Kyle Aloof

Kyle is a master’s student at Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University where he focuses on conflict & development, international economic development, and international nongovernmental organizations. Prior to Bush, Kyle spent several months in Honduras during the Coronavirus pandemic teaching English to students and adults and building educational computer activities. Prior to his experience in Honduras, Kyle spent the summer of 2019 in Kroo Bay, Sierra Leone teaching English and math at the We Yone Child Foundation Primary School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Editing, Writing, and Media from Florida State University and a minor in International Affairs. During his undergraduate, he served as President of the university Rotaract Club, Secretary of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and Treasurer of the Caring & Helping in Community Service (C.H.I.C.S) Club. Kyle is an avid traveler and has visited a dozen countries in the last three years. Some of his favorites include Tunisia, Guatemala, Turkey, and Israel. One of his proudest accomplishments is being awarded a $25,000 grant from an essay writing competition and using the entirety of the funds to build a library/children’s center in Kroo Bay, Sierra Leone. Kyle is very much looking forward to working with GDPU in Uganda and learning more about the important work they do.

Toilet Upkeep: Preparing For the Handover Ceremony

18 Jul

With the handover ceremony for the Wash Project fast approaching, we conducted a training focused on raising awareness of disabilities and maintaining the toilets to ensure that they’ll be well kept and last for years to come. The training was led by Faruk, the executive director of Ability Sports Africa, and Jennifer, a GDPU board member. There were about 35 people in attendance, including parents, PTA members, and teachers.

The training began at 10 A.M., and went until 5 in the evening, with a delicious lunch of goat’s meat, cabbage, posho, rice, and beans, being provided by GDPU. While the training was quite heavy in content, the participants thoroughly enjoyed with the feedback from those in attendance being incredibly positive. After the meeting, the head teacher Joyce approached me and informed me that she was very impressed by Faruk and Jennifer, and that she learned a lot, prompting her to do everything in her power to ensure the toilets are well-kept and maintained.

The training incorporated lots of group activities, having group member’s work together to form ideas and solutions, rather than work alone.

With the toilets nearing completion and the students eagerly awaiting to use them, it is vital that the information that was conveyed to parents, PTA, and teachers will be conveyed to the students. This is to ensure that the students will maintain the toilets by cleaning them on a daily basis and not disposing of stones into the pit so that they will last for many years to come. I hope that when I return to Awach P7 in the near future, that I will see the toilets being cleaned and cared for, and looking like they did during the handover ceremony.

Posted By Kyle Aloof

Posted Jul 18th, 2022

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