Lauren Halloran (Uganda)

Lauren Halloran (Uganda)

Lauren Halloran is a graduate student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) where she is earning her Master’s in International Policy and Development and focusing on conflict resolution. Prior to MIIS, she worked with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, as an AmeriCorps member and, after two terms of service, as a staff member in the Volunteer Department. During this time she worked on volunteer engagement and building homes for families in Milwaukee. Through this work Lauren became interested in local, community-based advocacy and aid. While working with Habitat, she travelled to Guatemala and El Salvador and has previous experience studying abroad in Nigeria during her undergraduate degree. Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in International Relations and African Languages and Literature. Lauren spent her 10-week Peace Fellowship working with the Gulu Disabled Persons Union in Uganda. She summed up her fellowship in the following statement: "This opportunity was an incredible experience to not only get experience in my field but to learn about an area of work that is does not get as much attention as it should. I'm coming out of this summer with a new perspective to use for my future work and with a better understanding of disability rights. I hope that I can continue to advocate for these communities and that I am able to carry with me all that I've learned this summer. Thank you for the opportunity!"

08 Oct

Making a dent – reflecting on my time with GDPU

When I first tried writing this reflection I was back from Uganda but my semester

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Posted Oct 08, 2017

24 Aug

The Gulu Disabled Persons Union

Getting to know the work of GDPU takes a bit of time. Not all of

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Posted Aug 24, 2017

15 Aug

Accessible Toilet Heroes

My last few days in Gulu were a flurry of dropping off construction materials, verifying

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Posted Aug 15, 2017

05 Aug

Creating Allies and Advocates at Ogul

In northern Uganda, the Acholi are the main ethnic group that populates the region and

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Posted Aug 05, 2017

02 Aug

Beyond Toilets, a Community at GDPU

The Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU) sits on the outskirts of Gulu town as part

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Posted Aug 02, 2017

20 Jul

Construction Challenges and Creative Solutions

Coming into this summer, I knew there would be delays and challenges to completing the

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Posted Jul 20, 2017

03 Jul

Special Educators in Uganda

Tochi Primary School, the first school to receive a GDPU Accessible Toilet as well as

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Posted Jul 03, 2017

15 Jun

One Goat Please

“We are done excavating. We need a goat.” Prior to this announcement I had been

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Posted Jun 15, 2017

07 Jun

Field Trip – Ogul Primary School

To kick off my main project with GDPU as well as this summer’s hottest new

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Posted Jun 07, 2017

31 May

And the summer begins: Welcome to Uganda!

Early Sunday afternoon, as my plane taxied down the Entebbe runway, I was excited to

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Posted May 31, 2017





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