Last Sunday (hey, give a busy gal a break...its been a long week) I was so excited to catch up with my social entrepreneur pal, Brittany Merrill. Brittany, 25, is the Founder of the Ugandan American Partnership Organization. UAPO carries a mission to partner with indigenous ministries and communities to transform Uganda through sustainable development.
We first met about a year ago when we were both speakers at a conference here in Atlanta. Brittany and I shared a full day of speaking about our respective stories of giving: both how it was helping others and how much it impacted our own lives. Though our paths, mine local, Brittany's global, have been different, our journeys have in fact been very similar. Both of us had life changing moments in college that propelled our passion to start non-profits early in our lives. And both of us relied heavily on grassroots efforts to get our projects off the ground. I have so much respect for Brittany, and just think the world should know this gal and have the chance to be a part of the great work she and her team is doing in Uganda.
We caught up at the annual Pajoma Penda, a music and arts festival held at Atlanta's Park Tavern to benefit UAPO. Even though the work being done is oceans away, they remain committed to their grassroots activism here in the US for successful growth. This year's celebration was specifically to support the Mukisa Project which is a ongoing project that helps rural villages with the facilities and resources to create self-sustaining communities. I brought along my Flip as I'm trying to work on some video skills with this blog. I'm no Ann Curry, but you gotta start somewhere.
And here we are chatting about the the awesome projects of UAPO. It's pretty amazing stuff. (Reminder: This was a music festival, so it was hard to escape the music.)
Last but not least, I had to ask Brittany how we can GET GIVING with UAPO. What I love about the way she has set this up is that there are ways you can help locally and globally. Whatever fits you...and you still can see and feel the impact.
For more information visit www.theuapo.org
Cheers to Brittany: another Rockstar of Giving.