Uganda + Rwanda 2015

In spring 2015, I secured funding through the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication to complete a reporting project in Mukono, Uganda.

Photo by Meagan Doll.

In conversation with my certificates in global health and African studies, the project included an eight-week residency with Save the Mothers, a Mukono-based non-profit committed to improving the livelihood of mothers and their babies through education and awareness.

Throughout the residency, I participated in a variety of reporting and communications work, including:

  • Editorials for Save the Mothers blog
  • Articles for PBS MediaShift and various media outlets
  • In-depth interviews and research for 2016 book The Game Changers
  • Assembly of communications content for STM annual report
  • Photography and visual content for all aforementioned work

Regretfully, Save the Mothers lost the original clips during a web migration. To secure copies, please contact myself or Patricia Paddey, STM director of communications,

In addition to working with Save the Mothers, I spent one week in Kigali, Rwanda where I again teamed up with SOS Children’s Villages-Kigali to write about the organization’s community development program. The program trains family providers in income generative activities, while also providing micro-loans to start small businesses.

This work included visiting, interviewing and tellings the stories of three Rwandese women, all of whom overcame grave structural barriers to climb out of poverty and provide for their families through the program. You can read one story here.

Click through other blog posts from my time in Uganda and Rwanda.