Archive for Category: "Uganda Culture"

Comparing School Systems: Uganda and the United States

Comparing School Systems: Uganda and the United States

Schooling in Uganda Differs from U.S. in Many Ways Our U.S. sponsors often receive letters from their sponsored children talking about how they are performing in school. Sometimes, it is hard to put their conversations in perspective because schooling in Uganda differs from the United States in so many ways. Britain’s school system served as the […]

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Agwata Residents are Refugees No More

Agwata Residents are Refugees No More

World Refugee Day is today, June 20th.  It is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.  Our Agwata families in northern Uganda were internal refugees for 10 to 15 years of their lives. They were forced by the government to live in crowded conditions in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps […]

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Celebrating Women in Northern Uganda

Celebrating Women in Northern Uganda

Outreach Uganda Helps Sponsor Local International Women’s Day Festival in Lamwo District In a community where over 60% of females responded that sometimes it is OK to be beaten by one’s husband, celebrating womanhood is no small matter. In early May, over 50 ladies and even some men from Agwata village traveled to Palabek Gem to […]

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Girls’ Education Initiative Program Aims to Keep Girls in School

Girls’ Education Initiative Program Aims to Keep Girls in School

Girls’ Education Program Expands in Northern Uganda Paska, our Girls’ Education Initiative Coordinator in northern Uganda (Lamwo) reports that there are 79 girls regularly attending the weekly after school program sponsored by Outreach Uganda.  These meetings are part of Outreach Uganda’s “Girls’ Education Initiative” program which began in mid-2010 with 19 girls.  This program aims […]

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Tribute to Our Ugandan Mothers in Agwata

Tribute to Our Ugandan Mothers in Agwata

We weren’t in Uganda on Mother’s Day this year.  But after our June visit, we felt compelled  to recognize the wonderful Ugandan mothers in our Agwata women’s group, who on a daily basis  make courageous decisions for the betterment of their children’s lives, and who endure unbelievable hardships so that their children might survive, eat […]

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Uganda Education: What Happens to the Girls?

Uganda Education: What Happens to the Girls?

Every day our Ugandan women, like most poor Ugandans,  must make heart wrenching choices about what to do with their meager resources.  Eventually, this may involve deciding to send the eldest boy to secondary school while leaving the girls behind.  While babies and toddlers may have similar upbringings, differences begin to surface as early as […]

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Peace Begins with You

Peace Begins with You

“Building Character” is the focus of Outreah Uganda’s 2012 training efforts  with all three of our Ugandan women’s groups (over 200 members), with our 160+ sponsored children and with our 300 students at the Agwata primary school in northern Uganda. The theme book for these Character Building Training efforts is entitled, “Peace Begins with You” by Katherine Scholes.  The […]

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Agwata Women Educate Volunteers on Their Cultural Traditions

Agwata Women Educate Volunteers on Their Cultural Traditions

Older members of our Agwata group in northern Uganda were excited to share with our volunteers some of their traditional cultural practices and items from earlier times.   They shared: How they carried babies on their backs and protected them from the sun with calabash head coverings and covered them with animal skins How they started […]

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Volunteering is Not Complete Without Acholi Dancing!

Volunteering is Not Complete Without Acholi Dancing!

Outreach Uganda volunteers put in many long 10 to 12 hour days during their volunteer stay in Uganda.  However, no stay would be complete without some fun dancing.  Acholi dancing is very different from American dancing.  Here, volunteers Debbie and Kelsey are dancing with our Jinja beader group women before the semi-professional Pit-tek Luo Dancers […]

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Acholi Dancers Combine Culture and Income-Generation

Acholi Dancers Combine Culture and Income-Generation

During 2011, our Jinja beader group with Outreach Uganda’s help, upgraded its Acholi dancing group into a higher profile, more polished looking group of cultural dancers.  The dancers decided on a formal name of Pittek Luo Dancers, upgraded their dance costumes, added addtional musical instruments and added a few new dances to their repertoire. Culturally, […]

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