Lauren Himiak took these beautiful photos of rural life in Uganda while volunteering in the small village of Kyazanga. She worked with the House of Hope, an organization she found through the Global Volunteer Network (GVN). House of Hope is focused on bringing aid and education to the orphans of the Masaka District in Western Uganda. At the primary school, Lauren worked with children ranging in age from 3-15 years old, who had lost their guardians due to AIDS and other illnesses.
During my stay, I lived in a compound within the village of Kyazanga and was provided a bed with mosquito netting, as well as 3 meals a day. Though there was no running water, I was provided with a communal “squat” latrine, as well as an enclosed area for bathing using a bucket of water. Life in Uganda was completely different than anything I had ever experienced I consider it a gift and a very rare opportunity to live in such a different way.
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