Officially one week in!
It’s hard to believe that it has only been one week. It has been a long week but it has been good. The week began with orientation for the semester and the beginning of classes.
I am already getting settled into my home for the next few months at Uganda Christian University in Mukono. The campus is gorgeous and our group has been graciously and warmly welcomed (by the students, staff, and the weather). I will be taking two classes at the university to accompany the rest of my time at my senior social work practicum (which I am so excited about!).
I will be interning at an organization called the Refugee Law Project (RLP) based in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala. RLP is an organization that began in 1999 in a response to the high number of refugees that Uganda has welcomed into its borders. RLP provides legal, mental, and psychosocial assistance with the purpose to “empower asylum seekers, refugees, deportees, IDPs, and host communities to enjoy their human rights and lead dignified lives”. (Learn more about their great work at refugeelawproject.org )!! Here I will be working mainly in the Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing department of the organization assisting in various activities. I’ve only had one day at my internship so far, but I look forward to all that I will learn there and for the professional growth that will accompany the experience.
I am already learning some great lessons within my first week here in Uganda. I’ve learned how to properly hand wash my clothes, where to find some great places to eat in town, and I have been challenged to think about my purpose and learning experience for the semester. I have been challenged to push into the tension and discomfort and know that I will grow from it. And I pray that through everything, it may be “all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10: 31).