Welcome to Gulu, Emma and Emily!

It’s an exciting time of year for us in Gulu, Uganda.  Two of our three interns for the summer have arrived!  I’m so pleased to introduce you to Emma and Emily and beyond excited to work with them over the course of June and July.  Enjoy reading a bit about them… because you’ll be hearing from them over the next two months.

Emma Anderson is 21 years old and hails from Southern Oregon.  She attends The New School University in New York City and is studying Global Studies.  She will graduate in the Fall of 2015.  In her spare time, she loves reading, listening to funky tunes, writing poetry, cuddling with baby goats, and making positive changes in herself and her environment.

This is not Emma’s first time in Gulu.  In fact, she was here in 2013 for a short trip while she was studying abroad in West Africa.  She decided to come back because she wanted to see “all the incredible work you (Kristine) and my momma (Laura) are doing through Educate for Change.”  She also wants to learn more about the culture and people in Gulu.  For her time in Gulu, Emma is most excited to learn as much as she can about the workings of successful and sustainable non-profits, help out with the Girl’s Health and Leadership Camps, and develop personally as a positive force in the world.  She hopes to use the knowledge she gains this summer to complete her Senior Thesis in Global Studies. Back in NYC, she wants to share all that she learned about Ugandan life and Educate for Change’s various projects with her college community at The New School University.

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Emma Anderson with a baby goat in Gulu

Emily Eccleston is 18 years old and was born and raised in beautiful Southern Oregon.  She just graduated from St. Mary’s School in Medford, Oregon and will be attending Northern Arizona University this fall where she will study Hotel and Restaurant Management.  Although she will not be studying something that correlates directly with her internship, helping others is a major part of her life.  She likes to spend her free time with her family, hiking, and enjoying some peace and quiet time.

Emily first came to Uganda the summer of 2014 on a school trip where they assisted with different projects at Mother Teresa Primary School in Pece Division of Gulu Municipal.  After spending three and a half weeks here, she knew she had to come back and spend more time in Gulu as well as assist with more projects.  Emily is so thrilled to go back to Mother Teresa’s to see the students she met last year and get started on the Educate for Change literacy project.  She is so excited to be back in Gulu and working with E4C!

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Emily Eccleston with students from HELU Nursery in Gulu

Thank you so much for your constant support and all the work you have already done for our organization.  We cannot wait to see you shine this summer.  Your impact has already been felt.

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Emma and Emily, together!

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