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Meet Our New Field Interns!


Girl Up Initiative Uganda recently recruited two amazing volunteers to work with our Kampala-based staff. They will be assisting with the training sessions, Girl Up Club, and other organizational day-to-day projects, giving them the opportunity to work alongside the team and meet the extraordinary group of women and girls whose lives we are dedicated to transforming. To learn more about how to apply for the program, please visit the Support Us page here.

Meet Field Intern: Lauren Shipley (right)

From: North Carolina

What made you interested in working with Girl Up?

After reading the Girl Up website, I felt like there was a lot I could learn from Girl Up and wanted an opportunity to serve in the slums of Kampala. I love working with smaller organizations because relationally it’s a lot more personal and you are able to grow together and work as a team.

What are you currently pursuing?

I am a second year student at the College of Charleston studying International Studies with a concentration on Africa. I love to learn about anything related to the world-but especially different cultures.

What are your thoughts since meeting the team in Kampala?

I am thankful for the opportunity to intern with the Girl Up team and learn from the incredible people here. It is so awesome to see them speak life into typically silent issues and to see how they are able to build up a group of girls to be confident and have values that honor their bodies, themselves, and the community around them. It has also been great to meet the women that Girl Up is training to save money. These women are able to learn the discipline and long-term benefit of saving money, which in turn grows their businesses and allows them to be more sustainable.

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Meet Field Intern: Katherine Russell (left)

From: North Carolina

What made you interested in working with Girl Up?

What Girl Up is doing in terms of empowering the young women of Kampala is absolutely incredible. Emphasizing leadership skills into these girls and women so that they will be leaders in their community is such a defining aspect to not only changing their community, but also changing the entire country of Uganda. I am so enthusiastic about what you all are doing.

What are you currently pursuing?

I am currently pursuing a BSN degree in Nursing. Initially my degree was early childhood education, which I loved, but after teaching in Uganda every day of the summer I knew I did not need a degree to do it. This being said, during my time there, I saw such drastic need of medical care, and this has been my motivation to pursue a degree in nursing.

What are your thoughts since meeting the team in Kampala?

I am so blessed to be able to serve alongside the amazing team of Girl Up. They are a team of passionate women working to empower the women of Kampala. Through trainings in schools, they are tackling issues that would otherwise not be discussed.

Another amazing aspect of Girl Up is the savings club they have for women. This is a club, which is helping the women in learning how to save so that they are able to start their own business and/or grow the one they already have. Each aspect of Girl Up is designed to empower women, and I am so honored to be alongside them.

 
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