June 22, 2017

Knowledge is power. And the internet is a huge repository of knowledge. In Western society, we often take our unencumbered access to the internet for granted. Teachers at schools in the US, and most other developed countries, have access to this giant knowledge-base at their literal fingertips. However, this is not the case for teachers in severely budget-restricted schools in Uganda, and lots of other under-developed countries of the world. If a student asks the teacher a question that the teacher doesn’t know the answer to and isn’t in the very li...

June 21, 2017

Technology is ingrained in our culture in so many forms that it is second nature to us. It’s hard to imagine that there are places in the world that not only don't have that same exposure to technology, but also aren't aware of the fact that it exists. Two years ago, I was given the opportunity to join a team traveling to Uganda with the goal of bringing laptops to FODU partner schools and introducing their children and teachers to technology that could change how and what they learn in and outside of classrooms. It was an ambitious goal and we knew...

July 29, 2016

There’s nothing quite like being dropped into direct interaction with thousands of welcoming children and motivated teachers. We stepped off the bus on Day 1 of our visit and immediately found ourselves amidst a hundred students eager to show us a game or to demonstrate their knowledge. Days into a trip or an impactful experience like this, I often want to teleport others who can’t be here so they can experience it directly. I’d trade a few of my days so that others could experience it first-hand. It’s so difficult to adequately translate the experi...

July 28, 2015

Today, the third day of our Uganda trip was spent at Wakiso Primary School on the outskirts of Kampala. Each day, my being has been emotionally flooded with feelings of excitement and happiness simply seeing the pure smiles on these kids’ faces. Yet, I have also been torn seeing the hardships and suffering many of these kids have experienced in their past or continue to experience due to lack of simple and basic human needs.

To welcome us this morning, our FoDU team was treated with entertainment by the kids of Wakiso. The entertainment consisted of...

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