“You could see the entire inside of their mouths burned out all the way down their throats. Their mother thought they had demons inside them. To get them out, she heated two pots of water to boiling and held the first child and forced his mouth open and poured the boiling water down his throat to try and exorcise the demon. Somehow even with all the screaming she was able to do this to both of her children before the neighbors forced their way in, knocked her away and took the children.”
Before India, I seriously doubted that I could do anything completely independently without help from my family. Now, I have found my independence, and I realize that the only person who knows what is best for you is you. Going against social norms and into the unknown is difficult, but this experience has given me more insight into myself and the world around me then a lifetime of work in the United States could have ever done.
One of our Partners, SOUL Foundation, likes to challenge the norm (and we love it!) They ask the question, “What does a Poor Ugandan Mother think of a “mzungu” foreign visitor?”, and the answer, as you’ll read, is a bit jarring at first: not much.
Today’s post comes from Alice Brower, a senior at Carrboro High School in North Carolina. She is a student in Matt Cone’s Global Issues class and was introduced to Everyday Ambassador. Next year Alice hopes to be able to attend a bridge year program before starting college.
Today’s post comes from Muyombi Araphat, a S.O.U.L. sponsored student. He lives in Kyabirwa Village with his mom who is the leader of one of S.O.U.L.’s chicken groups and also graduated from S.O.U.L.’s tailoring program.
p5rn7vb Today’s post comes from EA’s Partnerships Manager, Meg VanDeusen. Two summers ago I had the honor of teaching the most optimistic and successful children I have ever met. Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project educates students from India’s Dalit, or untouchable caste, for 13 years of their lives and helps to develop them in to …
Today’s post comes from Max Siragusa who is a Global Citizen Year Fellow, spending his bridge year living and working in the town of Louga in northwest Senegal. Read more by Max and other Fellows by clicking here. The Talibé is one of Senegal’s most noticeable pariahs: children, as young as five, are given by …