Kampala, Soroti and Kaberamaido, Uganda
Application deadline: Mar. 15, 2017
Students will be introduced to Ugandan social entrepreneurs, innovators, and visionaries that have developed new, locally focused, and solutions-oriented methods to solving social problems. Students will develop an understanding of working within a culture and context that is not their own, taking into consideration the historical, political, cultural, and economic forces that affect the way societies operate. Hands-on work will focus on TERREWODE, a grassroots, women’s health and rights organization fighting to end obstetric fistula in Uganda. Students will work on a variety of projects that meet TERREWODE’s needs while at the same time fitting their professional interests and goals.
Project priorities include: • Working with TERREWODE to strengthen their existing business model by diversifying revenue streams and setting up income-generating activities to support their Social Reintegration Center. • Developing a comprehensive Brand Manual and Marketing Guide for TERREWODE. • Developing business plans for identified TERREWODE projects. • Developing marketing, branding, and packaging of fistula survivors’ handicrafts and exploring new distribution channels and secondary markets. • Providing curriculum for business skill workshops for female entrepreneurs and developing a structure with TERREWODE to support women’s solidarity groups with initial start-up capital and microloans. • Developing solutions for women living with obstetric fistula by researching locally sourced, reusable diapers and developing partnerships secure additional. • Increasing TERREWODE’s capacity in preventing fistula through running children’s camps focused on early childhood education (ECE) and engaging parents and volunteers in workshops highlighting the importance of ECE in the fight against fistula.
Students will also research and visit other socially minded businesses in Uganda and gain a better understanding of social business models.
To wrap up their time abroad, students will take a 2-day safari at one of the national parks in Uganda to see and experience the beautiful wildlife and countryside.
Cost Estimates: TBC
(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, etc.)
Total Program Cost Estimate: TBC