Today’s post comes from Aliana Ruxin with our partner organization Global Citizen Year. Ali is passionate about sports, debate, and the ability to connect with others to build community. During her bridge year, Ali hopes to harness her drive to make meaningful changes in her community and herself every single day. She also hopes to …
Today’s post comes from Henry Guyer, a student of Applied Cultural Analysis at Copenhagen University. While writing his thesis on encountering poverty, Henry has been working for an online fundraising platform for charities called BetterNow. Today’s post is a glimpse into what it was like to work in Nepal for one year and the many experiential and …
“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.