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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