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If you were to visit the Primary School in a village in Uganda on a Friday afternoon, you might expect to see children finishing their weekly lessons, eager to get home and start the weekend ahead. Instead, you would find some children knee deep in cow manure, with shirts or dresses off, using their hands to mix manure and water. Others would be on their hands and knees, spreading this paste across their classroom floors with their bare hands. This process, known as “smearing” is done to prevent infestations of jiggers and other pests in the dirt floors (barefoot children sitting in class are easily susceptible to infection from these insects).
  
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When the process is finished, children are covered in manure from head to toe and have no soap and little water to clean themselves with before heading home for dinner. The community, including the Parent Teacher Association and School Management Committee, are working together to alleviate this problem by cementing the floors and plastering the walls of seven classrooms and repairing the wooden shutters used in place of glass windows. This would not only give Fridays back to the children of this school, but also create an environment more conducive to positive learning.
  
In March 2006 I began my service as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Uganda, East Africa. The first 10 weeks in country (March-May 2006) were spent in training learning about the local culture and language and completing technical training in the community health and well-being program. Beginning in May 2006 I was posted to Kasambya Trading Center in western Uganda, Mubende District. My main project in my time here has been the establishment of a community computer center. The center trains people of all ages from primary youth to adults, as well as providing access to IT resources such as the Internet, a hard-loaded digital library, and scanning and photocopying facilities. Specific achievements I have realized in this project include the developing of a comprehensive IT syllabus for teaching different age groups, supplementing of primary and secondary school students’ education through the use of digital multimedia resources, creating accounting and other managerial systems for the smooth running of this non-profit organization and gaining knowledge and experience in deploying a network of computers. Other projects I have completed in my time as a Peace Corps Volunteer include an HIV outreach campaign for testing, education and care of positive individuals, secondary math and science tutoring, and working on the educational development of a unit for the blind at the local government primary school.
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The community has worked tirelessly to contribute what they can to the project, donating cement, transportation and money for the purchase of equipment that will be donated to the school upon completion of the project. With the implementation of this project, the community will gain valuable skills and the education of all area primary school students will improve vastly.
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Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.

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If you were to visit the Primary School in a village in Uganda on a Friday afternoon, you might expect to see children finishing their weekly lessons, eager to get home and start the weekend ahead. Instead, you would find some children knee deep in cow manure, with shirts or dresses off, using their hands to mix manure and water. Others would be on their hands and knees, spreading this paste across their classroom floors with their bare hands. This process, known as “smearing” is done to prevent infestations of jiggers and other pests in the dirt floors (barefoot children sitting in class are easily susceptible to infection from these insects).

When the process is finished, children are covered in manure from head to toe and have no soap and little water to clean themselves with before heading home for dinner. The community, including the Parent Teacher Association and School Management Committee, are working together to alleviate this problem by cementing the floors and plastering the walls of seven classrooms and repairing the wooden shutters used in place of glass windows. This would not only give Fridays back to the children of this school, but also create an environment more conducive to positive learning.

The community has worked tirelessly to contribute what they can to the project, donating cement, transportation and money for the purchase of equipment that will be donated to the school upon completion of the project. With the implementation of this project, the community will gain valuable skills and the education of all area primary school students will improve vastly.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.