Firefly Uganda is situated on the 250-acre Banda Island, which in the Ssese Island region of Uganda. For five years, volunteers have worked with the local community to identify issues that need to be tackled.
As an intern for the organization, senior liberal studies major Charlotte Wager Miller assisted in teaching kids English, basic math and swimming. She tutored kids one-on-one and also kept the organization’s social media and website up-to-date.
“This experience impacted me personally by teaching me to be more patient, and more involved in my community,” Charlotte said. “Professionally, it gave me hands-on experience in the nonprofit world and taught me how much time and effort really go into that kind of work.”
So far, Firefly Uganda has established a water purification system, a toilet composting system, and a temporary outdoor school structure on the island. Volunteers live in a camp that consists of safari tents, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a dining area. They use solar energy to power the entire site.
“Work in this industry takes a lot of time and energy, and you likely won’t see a pay off for a while,” she said.
However, Charlotte’s felt that “meeting all of the children, and seeing how they live, play, and learn” was quite rewarding.