Main library at Makerere University in Kampala. (debelzie / Flickr)

UECD Switzerland Newsletter

Summer 2019

Dear members, students, supporters and friends,

In this UECD newsletter, you’ll learn about the the latest news from the board in Switzerland. We’ve also put together a short list of links that might be of interest to those who would like to learn more about Uganda and current events there. As always, the newsletter is completed by an interview with one of our students: Monica Arinaitwe.

Enjoy reading!

The UECD Board, Switzerland


The latest from the board in Switzerland 

Changes in the Board
We are very happy to announce that Brigit Furrer has joined the board of UECD Switzerland. Brigit is an experienced anthropologist and lives in Zurich. She will be focusing mainly on fundraising and communication. Fabian Urech has left the board after six years. A fourth board member is still missing - and we keep looking for one in order to execute our job as efficiently and professionaly as possible. We are particularly interested in getting someone on board with social media and fundraising skills.

New Sponsors
Great news: Annemarie Vogt, Elisabeth Gerber and Marianne Madörin have joined our organization as new sponsors; Mirjam Wyrsch has decided to support a second student after the end of her first sponsorship. We have asked them what their motivation was for joining UECD as sponsors. Here are their answers:

"I've had the idea of supporting someone in Africa for a long time. Through friends I came across UECD - and I decided to finally realize this idea. I am very happy about my decision. This allows me to get to know a new country, new people and a foreign culture. It's a matter of give and take!"
Annemarie Vogt

"I am convinced that education is the best way out of poverty and allows to live an independent live. I hope that the selected students will contribute to Uganda's development in the future. I'm looking forward to learning something about this country through the exchange with a student."
Elisabeth Gerber

"As a former career consultant, I know how important education is. What I particularly like about the UECD project is that you don't give an anonymous donation, but that personal contact with the students can be established".
Marianne Madörin

"I've been a UECD member for a while now and I'm excited about the idea that young people get the chance to study. After being asked by Marianne Madörin to tell her something about the work of UECD, I spontaneously decided to co-sponsor a student with her."
Mirjam Wyrsch

New Students
At least two new students will join UECD this year! Faith Abejja will study education, Brenda Oyella will pursue a law degree. Both will study at the Kampala International University.
In order to be able to support a third student this year, we are still looking for new sponsors. 

Help spread the word
In the past, we have had the opportunity to present UECD to certain service clubs in and around Zurich. Such events proved to be a good way to connect ourselves to potential sponsors and to introduce ourselves to a wider public. If you happen to have personal connections to service clubs in Switzerland, please let us know. 

News from Uganda

Headlines and Stories  

Free, yet not really free
Everyone in Uganda is entitled to free medicine to combat killer diseases like malaria. Despite government efforts to improve access to essential medicines, a significant number of people have to use private facilities because of frequent stockouts. The BBC has done an interesting in-depth investigation and presents a story that has massiv implications for many Ugandans.

Back in Uganda after 20 years 
How is it to go back to the country you were born in after twenty years abroad? Musa Okwonga, a Ugandan poet, journalist and musician who has lived in Berlin for the past two decades, shares his experience as he travels back to the place he originates from. An interesting read!


Bobi Wine fever
Uganda's political shooting star has seriously stirred up the political landscape in the country. Due to the drastic events of last year, he has also become known well beyond the borders of Uganda. The Financial Times recently met him in Kampala over lunch. Just days after, he announced that he would run for President in 2021. 


"I want to offer legal help to people who need it"

We  have talked to Monica Arinaitwe (25). She studies Law at Kampala International University (KIU).

Why did you decide to study law?
It was my childhood wish to be a judge. I therefore worked hard in school. When I got a chance to go to university with the help of UECD, I applied at KIU where I'm currently pursuing a law degree..

What are your plans for the time after your studies?
I want to offer legal help to people who need it to the best of my knowledge. I want to be a judicial officer or an activist in an NGO like Action Aid or FIDA.

What needs to be changed in Uganda in order to make things better in the country?
First, the constitution ans the rule of law needs to be respected. Second, we need to promote civic education to enable people to know their rights.

You are from Kabale, a town in Western Uganda. How was it for you to move to Kampala?
It was a great experience for me to move here. I knew that I would come here to further my education and make life better for me and people around me.

What's the main difference between Kabale and Kampala?
The weather. Kabale is cooler than Kampala,and it also looks different. Kabale is a hilly place. Besides, the economic activities are different. In Kabale, most people work as farmers, in Kampala, the majority of people are engaged in trading.

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