Riding in style

We’re so lucky to have our assistant program coordinator, James, working to keep us connected to our students, especially during these difficult times.  James works with Fr. Matthias, our Uganda program lead, to communicate with OHU students and their families, and help us track their progress. A boda-boda, the Ugandan term for motorcycle, is his…

A second lockdown

Uganda has entered a second lockdown. As virus infections rise and vaccinations are scarce, the government announced all schools, centers of worship and public transportation would be suspended until the end of July.  This is especially disappointing and devastating for our students, who had returned to school eager to learn and socialize with friends. Fr….

Next challenge – internships

Accounting and veterinary science are pretty different career paths – but Lawrence and Geofrey have one thing in common – they are working toward internships in their areas of study. Just like in the U.S., internships are an important step in launching a successful career in Uganda. Lawrence is completing his last semester at Uganda…

Paying it forward

Josephine has dreamed of being a teacher since we first met her in secondary school. She has achieved her certificate of education from the Kaliro Teachers College and will begin her internship at St. Gonzaga Senior School in Eastern Uganda this month. Her practice was initially delayed by the pandemic’s pause in schooling and she’s…

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.”…