When the Peace Corps came to the Blue House
When Charles Lilley joined the Peace Corps at age 60 (yes, they take them that “old”), he was surprised to be assigned to Uganda, a country he knew of through his sister, Karen Lilley, US Board member. Karen had visited the Blue House in Kazo Uganda during the 2013–14 Christmas holidays, along with their sister Marian and her daughter Hannah. She knew Charles would love the people and the country as much as they had. And he has.
In March 2017, Karen and her husband, Dave Hansen, went to Uganda to see “PC Charley” and of course, the girls at the Blue House. Charles did what Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) do best: organize, engage, involve, educate, and have fun. He invited other PCVs to put on a camp for the Blue House girls and the Kazo community.
Charles, now having lived in eastern Uganda almost 2 years, teamed up with four other PCVs: David McHolland, Kelly Drummond, Scott Walters, and Mackenzie Leonard, who came from the north, south, and west of Kazo, to converge at the Blue House for a couple of days of learning, games, and camp t-shirts.
The Blue House girls and staff, as well as the girls who live with relatives, the sewing school students, and some Kazo-area farmers, benefited from the Peace Corp Camp. The photos below tell the rest of the story.