Project #9940

US Students Electrify Classrooms in Rural Uganda

by Women's Microfinance Initiative
Jun 5, 2012

College students arrive in Uganda

Dan, Xaveria, Danielle arrive at WMI in Buyobo
Dan, Xaveria, Danielle arrive at WMI in Buyobo

The Journey Begins

June 3, 2012 by WMI college intern team

Malembe! After a long, tumultuous, sweaty journey, we have arrived in Buyobo. Considering we
are going to be here for a couple of months we thought we should start this blog by introducing ourselves.

We are WMI's summer collgege interns. From Toronto,Canada we have 21 year old Danielle DaCosta, a recent Anthropology graduate from McGill University.  From Stockholm Sweden we have Xaviera Alvarez-Nordstrom, a 22 year-old Classics student at Glasgow University.  And finally, Dan Higgins, a 25 year-old International Development student from Essex, England.

Since arriving on Friday afternoon we have been overwhelmed by the friendly welcome we have received and the beauty of Buyobo. Our highlight so far being the WMI meeting we attended today which began with a note-perfect welcome song from the BWA women and some of the borrowers.

We are super excited about our time here and are eager to get involved in helping the WMI in any way we can. As we all know nothing really goes to plan in Africa, however, we have a few activities that we hope to accomplish, or at least make some progress with, over the next two months. These include, helping some of the WMI
workers with their computer skills, carrying out some surveys of the borrowers, help out at Buyobo Primary School however we can and raise awareness about the importance of water filters by way of organizing a raffle with filters as the prize. 

But our main job is to ensure the Walt Whitman High School interns that are coming in a couple of weeks have an enjoyable and productive time and make some great new friends here in the village.  Six of the high school students are returning interns – this will be their second visit to Buyobo, so they already know more about village life and WMI’s work here than we do!

The initial solar panel system project sponsored by the high school students has already been installed in the 3 new classrooms in Buyobo (which were built and funded by the high school interns over the two previous years).  We will work with the high school students to double check the installation and hopefully add some capacity to it while they are here.  The teacher’s tea and bun program is also being renewed by the high school students.  We are meeting with the assistant head teacher, Ambrose Masolo, to find out how the program has helped Buyobo Primary
School teachers be more effective.

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Women's Microfinance Initiative

Location: Bethesda, MD - USA
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Project Leader:
Robyn Nietert
Bethesda, MD United States

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