Tuesday - we focused on soul care, and power and privilege dynamics. We were encouraged to know "where we begin, and where we end," so that we can make sure to bring all of ourselves to this team and our time together, but not stretch ourselves beyond what is healthy. We were led through an exercise by Helen Luis Mills where we were asked to take steps based on our background: did our parents read to us when we were growing up, have we often been the only person of our ethnicity in a group, were we encouraged by our family to attend college? After the exercise we spent time in our team going deep with our frustrations about injustice, how we define privilege, and how we will be influenced by our own background as we enter into Ugandan culture. It was a beautiful time of honest sharing and displayed the trust we've already built with each other.
Wednesday - we got to hear from D'Andrea about the history of Child Voice, things we can expect to be a part of when we stay in Lukodi, and her own story. The reality of spending a month showering out of a plastic bin and also meeting some incredibly resilient and joyful people hit us! In the afternoon Monica, a researcher at Yale on the sociology of food, spoke with us about the globalization of food systems and helped us inspect our own choices. She sent us with questions to consider as we spend the month in Uganda and encouraged us that our own personal choices do make an impact on others throughout the global food web.
- Continuing safe travel, and health for our team
- Good cross-cultural conversations and adjustment as we spend 2 days meshing with the Ugandan students and staff - especially for the American's who've never left the US before
- Real partnership between the American and Ugandan staff - that we know when to submit, when to speak up, and how to work together well