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April 26, 2018

My name is Yiga Joshua Mulungi a proud Ugandan; from a humbled family of four children in the Wakiso district of Kampala. I was born with three siblings, but my younger brother and my youngest sister both died to untold illness before reaching the age of two. The following year, when I was only 7, my mother also died suddenly after experience headache-like symptoms for only a week’s time. I can’t remember how they looked or how their voices were, but I know they were wonderful. It was especially difficult for my surviving sister and I the following...

July 28, 2017

Words and pictures will not be sufficient to capture what I have experienced today.  I will, however, record this account to help me remember as much as I can.

July 26, 2017

What a day! Over a thousand students attend Bungatira Primary School in Gulu, Uganda, a school with 1098 students and 19 teachers. Nineteen teachers for 1098 students! Math is not my strong suit but it's obvious that student: teacher ratio is CRAZY high. Fields of Dreams Uganda has provided the school with a social worker one day per week. FoDU’s social workers move between schools each day (5 schools each week) and service over 1000 students per school. I'm a school counselor and all of these numbers blow me away. My case load per week is l...

July 25, 2017

This trip marks my return to Uganda with Fields of Dreams Uganda. Yesterday we made the journey from Kampala to Gulu. Two years ago it was a long bumpy drive that lasted about eight hours. This year newly paved roads all the way to Gulu, instead of just part way, made the countryside even more beautiful on the only six hour journey.

March 10, 2017

Today was our final day of distributing hygiene kits to the beautiful young women of New Kabale Busega. The response we received from the girls during our presentation and discussion time was amazing. I loved hearing them say, loud and proud, what they love about themselves, what they dream of doing in the future, what they are proud of, and that they are women of substance. Hearing the girls say that their lives have a purpose, their stories are important, and their voices matter is so empowering to them, their peers, and even to me.

I am so proud t...

March 8, 2017

I remember hair products and lip gloss being a pretty big deal when I was about 13. 

Hair products and lip gloss were pretty big deals when my daughter and her friends were about 13 too. 

Oh, the luxury of being a middle class teenage girl in the United States. 

There are certain universalities to this age. 

Not having a uniform when everyone else at school does stings. Being left out of a secret or being teased because you have cheap shoes hurts. Girls around the globe want to feel loved and accepted. 

There are other universalities. Too many children a...

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