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.

15 Aug

Accessible Toilet Heroes

My last few days in Gulu were a flurry of dropping off construction materials, verifying that the last stages of construction were completed, planning and hosting the handing over ceremony, and packing to leave. With all of that going on, I didn’t get a chance to post about a few people who were key players […]

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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 they speak a language of the same name. I’ve picked up some Acholi here and there to help me get around but am still at a loss when the conversation moves beyond “Hi, I’m fine, how are you?” It was […]

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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 of a large compound shared among six other disability organizations. The compound is made up of a basketball court and a number of small buildings clustered together that house the other organizations under GDPU’s umbrella: Gulu Women with Disabilities Union, […]

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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 accessible latrine project, which is why I was happy that construction began so early into my time here. Starting early gave us a buffer when delays inevitably happened. When I worked at Habitat for Humanity I remember work on homes being delayed […]

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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 specific trainings on inclusivity, is doing well. Students with disabilities are no longer bullied like they once were in 2015. The inclusivity trainings have brought the challenges that students with disability face to light and the staff and teachers have […]

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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 taking photos of the people below who were busy excavating the pit for the Ogul Primary School accessible latrine. However, upon hearing this, I put my camera down to understand, “…You need a goat,” I repeated dumbly. “Yes! We need a […]

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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 trend (accessible toilets), I traveled to Ogul Primary School to meet with the school administration and discuss the accessible toilet and hand washing station project. Located approximately 10km from Gulu Town, Ogul Primary is set back from the main road […]

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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 have finally made it to Uganda. I’ll be in Uganda for ten weeks this summer working with the Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU) as an Advocacy Project Peace Fellow. GDPU advocates for people with disabilities in the district of Gulu. […]

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Posted May 31, 2017





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