INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE
A water quality research project in Uganda has the full attention of an interdisciplinary group — including USD faculty members, students, President James T. Harris and his wife, Mary — all of whom are excited to show what it means to make a difference in the world. Ryan T. Blystone, editor of the USD News Center, is in Uganda to document the trip.
“The trip will take us to Entebbe, Kampala and Mbarara and more,” says Blystone. “We will connect with people in these communities through Catholic Church contacts. There will be a meet-up with a USD doctoral alumnus from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences who founded the AidChild Leadership Institute; We’ll visit a refugee camp; nursing students will do clinics and visit Holy Innocents; There will be input from students, President Harris, and faculty members as they take in this experience.”
“The University of San Diego has worked in Uganda and the Mbarara region over the past decade and all of the partners in this international collaboration have extensive experience addressing various challenges around the world,” says Chemistry Professor James Bolender, PhD.
An overview of the history of the project explains USD’s efforts to find ways to provide access to clean water for people living in the landlocked country.
Blystone will be providing frequent updates from Uganda throughout the month of January: The first of these, “A 72-Hour Day” recounts his journey to, and arrival in, the city of Entebbe, Uganda.