Hi everyone! I’ve just completed my first full week in Uganda and so far so good. For the first few days of my stay my primary focus was on… overcoming jet lag. Uganda is 8 hours ahead of Washington DC and for some reason my body interprets that as needing to wake up at 3 am every morning and stay up! Needless to say I’ve been feeling pretty exhausted during the day. I am happy to report however, that, as of yesterday I’ve been sleeping through the night and waking up at a much more reasonable time (7 am).
Other than adapting to the time difference, I have started meeting with HEALS staff and begun planning the Needs Assessment that I’ll be conducting with the children participating in the Hip Hop Therapy project. The Needs Assessment will take place some time between early December and early February while the kids are on holiday from school and have more free time. For the next two weeks or so, I’ll be working on developing the Needs Assessment curriculum and meeting with child-centered Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) with programs in Northern Uganda to get a sense of the tools, exercises, and activities they’ve found to be useful in working with war-affected youth.
I’m really excited about finally being in Uganda and getting my project started and I look forward to sharing my experience with you!
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