My Work in Uganda
In the summer of 2012, I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda with my Empowering Young Women colleague, Therese Cristiani. Because school counseling doesn't yet exist as a profession in Uganda, Therese and I were invited by Markerere University in Kampala to co-teach a pilot course in school counseling for teachers and administrators there. We worked with 21 adult students from all over Uganda for two weeks on counseling skills and practices. The class was the first of its kind in that country.
In addition to teaching, we also spent time with Fiona Mirembe Kiggundu, a social worker whose program, Project Princess, aims to empower girls and young women in the schools. We visited the schools and took part in some groups, which was an intense and eye-opening experience.
My trip to Uganda was life-changing. Since returning, I've been working to share my experiences with kids and staff at Steger and throughout Webster Groves, with the hopes that we can learn about the developing world and connect our kids here and there to learn from one another, and to enrich lives. Therese, Fiona and I continue to work in partnership to try to support empowerment for girls in the developing world.