our hearts rejoice, relax and be ourselves. The Covid-19 lockdown around the world has once again reminded us of the safety of our homes. Only this time the enemy does not carry a gun nor is it a big bad predator. It’s a minuscule virus that has so far caused massive damages.

Though COVID-19 has completely appended our lives, it has also reminded us that we have homes. We have places of refuge in times of uncertainty. Not all of us are lucky enough though. We have seen the news of refugees seeking new homes across barren deserts and deep seas. Risking it all for something we all took for granted until a little string of biological code reminded us to stay home.

So many of us have taken up new hobbies or reignited our forgotten passions. Rather than seeing this moment as an unbearable prison. So many of us have opened up to the idea that #StayingHome is an opportunity to catch up on sleep, relax or explore books we have been meaning to read. Writing poems we have been putting off for years. Sometimes it’s just finishing that last season of money heist that does it. 

Since January, we have gotten a second chance to reconnect with ourselves again. Yes! It took a global crisis to thrust us into a collective moment of introspection. We should value it nonetheless because it has reminded us of what we care about the most. Friends, Family, colleagues, neighbours, countrymen and fellow human beings.

For now, though, stay home and prepare for the moment we will embrace each other again. Eventually, we will share a beer overlooking lake Victoria. Telling stories of the year we thought the world was coming to an end. Yes! It will feel like home and we will rejoice together. 

In Luganda Ewaka means home, so we welcome you to this eco-friendly home for travellers here in Kampala. We Can not wait to share our home with you once again once the current situation changes. For now, enjoy seeing the amazing projects we have been/are getting done during the social distancing. 

While the pandemic has brought our world to a halt, we have been cooped up in our homes. Adjusting to new routines, unleashing our creativity and most importantly introspection.

Here at Ewaka, we have been getting things ready for when we can travel again. We have just finished our new website so you can keep up with your home in Kampala. We started work before the lockdown, working on a complete transformation of Ewakia. Turning it into your eco-friendly home in the heart of Kampala.

Our focus has been on creating eco-conscious art, upcycling waste into quirky art pieces. Plastic can last up to 500 years, so we figured it would make “timeless” art. It is better as an art piece instead of polluting Lake Victoria. To get all the litter we need for the art we started sorting our trash into plastic, general waste and compost. This helps us pick out the stuff we can upcycle so we can reduce our overall waste. It has also been great for our garden to have organic fertilizer made from our multiple compost bins. We use the compost to improve the fertility of the garden where we grow everything from beans to herbs. 

To live eco-friendly at Ewaka we will be hosting a community of environmentally conscious artists, dancers, singers and activists. We have a big garden that is perfect for celebrating our love for mother nature with beautiful art, compelling stories and an atmosphere to match our passion. Once the coronavirus measures are loosened we will look forward to hosting you and creating memories together.

Do not despair in the separation we all feel now. One day soon we’ll have a moment to explore nature, art and the sweet embrace of the pearl of Africa.

Keep the social distance until we can welcome you home!

The Baganda translated “Hill of the Impala” as Akasozi ke’Empala. This was then shortened to K’empala and finally Kampala. “Kasozi” means “hill”, “ke” “of”, and “empala” the plural of “impala”.