Recently my wife and I opened a coffee shop in Gulu, Northern Uganda. It is right in the center of town, on Market Rd., two doors down from Jojo’s Palace and across from Hotel Diplomat. Café Larem (the Acholi word for “friendship”, pronounced la-REHM) is currently the only place in Gulu to get a cup of freshly-brewed coffee or speciality coffee drink, such as a latte, cappuccino, or mocha. We also serve American-style pastries, including items such as chocolate chip cookies, six internet stations for laptops and a range of newspapers to enjoy with snacks, as well as indoor and outdoor seating. A portion of the proceeds provides medical care for the children of St. Jude’s orphanage. We opened our doors on June 1, 2009 and were an immediate success with the large number of expats there – aid workers, researchers, and missionaries. As a result, it’s proved to be a great place to connect with other Westerners in Gulu. Our hours are Mon-Sat, 8-8, and Sun 12-8. Our phone number is 0777585062. You can also read customers’ reviews online by googling “Cafe Larem”. Rita and Justin Garson (the owners) are an American couple who moved to Gulu to volunteer, and felt the best way we could benefit the community was through starting a small business. Currently it’s run entirely by our fantastic Ugandan staff. Thanks!