Getting ready for Uganda – Ramblings

It’s been a while since I’ve written or visited my blog. I’ve been living life…finishing my first semester at NYU, attending to family matters, fundraising…I haven’t had much time. Now it’s 11:59 pm on Saturday, May 23, and I need to go to bed soon. I just thought I’d better put up a post or something before the blog directiories delete me.  So here is what’s up with me.

I am officially finished with my first year of Graduate study. Yea! It has been a great first year with lots of challenges to my idea of what a teacher should be. I hope I will be able to explore some of my new beliefs in the African, post conflict environment. However, this blog is not about teaching methods, so I will end this thread here. I think I named this post Getting Ready for Uganda so that’s what I’ll breifly discuss.

I have been reading the texts required and not required for this study/teach abroad. The list includes:

Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,  Applied Theatre: Creating Transformative Encounters in the Community, The Arts and the Creation of the Mind. These are my required texts. Books I’ve taken it upon myself to read include: Issues in African Education: Sociological Perspectives, Africa: Progress & Problems-Education in Africa, and Postcolonialism: A Very Short Introduction. I’m hoping to finish the required reading texts by Saturday…no, I don’t have a lot of time…

…That actually seems to be the theme for me right now. The trip seemed to have crept upon me. Today I went shopping for my Uganda clothes. My skirts and dresses have to be below the knee, even when sitting down and blouses have to have capped ( short sleeves ). No shoulders showing. Ok. How difficult can this be? Right? Difficult. I bought cute skirts and I’m having a time finding matching shirts. LOL. I am going to continue my shopping spree tomorrow, see what I find.

Well, these are indeed ramblings. I will return with reflections on what I hope to accomplish with this blog.

Later.

Runita

 

P.S –  I’M SOOO EXCITED!!!!!!

A word about donating

Hey all,

Take these things into consideration when making a donation to help me teach and study in Uganda. I have two sets of payments to make: payments to Invisible Children for program fees and a payment to New York University for my tuition. A donation to Invisible Children is tax deductible and a donation to NYU is not. I am suggesting donors divide their contributions in half, therefore payments will be made to both categories and you receive a tax deduction.

Also, the First Giving page is the easiest, most convenient way to help; however, they charge a fee of 7.5% to your donation for expenses.

I thought this information would be helpful.

Chao.

Runita

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OTHER DONATION OPTIONS!

You can also donate directly through the Invisible Children Website at:

https://secure.invisiblechildren.com/donate

  • Choose the link One Time Donation
  • Fill in the form. At the end of the form it says additional information.  Check I would like to make this donation on behalf of someone else.
  • A drop down screen will appear asking for the first and last name of the person you are making the donation on behalf of. In the first name box, put Runita and in the last name box put Jones-T/Ex. You must write the last name this way otherwise the donation will not benefit my trip, but it will go the the main organization.
  • It will prompt you to e-mail me to inform me that you made a donation on my behalf.  My e-mail address is: rlj239@nyu.edu. Please do this also, I must mail in the names of people who donated through the invisible children website.

Payment by check:

  • Make check payable to me if a tax credit is not important to you or to Invisible
    Children, Inc. if you want to receive a tax deduction. On the Memo line put Runita Jones-T/Ex.
  • Mail to:

              Ms. Runita Jones

              P.O. Box 622328

              Parkway Station

              Bronx, NY 10462

That’s it!  Invisible Children, the northern Ugandan people and I all thank you immensely for your support.

Sincerely,

Runita Jones

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