This summer, the Literate Earth Project partnered with Skidmore College to send Katy Ballo, winner of a 2018 Minerva Scholarship, to Uganda. We asked Katy to tell us about her experience, and the lessons she learned while working with the Literate Earth Project in Uganda.
The Literate Earth Project has partnered with Skidmore College to send Katy Ballo, winner of a 2018 Minerva Scholarship, to Uganda. During her time in Uganda, Katy will be visiting Literate Earth Project libraries and learning about the daily operations of the organization, and assisting librarians in developing programming.
The summer before I graduated from college, I spent two months in Uganda as part of Soccer Without Borders. While the entire purpose of the trip was to help those less fortunate, I was taken aback by the extent of the poverty in Uganda. Despite it being one of the most developed nations in Africa, many Ugandans live a life that few of us can even imagine - having to walk miles for clean drinking water, living in cramped spaces, and barely affording school fees to improve their own children’s future. Even if schools were fortunate enough to have a library, the books were kept under lock and key.