Amy Helps A Boy With HIV Who Needs To Be Rushed To The Hospital

This Easter weekend, we introduce traveler, volunteer, and heartfelt thinker Amy Petersen. Having spent time in some of the toughest environments on the globe–Uganda, Syria–Amy ventures to where people need her most.  A few years ago, Amy moved to Kazo outside the Ugandan capital Kampala and worked with UYWEFA, a nonprofit supporting HIV/AIDS-effected individuals in this East…
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For Father’s Day: Photos Of Fatherhood Around The World

In May we looked at mothers. Now we look at the other side of the coin, the yang to the yin, the rock to the water. The world seems a series of dichotomous complements, and now on Father’s Day we look at the other half of the greatest pairing of all.  As evident in the photos and from…
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On Charity…and Two Worthy Of Your Attention

The more I stay involved with organizations that exist to serve others, the more I realize the wisdom we’ve all heard throughout our lives about the benefits of doing so. I have a dear friend who, every week, serves at a church soup kitchen to feed the homeless. I know many men who offer their…
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Connecting A Minnesotan Father To His Ugandan Sons

On January 15, 2014, I was getting my car washed. It was one of those where you hand the car over to workers, they vacuum it out, it goes through the wash, and then other workers wipe it down and clean the interior. I was inside paying the Latina cashier when a man walked behind…
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Humans Of Jinja, Uganda

From houses of worship, to shacks in the slum, to my host’s home in the outskirts, to the snazzy mall in the middle of the city, I had explored Kampala. Now it was time to get to my next city, Jinja. A hop, skip, and a leap away from Kampala, I got on a dalla dalla…
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The African Slum School

Imagery of a primary school includes playfulness, nurturing, and the planting of seeds of education and a bright future. Imagery of a slum is one of struggle, suffering, and the seeds to a short, hard life. Today we put these two together. *** After we had toured the Bwaise slum and visited the residence of a mother of…
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Visit To An African Slum

An African slum. What comes to mind? I was given the chance to visit one of these extreme environments. And for the next two weeks I’ll show you photos and video of the conditions, the lives, and the institutions of a slum in Kampala, Uganda. *** Earlier this day, my guide at the Gaddhafi Mosque had…
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Religion In Uganda: I Visit A Temple And A Mosque

What religion are people in East Africa? Christian? Muslim? Tribal mythologies? Witchcraft? How about dread-locked Rastafari? Yes. Contrasting people of Europe or China, those in Africa are especially open to religion. This openness combined with the influence of outsiders over recent centuries, means a lot of different faiths have taken hold. In June, I was…
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New Country, New Trek: Into Uganda

At night I lay sick in my saggy bed in my dingy motel in Bukoba, wishing that buses could leave later in the morning. I wanted to sleep in the next morning, but dawn-departure trips seemed the norm. Surprisingly, I awoke feeling okay. In fact, I was eager to leave this city on the west…
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Charity And The Little League World Series

A Little League team from Uganda is the first ever from Africa to reach the final tournament at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. For these boys, it’s a whole new world: the crowds in the stands, the national media, the luxury of their lodgings. Along with their countryfolk behind them, the team from Uganda had the continent of Africa…
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