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[grow] It Takes a Village

grow — Wisconsin’s Magazine for the Life Sciences — Summer 2011

Waves of undergrads in Uganda with UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have taken the African proverb as a call to action. Their engagement has included founding a nonprofit and choosing careers in which they serve communities at home and abroad.

IT WAS A SHORT WALK FROM the village of Biwolobo, deep in the Ugandan countryside, to the pool where villagers got water for drinking, cooking and bathing. But the trip, a mere daily errand for locals, would have profound consequences for the CALS study abroad students who accompanied them.

After a few minutes they arrived at the narrow pool, which was set in a rock with steep walls on three sides. Slippery dirt stairs led down to the water’s edge. The water was brown and murky, with scum and bits of garbage floating on it. In a country where few people know how to swim, the pool invited tragedy. In the past month alone, two children had drowned while fetching water, then-student Jenna Klink BS’07 recalls learning.

Read the full article in the grow summer 2011 publication.

[CALS] Three Weeks in Uganda Or How I Changed My Life Over Winter Break

Each year, students enrolled in a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) global health class travel to Uganda over winter break to experience the culture, learn about public health issues, and conduct individual research projects. Below are excerpts from the documentary “Three Weeks in Uganda—Or How I Changed My Life Over Winter Break,” which details the students’ trip in 2009. The video was produced by the Big Ten Network in cooperation with UW-Madison and CALS.

Visiting Uganda was a transforming experience. “I feel like they gave more to me than I gave to them,” a student says.


Distributing shoes to village children and their mothers was a humbling experience, students report.

Conditions at the national referral hospital in Uganda left students deeply moved and wanting to help.

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