Today I’m excited to share one of my favorite places with you. I lived in Uganda for a bit after I graduated high school but before I went to college. It had been a dream of mine to go there so when the opportunity came up for me to go stay with the sister of a family friend, I jumped on it. This was one of my trips that I just picked up and went on without speaking the language or knowing who I’d be staying with.
Note: Yes, I realize the photography here isn’t the best. The camera I had there was sub-par, as were my editing skills in 2009. Heck, they aren’t much better now, cameras and technology just make it look that way.
The women pictured above are (who I called) Bibi, who became like a sister to me, and Sr. Noel, the nun who housed me and gave me work and welcomed me as a daughter into her world. I worked at a small clinic in the tiny village surrounding the convent, and on my off days there I helped teach 7th grade at the school Sr. Noel ran.
Living in Mwera-Mityana, Uganda was one of those life-changing experiences that I really wish everyone would be able to have. I struggled at times. Oh, I struggled. But learning, on my own and with Sr. Noel’s help, how to overcome those struggles and deal with problems in a whole new way forced me to grow my own independence and get to know myself as a young woman and helped me realize what I really wanted and what was important to me.
I also was lucky enough to be able to see the tourist attractions toward the end of my stay there, though most of my time was spent actually living in a village where I was widely known as the “muso muzungu” or “white nurse.” I could write for days about my time in Uganda, but for today I’ll leave you with a couple more pictures of the sweet children I taught, as their experiences will speak louder than any words. Each of these kids went on to pass all of their English exams and pass into high school, something no class has ever done before. Their hard work paid off, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it. Their success will always be my success.