Scholarship program with Capital Region ties transforming lives in Uganda

December 20, 2018 09:38 PM

Capital Region women are helping young people who might one day change the country of Uganda. The group is already changing their village of Ddegeya. They are studying things helping them become a doctor, a travel agent, a fashion designer.

Elaine Pers met the students through a woman who attended Albany Medical College and started a clinic in Uganda.

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"When I first went over in 2010 with the medical team and met more of the students, I just could never turn back because now they were a part of my life," explained Pers.

While at the clinic, someone asked a woman there how they could help even more. She said they needed more education.

Around 2008, generous Capital Region women and supporters paid for her to attend a boarding school there, and the Engeye Scholars Program was created and changed lives.

There are 24 students now in the scholarship program. They are here in the Capital Region for two weeks. They're seeing the sights -- and for the first time, they got to see snow -- and eat a little bit of it.

Click here for more information on the scholarship program.

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Elaine Houston & WNYT Staff

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