Candidate classes resume

In a national address, President Museveni announced the reopening of schools for finalists – candidate classes of P7, S4 and S6, as well as trade school and university finalists. This welcome news for less than 10% of the total Ugandan student population poses significant re-opening challenges for school administrators. The smaller number of learners will…

Fall Update

This year has been a challenging one and we’re not alone in wishing we could have skipped it entirely.  For our students in Uganda, this is truer than we could have imagined as they have literally missed the school year in a lockdown.  Shortly after the new school year began at the beginning of 2020,…

Learning prevails during COVID

As a group, teachers have been especially hard hit during the pandemic in Uganda.  With schools locked down in early 2020 and limited internet infrastructure for remote learning, teachers have been unemployed and struggling along with their students. One group of teachers, led by one of OHU’s recent graduates has created a way to help students…

Covid’s impact on Tourism – by Ashaba Arnold

This time around I had a long conversation with Brian Jonathan Odongo, who is the managing director at Braca Tours and Travels Limited, a local ground handling tourism business whose specialty is offering experiential, tailored Ugandan Safaris. He shared the following with me about the impact of COVID 19 on the tourism industry in Uganda….

LIFE OF A UNIVERSITY STUDENT DURING PANDEMIC – by Ashaba Arnold

I interviewed Kyalugaba Jackson about his experiences during the pandemic. Jackson is a second year student at Kyambogo University working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in technology. Kyambogo University is a public university in Uganda and is one of the eight universities awarding this degree in Uganda. It’s located in Banda Kampala and has more…

Elections during Covid 19 – by Ashaba Arnold

As Ugandans, we are looking forward to having a general election next year regardless of the Covid 19. The Uganda Electoral Commission recently came up with a roadmap on how elections shall be held. In their roadmap, they banned public rallies and said campaigns will be held via media. They named this election a “scientific election.”…

Today in Uganda – by Ashaba Arnold

My name is Ashaba Arnold. I am one of the students sponsored by OHU. There is no way I can express my gratitude for the great impact that the OHU family has put on my life. How are you doing everyone during this worldwide pandemic? I hope you are doing better. For us in Uganda, we…

Relief aid reaching the neediest

We’ve received word recently from our friend and program supporter, Fr. Francis Nsubuga. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, he has delivered relief aid to the elderly and suffering in his parish. He sent along pictures of the food delivered to one woman in his village and a young child, who suffers from…

Postponed not cancelled

In an alternate universe, our 2020 Uganda Trip Team would be arriving in Entebbe today. It’s hard to imagine how different that city and the Lwamata village would look from our last team trip in 2018. The friendships we fostered during that visit remain intact. And, our hope is to create all the same wonderful…

Reimagining School

In the U.S., each day news stories ponder how we’ll get back to school in the fall. The struggles are similar in Uganda where the president is poised to reopen schools for candidate classes. Candidate classes include all grades graduating to the next level – P7, S4, S6 and university finalists. Maintaining personal space, performing…