July 8, 2011 | | Leave a Comment
When the shock/excitement/newness of all that Uganda brings goes away we are left with what is important, good or bad. Amongst the bad things, one that particularly stood out to me was there actually are millions of hungry, dirty, and sick children. This is not to say that the people are beatan down and unhappy as I might have expected, but they are generally malnourished and lack adequate health care and clean water. The infrastructure is a mess – roads, electricity, general government oversight. Still people accommodate when they can and spirits are reassuringly high.
In essence, the first few weeks here have helped me realize 2 important things:
1. What we are doing as part of DukeEngage is fundamentally important.
2. Constraints that do not exist in the States will be the primary obstacles to widespread impact.