AGRADU

Advocates for Grassroots Development in Uganda

History

AGRADU began as an idea pitched by UNC students in 2005. Time spent backpacking through Uganda, meeting with community groups, and getting to know local populations spawned a vision for a UNC program to offer students the same experience in grassroots organizing.  The students also wished to bring support to Ugandan communities affected by poverty, war, and disease, in hopes of helping indigenous CBOs to develop and become self-sustaining.  Upon return to UNC after their travels abroad, the students organized a steering committee of dedicated faculty, staff, and students that worked together to transform these ideas and visions into a viable program.  In the fall of 2006, AGRADU was born.  Piloting in the summer of 2007, AGRADU selected and sent 5 interns to work with its CBO partners.  AGRADU continues to send students each summer, sending 8 interns during the summer of 2011. Before leaving, interns raise money to invest in the CBOs' existing projects, as well as apply for funding and raise money to fund their own expenses. 


Mission

To build global relationships by connecting UNC students to Community Based Organizations in Uganda through which participants learn and serve alongside rural communities while gaining global perspective.

Purpose

UNC student initiative aiming to advocate for and support indigenous grassroots efforts through community building and economic development in Uganda. Our partnerships are mutually-beneficial as the UNC community has much to gain from the Ugandan communities in which student interns work. AGRADU sees its relationships with its Uganda partners as those of friendship and support in which learning and discovery will be experienced by all.