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Challenging Myself to Change the World

Three months ago, I embarked on a journey as a CorpsAfrica/Uganda Volunteer that would take me far from the familiar comforts of home and plunge me into the heart of rural Kabale. As I reflect on this whirlwind of an experience, I am struck by the profound impact it has had on myself and the community I now proudly call home.

From the outset, my pre-service training equipped me with invaluable tools and perspectives in Community-Led Development, Asset-Based Community Development, and Human-Centred Development. Armed with this knowledge, I eagerly embraced the challenges and opportunities that awaited me in Kyerero village, Kabale District.

One of my first initiatives was establishing a youth savings group, providing young individuals with the resources and support they need to pursue their dreams and aspirations. Additionally, the construction of kitchen gardens will not only promote food security but also foster a sense of self-sufficiency and improve their economic strength.

Working alongside community members to renovate their house and set up a house for Mr. Joseph, a community member has been a humbling and rewarding experience. Ensuring decent housing not only improves living conditions but also strengthens the fabric of the community, fostering a sense of pride and belonging.

Perhaps one of the most impactful projects has been establishing a community nursery bed. Beyond providing a sustainable source of greenery, this initiative has served as a symbol of hope and renewal, inspiring collective action, and environmental stewardship.

However, amidst all these achievements, what has truly resonated with me is the deep sense of connection and belonging I have found in my community. Despite sharing a cultural background with my host community members, I have discovered new facets of my heritage through their stories, traditions, and values. This journey has not only broadened my understanding but has also deepened my appreciation for the rich cultures that make up our world.

As I look ahead to the coming months, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue serving and learning alongside this resilient and vibrant community. My time in Kyerero village, Kabale has been a testament to the transformative power of stepping out of one’s comfort zone and embracing the unknown. I am deeply grateful for the lessons learned, the connections forged, and the love that has blossomed in this remarkable corner of the world.

I am humbled by this opportunity to serve as a CorpsAfrica Volunteer.


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