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Kutamba AIDS Orphans School Video

Click on the link below to see a short video that I made during my visit to Kutamba AIDS Orphans School: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwXgNRm4WWs I made it back to the States safely on August 11th.  Even though Uganda seems worlds away right now, the students, teachers, and community members that I met remain close to my heart.  … Continue reading

Saying Farewell (for now)

One of the great things about traveling is meeting all kinds of wonderful people.  The hard part is having to say good-bye when the journey ends. My journey at Nyaka ended yesterday, as I said my farewells to the students and teachers there.  It was a good day though.  I spent the entire morning  with … Continue reading

PE with P-2

As the students at Nyaka begin taking their end of term exams, today probably marked my last PE class with P-2.  After showing off their “Hokey-Pokey” skills, playing a few rounds of “Mr. Bear,” and learning “5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed,” we thought it was time for a group picture.  So, here we … Continue reading

One of those “good” days

One of the things that I’ve learned since being here is that some of the most meaningful moments can come out of experiences that I could have easily passed on.  Today was one of those days.  I woke up this morning planning to have a productive day working on my deliverable document and washing my … Continue reading

Visit to Millennium Village

This week, I traveled about four hours to Mbarara, Uganda’s second largest city.  It was a successful journey, and I even navigated the public bus system all by myself!  By the end of the trip, I was buying mangoes straight out of the windows just like everyone else.  You really can’t beat getting a dozen delicious mangoes … Continue reading

Celebrating Good Times and Student Achievement

Today we had a feast!  To celebrate the teachers and the wonderful work that they accomplished last school year with the P-7 students, the school’s inspector, Christine, invited the whole staff to the school for a delicious meal.  We feasted on goat, matooke (cooked, non-sweet bananas), rice, potatoes, ground nuts, and chapati (kind of like tortillas).  It was … Continue reading

A Week in Pictures

Here are some more pictures from the week: I made another visit to the Nyaka’s Community Library and Vocational/Agriculture Training site.  Teacher Agaba proudly showed me all of the work that is being done by local laborers who are busy tilling the soil.  They have done so much in just a few weeks time.  Given … Continue reading

Millennium Village Visit Next Week

Today marks an end to another school week here at Nyaka.  As always, it’s been busy and eventful.  I’m still working on completing the school’s model plan, which will be my main deliverable to the organization at the end of the summer.  The Nyaka AIDS Foundation is doing so much to try to uplift these rural communities, … Continue reading

Fun in the Sun!

I’m back into the normal swing of things here at Nyaka.  End of term examinations are just a few weeks away, so all of the students and teachers are busy preparing.  Today, I got to teach one of my favorite science lessons with my P-4 students: using shadows to measure time.  We learned that shadows … Continue reading

No Saints Required

One of the books that I’ve read this summer (courtesy of the Nyaka guesthouse collection) was Melissa Fay Greene’s There is No Me Without You.  Greene tells the true story of Haregewoin Teferra, a middle-class woman in Ethiopia who took on her country’s crisis by opening her home to AIDS orphans.  Over the years, hundreds … Continue reading