Ready for a time jump? Cause we are going all the way back to 2014 when my uncle and I went on a trip to Uganda and Kenya to document the progress of a great organization called Healthy Child Uganda.
They’re a NGO that was started as a partnership between the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and a collection of Canadian Universities to develop and grow local health systems.
These vlogs document some of my time in both countries, and how I had to learn some important life lessons. Uganda was the first country that I visited that would defined as “developing.” This trip vaporized my expectations and highlighted some entitlements I harvested as a Canadian.
Electricity, clean water, education, health care, modern amenities, technology, motor transportation; just to name a few are all things that I have access to back home with barely a second thought. It’s not to say Uganda doesn’t have all these systems and infrastructure (they do!) it’s just not distributed to all citizens. I had to reflect at moments to recognize that certain privileges I have are directly connected to the place I was born, the family I was born into, and the complicated dynamics of wealth and value.
Questioning and analyzing your perspective is a necessary skill to develop in life. There is no discernible way to grow and learn without being exposed to different environments, cultures and people. You may not agree with certain aspects of different cultures and that’s completely valid. At the same time it’s important to recognize that there are aspects of your own that may not be the best either.
To clarify, this trip to Uganda nullified some of my inaccurate North American presumptions, and delivered on a terrific learning experience.
If you have any similar experiences I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment and share with friends 🙂