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