PITTSBURG — Students at Pittsburg Community Middle School learned about life on another continent Thursday.
Native Ugandan Henry Mello spent Thursday afternoon giving multiple presentations to PCMS students in Teacher Lynette Wescott’s classroom. Mello spoke to students about the differences — and similarities — of life in the U.S. versus life in Uganda.
Mello is part of a group known as Mercy Uganda, which works to provide necessary resources to small communities in Uganda, such as digging wells for safe water, helping schools and more.
“We work with schools, churches and communities to help provide for rural villages,” Mello said. “We help them by digging wells, we have medical teams, construction teams and more.”
Mello discussed other challenges facing Uganda, such as diseases and cooking without electricity.
“Maybe 20 percent of people in Uganda have electricity,” Mello said. “But even those with electricity do not use it for cooking.”
Mello also told students about the impact Joseph Kony had on Uganda a war between Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army and the current Ugandan government. Kony was known for taking young boys from Ugandan schools as child soldiers.
“The aftereffects of his war still haunt Uganda,” Mello said.
Lighter topics were also covered, like how men and women dress in Uganda, as well as what schools in Uganda are like.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.