Peace Corps Uganda

I’ve been super inspired by the language moodboards I’ve seen around, and I thought I’d give it a shot with the language I learned during my two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in central Uganda - Luganda. Besides I haven’t seen too many African languages represented!

For those who aren’t familiar, from Wikipedia, The Ganda language, Luganda is one of the major languages in Uganda, spoken by five million Baganda and other people principally in Southern Uganda, including the capital Kampala. It belongs to the Bantu branch of the Niger–Congo language family. Typologically, it is a highly agglutinating language with subject–verb–object word order and nominative–accusative morphosyntactic alignment. With about four million first-language-speakers in the Buganda region and a million others who are fluent, it is the most widely spoken Ugandan language. As second language it follows English and precedes Swahili. The language is used in some primary schools in Buganda as pupils begin to learn English, the primary official language of Uganda. Until the 1960s, Luganda was also the official language of instruction in primary schools in Eastern Uganda.

“This picture was taken just outside of Fort Portal, Uganda. In my community, dogs are not pets but I chose to raise a puppy. Often times, community members would exclaim in suprise on how my dog walked on a leash, or sat on command, and how she was so "fat”. One day, I came home and found that my landlady had introduced a new puppy to our compound. The dog was wearing a “collar” made of a piece of wire and a corn cob painted red. I realized that day, that even if I did nothing else in my community, my presence makes a difference. Over two years, I saw behavior towards dogs change. People started feeding dogs and strays. Community members were seen walking dogs on “leashes” and kids played with their dogs. It’s very rewarding to see this positive behavior. It was also amusing when my landlady tried to trade the dog shown in this picture for mine.” - Peace Corps Volunteer Tiffany Tai http://bit.ly/1TqgSw1

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My sister is currently in the Peace Corps in Uganda, and at the beginning of April she found some abandoned puppies in the middle of the road. She ended up finding homes for all seven of them, and kept a little girl for herself!

This is Noni, my niece puppy, at 1.5 weeks, 5 weeks, 8 weeks and 10 weeks. Interestingly, we don’t know her breed, since Ugandan dogs don’t exactly have them – they’re descended from wild dogs and European settlers’ dogs. What does she look like to you?

You sign up for Peace Corps and you think you’re going to save the world. You start Peace Corps and you think you’re going to save a country. You get to site and you think you’re going to save your village. Each day you realize that it is the interactions with various individuals, even just one, throughout your service that mean the most
—  “A kind soul with a broken sole”: http://1.usa.gov/1Lxqlhv

“I took this photo during the Northern Camp BUILD (Boys of Uganda in Leadership and Development) in the middle of the week on April 6, 2014. In the middle of playing with a hula hoop from a base pack kit, the camper looked out towards the incoming storm clouds and I snapped the picture. I imagine him taking a brief moment to see further than he physically saw into the distance.”

There are 154 volunteers in Uganda working with their communities on projects in English education, agriculture and health, including volunteers in the Global Health Service Partnership program. More than 1,405 Peace Corps volunteers have served in Uganda since the program was established in 1964.

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Farida. 10 years old. Future policewoman. // “I hear a soft knock outside my classroom door today and there stands one of my reading intervention pupils. She wants to practice writing her name and soon we got to talking. She gazes at me, smiles, and says that she feels most beautiful when wearing her hijab. I have her put it on to show me and she was clearly correct. She giggles and asks if I will go to mosque with her one day; I happily comply but only if she lets me borrow her "smartest” hijab. We pinky promise and she continues writing her name over and over again with a joyful grin across her face. I think I made a new friend today.” - @PeaceCorps Volunteer Kelsey Sabo
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It is easy to romanticize a life with limited connectivity: candles, campfires and conversations. And how creative of the Ugandans to keep their insulin floating in a ceramic pot buried in the dirt. But the reality is that the only difference between the boy in southwest Uganda and the boy in anytown, USA is one was born powerless, the other empowered at birth. The Oxford dictionary defines power as “the ability or capacity to do something.” It is how things get done.

Picture this: A tale of two babies - ONE.org

This picture, taken in April 2013 in Uganda, shows villagers registering for long-lasting, insecticide-treated malaria bed nets. The SPA grant-funded project, called “No More Malaria!: Village Drama Outreach, Podcasting and Programming for World Malaria Month 2013,” was led by returned Volunteer Chelsea Milko in partnership with her host organization, Radio Pacis.

The project empowered 2,500 people in four rural West Nile villages with a life-saving malaria prevention information presented in the form of a live-acted Lugbara language drama, malaria bed net repair races, malaria jeopardy games, selection of malaria ambassadors and distribution of 450 nets. In addition, an English-language recorded version of the drama was distributed to all Peace Corps Uganda Volunteers and played on nine radio stations reaching 12 million listeners across Uganda and parts of DRC and South Sudan. Chelsea also delivered malaria sessions to 50 radio presenters and journalists about malaria behavior change programming.

- Peace Corps Community Development Volunteer Chelsea Milko