Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! For those of you who don't know, Fount of Mercy is a non-profit organization that works to support orphans, vulnerable children and their caregivers through education, vocational training and healthcare. For more information on what we do and how we got started, go to I am the Director of the Community Health Initiative (CHI) and have moved to Uganda for the next 6-8 months. I will be teaching women's reproductive health to girls from ages 8 through 30 years. In Uganda, it is taboo to talk about such subjects cross-generationally...even mothers to daughters, so young girls are left with their peers to navigate the complexities of puberty. Knowing this, you can imagine the misinformation these young girls obtain along with myths they believe about their bodies that are often times very dangerous. Even basic health education can empower these young girls and give them the information they need to make choices for themselves that can change the course of their lives. 

During my time here, my goal is to research best practices for teaching women's reproductive health in Uganda, improve and add to my existing curriculum, and hire a part-time local CHI associate. This blog is intended to keep you up to date on CHI and to share fun...or interesting stories from my life in Uganda. I hope you learn or laugh at these entries, maybe both...because this is the way I see it. 


  1. Awesome, Vanessa! I look forward to reading about how you're changing lives and empowering these girls. What an amazing experience :-) You're an inspiration, keep up the good work.

  2. I'm proud of you Vanessa. As the previous comment says, you are an inspiration to all of us that don't do anything to help others and just live a selfsih life (myself included). I look forward to reading more about how this project goes. Good luck! - Ernesto