Peace Corps Uganda

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”:

“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

“These students attend the primary school where I work as a literacy specialist within the Primary Literacy Project of Uganda Peace Corps. Every single student in my school had a book in his or her hand and it warmed my heart to see the joy on their faces. Book by book we are bringing a reading culture to Uganda.” - Peace Corps Volunteer Sandra Mattison


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 -

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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“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.

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