Uganda Volunteer, Leah, Shares Her Experience

Leah with Paska, our child sponsorship coordinator, and one of the women in the Agwata women's group.

Leah with Paska, our child sponsorship coordinator, and one of the women in the Agwata women’s group.

“Think no more. Go,” says Uganda volunteer Leah

This past summer we were fortunate to have several volunteers in Uganda.  One of those was Leah who visited both our Agwata and Jinja locations in August.  After completing a career in the military, Leah is now completing her master’s degree in public health.  She was quite excited to visit our Agwata clinic to see first hand how much a remote community clinic such as Agwata’s can make such a positive impact.

Besides helping inventory a shipment of medicines from Outreach Uganda, she was amazed to note that on the day she observed clinic operations, 50 out of 50 patients tested positive for malaria!

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Leah with her sponsored child’s family.

Leah has been a dedicated sponsor, not only of one of the children at the Agwata school, but also of two of the nurse positions at the clinic.  Leah was thrilled to be able to meet not only her sponsored child, but to meet her child’s entire family and visit their home.

Besides helping at the clinic, Leah also visited our fifth and sixth grade classes at the Agwata school to help them with their English. Leah commented, “When you deploy, you have a mission and purpose. But this [volunteering and sponsoring] is so much more special because you are directly impacting people.”

She hopes to travel back to Uganda again with us in February/March.  “It’s just cool. You can’t go and not expect your life to be changed forever,” observed Leah.  “Think no more. Go.”

Agwata women's group presents Leah with a gift of two chickens when she first arrived.

Agwata women’s group presents Leah with a gift of two chickens when she first arrived.

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