We are coming to the end of our third week here in Uganda. Nothing too drastic has happened since our last blog post. The goat structure is nearly complete, we were able to help with the construction yesterday by carrying water to the site to make cement. We are looking forward to purchasing the 50 goats for the students of Hope Academy. Last night we had the pleasure of speaking to the founder of Uganda Rural Fund, John Mary Lugemwa. Although he lives in the U.S. as a the URF representative there, he has been able to follow the progress of our project as well as the work that the chapter has been doing regarding public speaking, debate, and youth empowerment.
We plan on visiting more secondary schools tomorrow and next week to give a presentation on the importance of education. In addition to these school visits, we are attempting to put in place a weekly public speaking/debate work shop at Hope Academy as well as an optional English enrichment meeting where students can come and practice english with us and ask us any question they might have. Last night the Davidson-UF chapter, joined by volunteers from Boston University aided students in filling out applications for leadership positions at the school. We were able to assist John, the Youth Empowerment Coordinator, and other administrators in interviewing students running for positions. Today is election day and we are all excited to learn who the leaders of this school year will be!
In addition to connecting with the students at Hope we have also been able to get to know the URF staff very well. Through taking school trips with John to playing cards with Charles we have been able to gain a deeper appreciation for who these people are and what they do at URF.
Charles, the Volunteer Coordinator has organized a trip for all of the Nourish volunteers. This weekend we are planning to go with him to Murchison falls to see some of the beautiful landscape that Uganda has to offer and take a game drive through one of Uganda’s national parks.
We are excited to see what the second half of our trip brings.
Sincerely, faithfully, yours, (as said by one of our students)
Cy, Mehrzaad, and Isabel
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