Advocates for Grassroots Development in Uganda

April Peterson is a junior from Chester, Virginia. She is a Health Policy and Management Major in the Gillings School of Global Public Health with a double minor in anthropology and chemistry. She is interested in going to medical school and working with geriatric/underserved populations. On campus, April volunteers with the Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), is involved with the Gates Community, and helps with the Chemistry Peer Mentoring program. Within the local community she works with A Helping Hand, located in Durham, where she previously interned. She also volunteers at The Charles House, which provides adult day care services to elderly and disabled individuals in the community. April has always wanted to study abroad because she enjoys learning about other cultures and practices around the world. She looks forward to working in Uganda with the Kyetume Community Based Health Care Program and offering her service to local Ugandans. April is a firm believer that everyone deserves basic human rights and is an advocate for this cause.

    Hannah Saggau is a first year from La Grange, Illinois and is double majoring in Biology and Psychology with plans to pursue a career in medicine. She is involved with Community Empowerment Fund, UNC Science Days, Alpha Epsilon Delta, and First Year Focus Council, in addition to working as a research assistant in a lab in the UNC Neuroscience Center. Hannah is very excited to spend her summer understanding and contributing to the work of New Hope African Ministries. She is looking forward to the opportunity to learn about Ugandan culture from the people she meets and works with and hopes to gain new perspectives from the experience.

    Jessica Douglas is a senior Biology Major and Anthropology Minor. She was born and raised in South Pasadena, California. She transferred to Carolina during her junior year from Meredith College, where she had a great number of peers she can call her sisters. During her time at UNC she has made many connections with her new family at the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students and the Que Rico Dance Team. Her goal as a future medical professional is to work with children from all over the world, looking after their physical and emotional needs while maintaining a heart for the work. Her trip to Uganda this summer will be her first trip outside of the United States, and she could not be more excited to visit the Pearl of Africa. She believes that traveling to Uganda will be a very humbling experience for her and will open her mind and heart to a new way of life. She is aware of the challenges she may face during her stay at the New Hope Orphanage in Luwero, but she could not be more thrilled about the notion. Her trip to Uganda will be one of many service trips she will take throughout her life, working with others who are passionate about helping their community and creating a change in their lives.

    Mariam Diallo is a sophomore Global Studies and African Studies double major with a minor in Medical Anthropology from Raleigh, NC. Upon graduating, she plans to attend graduate school for Public Health. As a first generation American whose parents originate from Guinea in west Africa, she's looking forward to getting to experience east Africa and specifically, Ugandan culture. At Carolina she's involved in World Micro Market in the Campus Y, the campus Red Cross, and she's both an office assistant at the School of Social Work and a minority mentor. In her spare time she likes to play tennis, keep up on world news and pop culture, drink tea, and watch films.

    Kristen Akialis is a freshman at UNC-CH from Chicago, IL pursuing a double major in Chemistry and Biology with hopes of continuing on to medical school. On campus, she is a member of the club cross country team and is an avid fan of all Carolina athletics. She enjoys volunteering at the UNC Hospitals and at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School. After living abroad in Argentina last year, Kristen is determined to travel and see as much of the world as possible. She is very excited to learn about and contribute to public health initiatives in Uganda. During her time there she hopes to immerse herself in the culture, experience new things, and make long-lasting friendships.

    Hannah Angle is a first-year student at UNC from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is planning to double major in Chemistry and Biology with a minor in Spanish for the Health Professions in order to prepare her for a career in medicine. At UNC, Hannah is involved in Wesley Campus Ministry, CPALS (Carolina Pediatric Attention Love and Support), the Campus Y, and the Red Cross Club. Hannah loves to travel and learn about different cultures, so she is so excited to spend her summer interning at Kyetume Community Based Health Care Programme in Uganda.