AGRADU

Advocates for Grassroots Development in Uganda

Ellen Snow is a freshman at UNC and is originally from Kernersville, North Carolina near Winston-Salem. Ellen is majoring in Religious Studies and is very interested in learning about different religions around the world.  Ellen loves to do service for others and enriching others’ lives.  She loves working with children and worked at a daycare at her church for a year and a half. She is very excited about this wonderful opportunity to help children in Uganda. She cannot wait to embark on this incredible journey.

Savan Kothadia is a junior from Cornelius, North Carolina and is majoring in Health Policy and Management with a minor in Chemistry. On campus, he is involved with Bhangra Elite, Student Global Health Committee, and research. Savan plans to pursue a career in medicine and Public Health. His interests in global health were amplified as a student in Gillings School of Public Health and he hopes to gain hands-on experience with grassroots organizations abroad. Savan is very excited to go to Uganda and is confident that Ugandan culture will leave a lasting impression on him. While there, he hopes to benefit the grassroot organization he works with, learn more about global health efforts, and bring back his experiences to UNC.
Amber Gautam is a sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina and she is a Biochemistry major with a minor in Spanish for the Health Profession. At UNC, Amber is involved with Global Brigades, Alpha Epsilon Delta, volunteering at the SHAC clinic, and writing for the Carolina Scientific. Amber's passion for sustainability and grassroots efforts to solve global health was culminated through an internship she did for Global Brigades in Honduras this past summer for a month. She learned about how Global Brigades as a nonprofit organization takes a multidisciplinary approach to solve the overall health crises by beginning with sustainable projects within the very homes of those in need. She wishes to continue learning about these issues by gaining a new perspective on the health issues unique to Uganda by working with the Kyetume Community Based Health Care Programme. She is extremely excited for this opportunity from AGRADU and cannot wait to set foot on the Ugandan terrain!
Ashleigh Smith is a sophomore from Raleigh, North Carolina and is majoring in Business Administration and Public Policy. On campus, she is a member of the Kamikazi Hip Hop dance team and the Carolina Style dance team, a counselor for Catalyst Conference, a Buckley Public Service Scholar, and a member of the Theta Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is also an information services assistant at the Carolina Union. With dream of traveling the world and being able to work abroad in the future, she is very excited about being an AGRADU intern. Passionate about non-profits and international development, she is ready to experience grassroots efforts first-hand. She has always had an interest in Africa and is excited to experience life in Uganda. She loves helping others and hopes to make an impact during her time there.
Hope Ledbetter is a first-year student from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is double majoring in Psychology and Environmental Science with a minor in Religious Studies and plans to go to Divinity School after graduation. For many years she has longed to go to Africa.  This summer she is thrilled to be able to work with children while interning with the New Hope African Orphanage in Uganda. Her love for children has developed through working with the children at her local church in various children’s ministries including a summer camp, and working with the youth in Eleuthera this past summer. She currently volunteers with a local youth group in Chapel Hill, and is also involved in campus ministries. During her time in Uganda, she will constantly remind herself of one of her favorite quotes from Mother Teresa, “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do little things with great love."
Katherine Summerton is a sophomore from Greenwood Village, Colorado. She is a member of the Women's Rowing team and enjoys volunteering in Chapel Hill-Carborro Schools. While she has not yet declared a major, she is considering Health Policy or Global Studies and is minoring in Chemistry and Spanish for the Medical Professions.  She plans to pursue a career in medicine. Katherine is excited to visit Uganda to learn about and contribute to public health initiatives in Africa. She also looks forward to experiencing a new culture and learning from the people of Uganda.