A favorite overarching theme I experienced with the people and their culture was the sense of community and their holistic ways of thinking and doing. Being welcomed into Saku Saku to teach lessons and being welcomed by the community at large – welcome ceremonies, home visits, birthday celebrations, the introduction ceremony and creating bonds with people in the village just through playing a game of netball every evening was truly remarkable. These experiences exposed me to a different way of thinking and shed light on things I may not have thought of otherwise. Through my experiences, I met some of the most inspiring and altruistic individuals that I am now lucky to call my friends.
Uganda’s public school system is desperately underfunded, which leaves students in decrepit school buildings with too few latrines, desks, and classrooms to accommodate them. These crowded schools sometimes have one hundred students in one class with only one, underpaid teacher, who may or may not show up to instruct them.
Building on the success of the AAH primary school model, we have expanded our reach to 26 local primary schools with over 20,000 students. AAH helps to provide teacher training workshops, school lunch program subsidies, secondary scholarships, library assistance programs, and mentorship workshops to many of these impoverished students and schools.