Since the school year is officially over, the Miami team is finalizing preparations before departing.
First, I would like to congratulate the three grads that are accompanying me on this project, my brother, Scott, one of Miami’s chapter leaders, Nithya, and our newest member, Nakia. I am so excited to experience this with all of you.
Second, I would like to offer those that may not know, a little background about Nourish International and our project in Nkokonjeru, Uganda. Nourish International, is a nationwide, student movement to affect extreme poverty. They encourage students to make a sustainable impact and create new opportunities for change. For our project, my chapter chose to go to Nkokonjeru, Uganda to help about 40 teachers with their computer literacy. We created a six-week itinerary and will actually conduct the classes. We will be involved community awareness on top of our computer literacy lessons. We are focusing on computer literacy, to help enhance the school systems there. Right now, there are 65 students for very 1 teacher. We hope the implementation of Microsoft programs will help the teachers make more of a permanent impact on their students. We will be working with RASD, the Rural Agency for Sustainable Development. Citizens of Nkokonjeru Town Council founded the NGO in 2000, with the mission of alleviating poverty in the Mukono and Kayunga districts by improving public health and expanding economic opportunity. The organization’s master plan is to become self-sustaining by selling items produced by its occupational training programs.
After months of preparation, I am still in slight disbelief that the moment is so soon. Sometimes I felt that I dedicated more time to this project than my studies (sorry Mom and Dad). But I think it is a very worthy cause and worth very second I spent. I am so proud of my Nourish chapter, we have accomplished so much this year. Even with early disadvantages, we passed several milestones together and I cannot wait to see what the next few years have in store for us.
I know this post is not very exciting, but that will change as soon as we arrive in Uganda. I would like to close with a quote that my friend, Megan, shared with me:
“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago? Maybe that was what led Karen Blixen to say in Out of Africa, “Here I am, where I belong”.” Brian Jackman
Thank you for taking the time to read this and support our team and project. I hope you continue to follow this blog throughout our journey. My team and I will take turns in updating the blog to document our experiences throughout the project.