Global Perspective: Uganda

During the summer of 2006 after graduating high school in Seattle, I traveled to Uganda with a group that was a neutral combination of church and school: a group of teachers at a religious primary school had previously visited the country, along with a university professor, a pastor and congregation members, a nun and 4 students from my high school. We spent a month distributing donated medical supplies directly to hospitals and schools, which are run by the Sisters of the Daughters of Mary nuns. These are a handful of my favorite photographs from that trip.

Church of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph in Masaka, Uganda. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Church of the Daughters of Mary and Joseph in Kampala, Uganda. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Rubaga Girls School, Kampala. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Rubaga Girls School, Kampala. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Just a friendly roadside PSA near the Equator. Wonder if these work? Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Just a friendly roadside PSA near the Equator. Wonder if these work? Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

You can buy just about anything on the side of the road. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

You can buy just about anything on the side of the road. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Traditional Ugandan dresses. The red dust is everywhere and stained everything. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Traditional Ugandan dresses. The red dust is everywhere and stained everything. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Just makin' the body of Christ. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Just makin’ the body of Christ. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

The Ugandan martyrs, considered the 24 saints of Uganda, are celebrated every year on June 3rd. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

The Ugandan martyrs, considered the 24 saints of Uganda, are celebrated every year on June 3rd. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Yum, fresh meat for sale. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Yum, fresh meat for sale. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

St. Mark's VII school for the deaf in Masaka. Photo credit: Louisa Gayord

St. Mark VII school for the deaf in Masaka. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Puppy dog eyes are universal. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Puppy dog eyes are universal. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

The Sisters of the Daughters of Mary were our guides in Uganda. Instead of the government, nuns run most hospitals and schools in the country. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Hospital poster in Kampala. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Hospital tuberculosis poster in Kampala. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Uganda, under protection of the British Empire until the 1960's, uses shillings as currency. These hospital rates show that a normal delivery is approximately $6 USD, and a C-section birth is $24 USD.

Uganda, under protection of the British Empire until the 1960’s, uses shillings as currency. These hospital rates show that a normal delivery is approximately $6 USD, and a C-section birth is $24 USD. Photo credit: Louisa Gaylord

Angelina Jolie has got nothing on me!

Angelina Jolie has got nothing on me!

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About lgaylord

Louisa believes in expanding horizons and learning - anything that broadens our minds beyond the here and now, allowing us to learn from the past and innovate for the future. She is particularly interested new and inventive methods of sustainability: city planning and green buildings, creating new objects from old trash, and ways that nature can provide examples for new materials and construction. She is also curious about new scientific breakthroughs, technology and discoveries, and how they will shape the future of consumerism and marketing. While science is important to advancing society, Louisa believes that music, art and culture are equally necessary, especially on a local community level. Louisa has published articles with many reputable sources, including Sustainable Business Oregon, Oregon Insider, Crosscut.com, and green engineering newsletter Sustainability Matters. She currently volunteers at KEXP 90.3 FM, a listener-powered nonprofit radio station. Louisa lives in Seattle, Washington.
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