Brooklyn Hanley

I was truly blown away by the amount I was able to engage and learn about Uganda especially Jinja, the community we were blessed to work with on our project, despite this internship being virtual. I won’t lie; it was hard to wake up every morning super early, but each morning when I would log on to Zoom and see the faces of thirty women whose lives I knew were changing for the better, I was reminded of why I chose to be a part of this program. The best parts of this program were being able to foster genuine connections with not only the women who were a part of our project, but also our amazing buddy Ken. Every person we encountered was eager to talk with us and was so welcoming. I am so appreciative of them sharing a piece of their own lives with us; they made the virtual barriers feel non-existent, our buddy Ken even participated on our video chat on a “boda boda” swerving through the streets of Uganda proclaiming “I wanted to show you more of the city.” Each person we connected with had one pure intention and that was to enrich our virtual experience. This experience gave me memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. The connections I made were my favorite part of this experience along with the lasting impact I felt our project made on the young women in Jinja.

I was truly blown away by the amount I was able to engage and learn about Uganda especially Jinja, the community we were blessed to work with on our project, despite this internship being virtual. I won’t lie; it was hard to wake up every morning super early, but each morning when I would log on to Zoom and see the faces of thirty women whose lives I knew were changing for the better, I was reminded of why I chose to be a part of this program. The best parts of this program were being able to foster genuine connections with not only the women who were a part of our project, but also our amazing buddy Ken. Every person we encountered was eager to talk with us and was so welcoming. I am so appreciative of them sharing a piece of their own lives with us; they made the virtual barriers feel non-existent, our buddy Ken even participated on our video chat on a “boda boda” swerving through the streets of Uganda proclaiming “I wanted to show you more of the city.” Each person we connected with had one pure intention and that was to enrich our virtual experience. This experience gave me memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. The connections I made were my favorite part of this experience along with the lasting impact I felt our project made on the young women in Jinja.