Category archives: Groundwork Opportunities

New Website!
  • New Website!

  • I am excited to be unveiling my new website.  Along with the new redesign comes my latest photoshoot for Groundwork Opportunities.  To see the pictures that I took for their latest soiree, head on over to the gallery. This year, GO was proud to announce two[...]
Fathers Of Africa
  • Fathers Of Africa

  • Men in Africa get a bad rap. There are many negative stereotypes that float around media that causes this. One might assume that the reason I rarely, if ever, ran into the father’s of the households I called my homes along my journey is because they are off ga[...]
On Parade
  • On Parade

  • TRO - Muhanga - Rwanda While in Kenya and Uganda, Muzungu (word for non African) was definitely shouted at me while people, kids really, pointed. It never seemed angry, but it never seemed welcoming for further contact either. In Rwanda, I feel like I am a [...]
Breaking Uneven Ground
  • Breaking Uneven Ground

  • TRO - Muhanga - Rwanda Rwanda may not have a whole lot to it in terms of popular tourist attractions. If you are researching the country through travel books or online google searching, even the memorial sites are rarely, if ever, mentioned. Gorilla Trekkin[...]
Resources At Hand
  • Resources At Hand

  • TRO - Muhanga - Rwanda One of the things I love about the projects I have visited so far is that they were started by and continue to be run by people on the ground in the communities the projects benefit. Each one has its own strengths and opportunities. E[...]
Repeat Repeat Repeat
  • Repeat Repeat Repeat

  • TRO - Muhanga - Rwanda I have never been officially trained in the art of teaching. I helped out setting up the preschool my mother owned and ran. I was a camp counselor at a YMCA camp. I tutored middle school when I was in High School. I even was a volunte[...]
The Children Of Amizero
  • The Children Of Amizero

  • TRO - Muhanga - Rwanda The children of Amizero Academy have amazing stories to tell. I could tell you sad stories about them, the struggles them and their families face. But, I will not. Instead, I am going to tell you about their lives and who they are as [...]
Well Well Well
  • Well Well Well

  • URCSF - Rakai - Uganda It is raining now, but when it stops you would never be able to tell rain came down at all. The land is so dry, it soaks up any would be puddles in minutes, leaving no traces of rainfall. There are “ponds” here and there if you ventur[...]
Take One Down Pass It Around
  • Take One Down Pass It Around

  • URCSF - Rakai - Uganda Sustainability is the name of the game here in Masaka’s rural villages of Rakai. The projects that Peter, the founder, runs are not just aimed at giving a poor community food, nor is it just about teaching them how to properly use wha[...]
The Sting of Regret
  • The Sting of Regret

  • URCSF - Rakai - Uganda When choosing between two reactions on how to deal with bees, one based on years of experience telling you to stay still and the other based on people who run beehives on a daily basis tell you to move away quickly, next time I am goi[...]
Drawing The Life They Want
  • Drawing The Life They Want

  • Changing Times - Kibera - Kenya One of the other volunteers I was working with, Sunny Yang, asked a group of kids grades six through eight who are in Drawing Club to do two drawings for her over the course of an hour. One was draw what you want to be when y[...]
Changing Lives At Changing Times
  • Changing Lives At Changing Times

  • Changing Times - Kibera - Kenya There is not a whole lot of unused space in Kibera. Changing times uses the small space they have about as best they can. This means doubling classrooms in the primary school as lunch rooms and break rooms.  The library doubl[...]