Ugandan Women with her daughters (blurred faces)

Battling Hope and Despair Under the Ugandan Sun

In the summer of 2013, I spent my month-long break from my Master’s program in International Development volunteering at a locally run community development organization in Uganda. This blog post is a journal entry I wrote reflecting on my time there about 6 months later. Written: February 2014 When the heat of the sun’s rays …

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Uganda Journals Week 4: Murchison Falls Safari & Chimpanzee Tracking

July 22, 2013 So it’s been a few weeks and I have a lot to catch everyone up on about my travels. Since I last blogged I went hiking at Sipi Falls, which consisted of a relatively steep and muddy hike to three different but equally beautiful and magnificent waterfalls. The landscape was lush, and …

Uganda Journals Week 3: HIV/Family Planning Classes, Bed Bugs, & Bacterial Infections

July 13, 2013 I know it probably seems like I’m just messing around and being a tourist in Uganda, but I really am volunteering during the weeks in between all of the fun! In Bandali village the last few weeks I continued to work on Adult Literacy classes and HIV/ Family Planning. For the literacy …

Uganda Journals Week 2: Village Life and Rafting Down the Nile River

July 5th, 2013 A lot has happened since my last post but I will try to sum it all up. We have weekends free, since the organization doesn’t have any weekend projects setup. So, Saturday I went white water rafting on the Nile River on grade five rapids which was amazing! We flipped four times …

Uganda Journals Week 1: Adapting to Africa Time

June 27, 2013 I am spending the next month volunteering at a local grassroots nonprofit organization called Arise and Shine Uganda (AASU) based out of Jinja. AASU aims to provide education, health and community development programs to rural villages outside of Jinja, with an orphanage/refuge for children with special needs who have been abandoned by …