Ursuline delegations visit Uganda in collaboration with the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda. UA students experience first-hand the challenges and possibilities of Africa. Students also participate directly in at least one service experience and learn about the work of the Catholic Church in Africa, the Nsambya Babies Home for abandoned babies, Bead for Life, a non-profit organization which helps women lift themselves out of poverty through entrepreneurship, and the YES (Youth Encounter the Savior) Centre, a Catholic parish which includes vocational schools for women in the local community. Ursuline students also have opportunities to develop friendships with their African peers from St. Peter's Catholic School.
I loved the safari, but my favorite times were at the EAC (Empower African Children) hanging out, dancing, and making lifelong friendships. The world is a huge place filled with unique people and places, and no place is lesser than another.
Emma Donohoe, Class of 2014
St. Catherine’s Girls Primary School in Nangina, Kenya
This special friendship between our schools began in 2006. St. Catherine’s was founded by Ursuline Sisters but is now run by local Sisters still very much with Ursuline tradition. UA students raise funds for tuition for orphaned girls to attend St. Catherine’s. The Student Council and Global Advisory Council are the primary supporters, but the UA community has also donated shoes, art supplies, bedding, classroom supplies, and playground equipment over the years. Typically, Ursuline’s Uganda delegation delivers the donations directly to St. Catherine’s Principal Sr. Anne Onyancha, who visited Ursuline in 2007.
The World Affairs Council of DFW
The mission of the nonprofit, nonpartisan World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is to promote international awareness, understanding, and connections to enhance the region's global stature and to prepare North Texans to thrive in a complex world. Ursuline has been closely involved with DFW WAC since 2006. Ursuline students and teachers receive invitations to the many speakers and events that the Council sponsors each year. For the past two years, Ursuline students have been the only high school students in the nation to attend the World Affairs Council National Conference in Washington, D.C. In 2014, DFW WAC named Cecilia Nipp, UA Director of Global Relationships and Cultural Exchange, as the recipient of its International Educator of the Year Award.