This is Vassar: The newsletter for Vassar College Alumnae/i and Families

Photo Credit: Jamie Rosen ’08

Dateline: Uganda

Last year, political science major Jacquie Law ’09 took Vassar Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies Timothy Longman’s African politics course. She wrote a human-rights report on Uganda, detailing the atrocities committed by both the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and the Ugandan government against their citizens in the 21-year civil war.  Horrified by what she learned, Law founded the Vassar Uganda Project to direct efforts to aid the country and its people. She has devoted the last seven months of her life to organizing medical supplies and care for children. This spring break, Law and a number of Vassar students, mostly emergency medical technicians (EMTs), traveled to Uganda, to set up a medical clinic in Kaberamaido, Uganda, in conjunction with an orphanage recently opened by the Asayo’s Wish Foundation (asayoswish.com).

People have donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of medical supplies to take to the clinic — prescription medications, defibrillators, stethoscopes, gauze, Advil. The group, six Vassar EMTs, two Connecticut College EMTs, and one doctor, packed whatever fraction of the 3,000 pounds of medical supplies that they could into the two or three suitcases each would carry. They helped set up the clinic, taught basic nutrition and first aid, and provided medical care to community members and many of the children who have been orphaned by the civil war, AIDS, hunger, and other causes.

To read about the group’s experience or to become involved, visithttp://vassarugandaproject.blogspot.com/.

April 2008


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