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May 8, 2019

Spending time in Uganda has a way of giving you new perspective about life. Internally it changes how you look at contentment, joy, and purpose; and externally it impacts how you look at almost everything, from your abundance of food and resources, and most certainly the public education system that is available through our tax dollars.

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.

June 1, 2017

In two weeks time I will have the joy and privilege of beginning yet another trip to Uganda. All of these trips are unique, as each team of volunteers is new, and the tasks before us are often changing. It brings me great hope reconnecting with our courageous staff that are on the ground serving day in and day out, and to hear updates on the small and large victories and challenges we are both facing and overcoming. 

In the middle of June a lot of firsts will be happening when our team is in country, so keep an eye on our social media accounts t...

July 29, 2016

Like many others in the U.S., I’ve become a bit obsessed with the musical, "Hamilton," specifically its soundtrack. The songs have been a consistent companion on my travels throughout the summer, and I find I constantly have Hamilton lyrics running through my head. I have a Hamilton earworm! 

The closing number of the show is, “Who Lives, Who Dies. Who Tells Your Story”.  This refrain, more than any other, echoes in my mind as I walk the red dirt paths of Uganda. Here in Uganda there are so many stories. Stories of loss. Stories of tragedy. Stories o...

July 29, 2016

What is Uganda?

I could describe the buildings without electricity or the latrines without running water, but that is not all that Uganda is.

I could tell you of the schools with no books or a classroom filled with one hundred children, but that is not what Uganda is either.

Uganda is Sandy, who wanted to teach me Luo, and laughed with me as I struggled to understand her language.

Uganda is Gift who wanted to know how my camera worked, and then made the other children laugh when she took their picture.

Uganda is Gloria and Mercy and so many other girls w...

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