Spencer in Uganda

Spencer is a graduate student in religious studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working in the Busoga region of Uganda with a development organization, Kibo Group, International, to assess local perception of Kibo Group water projects.

What I’ve learned in Uganda

An open water source Five weeks in Uganda.  Five weeks is enough to get over jet lag - even for a family of four.  Five weeks is enough to share a proper greeting with several close, longtime friends.  Five weeks is enough to conduct surveys and interviews of 263 community members within eight of the twelve villages where KIBO has completed sanitation campaigns and installed water wells.  Five weeks is even enough to compile the data from each of these villages.  Five weeks is enough to share long meals and even longer conversations about problems regarding clean water, poverty, and development in Uganda.  Five weeks is enough to problematize simple answers.  Five weeks is enough to scratch beyond [...]

2013-07-23T15:05:39+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Spencer in Uganda|

Our village visits

I believe that I mentioned in the first post that 12 village communities have completed a Home Improvement Campaign and have received a water well in partnership with Kibo Group.  Our research team has achieved its goal of interviewing people from eight of those village communities, and in this post I would like to simply provide a picture of what those days have looked like. Morning chai The village communities that we interviewed were located anywhere from 45 minutes to just over three hours from Jinja, our hometown for these five weeks in Uganda.  For those of you doing the math American-style, this may lead you to believe that these village communities are located anywhere from 30 to [...]

2013-07-10T22:04:00+00:00 July 10th, 2013|Spencer in Uganda|

Water and life in Uganda

Spencer is a graduate student in religious studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working in the Busoga region of Uganda with a development organization, Kibo Group, International, to assess local perception of Kibo Group water projects.

2013-06-27T20:48:45+00:00 June 27th, 2013|Spencer in Uganda|