Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Small-scale development, big impact: Hope for orphans in southwestern Uganda
by Fryman, Brandon, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 147; 1499252
Abstract (Summary)

Although Uganda leads Africa in combating the AIDS epidemic, thousands of children have lost their parents to this disease. The government is welcoming international development projects within its borders, including those providing opportunities for education and sustainable development. This thesis analyzes the activities and value of a Christian-based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) providing medical, spiritual, economic and educational services to orphan families and their caregivers. Relying on ethnographic data collected from rural families, local social workers, and international aid workers over a two year period, I argue that by using local resources this NGO cultivates new skills and the agency to lead healthier lives. After an eight month period, families see positive changes such as higher income, lower reported illnesses, and higher turnout at school, work, and church.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howell, Jayne
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African Studies, Cultural anthropology, Sociology
Publication Number: 1499252
ISBN: 978-1-124-85738-1
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