|OU students and faculty form a frame around our beloved Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe, Catholic nun and humanitarian, who watches over the many children in her orphanages in northern Uganda.|
|Students learn "grounded theory" techniques to process and organize the data collected from interviewers with hundreds of stakeholders - orphan girls, Catholic sisters, villagers, technicians, and business owners.|
|Engineering student, Kensi Brown, measures the height of the water outlet pipe at a storage tank.|
|Students visit a rural borehole well in northern Uganda.|
The needs are so great, and the time in country is so limited. One student felt frustrated that we could not do more: "One of the (orphan) girls we interviewed said that candida was rampant by the end of the term because so many people have to share toilets, and they often ran out of medicine to treat it. This was really hard to hear. The students were desperate for more toilets, saying that even pit latrines would do.... I feel pretty useless not helping such a large number of students with an issue they feel so strongly about." If all goes as planned, there will be another cohort of students and faculty back again next year, and the next year, and the year after that. Perhaps . . . one by one . . . and in cooperation with others . . . all of the challenges may one day be met.
|An OU student plays soccer with children in Saint Monica's Orphanage - Atiak, Uganda.|