Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hello from Kampala!

I have now been here just over a week and I think an update is long overdue. Uganda is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a while, so it’s absolutely amazing to finally be here.

My pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Shafique Pirani, is from here. When I was growing up, having a bunch of surgeries, I heard all about his trips back to work on the Uganda Sustainable Clubfoot Care Project. Throughout school, I remember focusing a few of my projects on this country and the work that my surgeon has done. When I volunteered in Kenya in 2012, I actually chose that country specifically because it was the closest to Uganda that I could find at the time.

My time here so far has been wonderful! It took a few days for me to settle in, adjust to the different time zone, and for all my meds to work properly on a different schedule. It's helped that I've begun school and work - I always like schedules, I know it's good for my mind and body. The girls I'm living with are so lovely and we've had lots of fun together so far. One thing I really enjoy is learning more about Uganda. We visited the National Mosque, also known as the Gaddafi Mosque, and had such a great tour guide. He was full of information and we got an amazing view of the area.

The first day of school was on Monday, and I'm so excited about the courses that I'm taking at Makerere. They sound extremely interesting and our professors seem lovely. On Tuesday I had my first day of work with Health Access Connect, a really cool organization. I'm looking forward to telling you more about it.

For now, here are some photos and I will be sure to post again soon! xox

To follow my adventure this semester, check out my Travel Diaries on Student Life Network.


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