Greetings to all of our family and friends!
We hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season! Both the GlobeMed at UCLA chapter and the Nwoya Youth Center staff are on holiday as of this writing and it’s safe to say that we are cherishing our time spent with loved ones. A more thorough and quantitative project report will be coming from Alfred, the center manager, as he returns from holiday, but we will give you brief updates for now!
One of the biggest updates from the center is that two of our counselors, Beatrice and Charles, have learned how to ride (drive) motorbikes! Previously, they were often driven out to the field and would call to be picked up when their sessions were over. Their new abilities allow them to ride to schools on their own, providing independence and allowing the center’s programs to work more efficiently, as communication and fuel costs have been lessened. We are very proud of their efforts and excited to see pictures of them on their bikes!
We would also like to spend a brief moment thanking one of our nearest and dearest friends and partners, Okello Stephen, for all of his work with the Nwoya Youth Center. In December, Stephen, one of the Nwoya Youth Center’s longest tenured counselors moved back to Gulu, a larger city two hours outside of Anaka, to pursue other academic and career opportunities. We thank him so much for his dedication to the community and to us, his partners, and we wish him nothing but the best in all his future ambitions! He will surely be missed, but we know he has great things ahead.
This also means that the Nwoya Youth Center is in the process of hiring a new counselor to help with project implementation. We are so happy to hear that we will have one more person to add to our family and to help achieve all of the work that we aim to do!
Within our chapter, we wrapped a great fall quarter, which began with the arrival of thirty-one fresh and energetic faces and ended even more energy and $2365 (and counting!) for the Nwoya Youth Center. Next quarter, we will be partnering with BFI at UCLA to put on a Valentine’s Day event called Achy Breaky Heart, from which proceeds will benefit the Nwoya Youth Center and Save A Child’s Heart. We will be hosting our annual Global Get Down, a talent show featuring some of UCLA’s finest musical and dance performers. We are also currently in the process of planning for an event for the World Day of Social Justice on February 20.
We are so thankful to have our chapter and partner’s endless commitment, both of time and love, and cannot wait to see how much we achieve in the future. Thank you for your support in 2012 and we’ll see you in 2013!
Happy New Year! Long live GlobeMed and long live the Nwoya Youth Center!
GlobeMed at UCLA
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