Saturday, July 4, 2009

A heartfelt thank you to Kristen, and introducing our newest members

It's been a while since our last blog update, but things have been busy with UVP and there's a great deal of news!

Kristen Shuken, our program manager for 2008-2009, has completed her "tour of duty" in Iganga and will be starting graduate school in the U.S. this fall. Responsible for managing all of UVP's projects on the ground, Kristen did an incredible and singular job. Among her many accomplishments, she oversaw construction of more than ten shallow wells, helped over 40 women receive treatment for obstetric fistula, implemented our "Healthy Villages" baseline survey at 1000 households in 70 villages throughout the district, set up and supervised our summer volunteer programs, and managed our orphan support scholarship program. Kristen helped UVP grow tremendously during her tenure, and she will be deeply missed in Uganda. On behalf of the executive board, thank you, Kristen, for your service to UVP; we wish you the very best of luck as you start graduate school!

We would also like to give a very warm welcome to the newest members of UVP's family: Mariam Khokhar and Leah Bevis. Mariam will be succeeding Kristen as our Program Manager for 2009-2010, and Leah will be assuming our new position of Healthy Villages Coordinator, in charge of implementation and monitoring of our Healthy Villages interventions. Mariam and Leah are already in Iganga and have gotten off to a great start in overseeing our 2009 summer volunteer teams. They will be contributing updates to this blog as time (and electricity!) permits. Welcome, Mariam and Leah!!

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