To Be Heard…

In May it will have been 5 years since writing my first blog entry on this site. I am proud of my commitment, but it is also strange to think that I have undertaken this task for half a decade or a third of my life… Over this time, I’ve gone through so many highs and lows with writing. Some […]

My Greatest Privilege: The Ability to Travel

The first month of 2019 is off to a blistering start, as it seems just yesterday I was enjoying the snowy holidays with loved ones. 2019 has already had ups and downs for RUFC. On the up side, we have sold out our 2019 Youth Vision Trip and collected and dispersed tuition for 12 kids to start their new school […]

New Year’s Resolutions

My siblings (including Miriam) and I on Christmas Eve. Happy New Year! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season full of love and appreciation for friends and family.  Here at RUFC we are so grateful for the support we have received this year and would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has made a donation or attended […]

Sharing our Programs…Together

Our first RUFC poster! I’m excited to share our experiences! Happy Halloween! October has been full of monumental achievements for us at Ray United FC and we look forward to the opportunities that await us moving forward. On this spooky day, I’d like to quickly describe what’s on the calendar for us in the coming months. First of all, this […]

Data Driven

Me collecting data with a tablet with the preloaded survey. All our data collection is done digitally. ​This year I had the chance to personally collect data from the youth participating in our annual RUFC Football and Health Camp. We seek to collect data from our campers to help inform and focus our educational efforts and to generate evidence of […]

Safe Space

In  August, the world celebrated International Youth Day, a day during which we appreciate all of the hardworking, dedicated, and talented young individuals across the globe. I get so excited by the idea of youth leadership. I truly believe this generation of youth is different. We are connected in unprecedented ways through technology and by fostering connections and  friendships early in life […]

The Joy of Cooking

Yesterday I was reminded about the things we share with my friends living in rural Uganda, as well some differences, as I enjoyed cooking dinner for my family. For many in the US, the process of cooking dinner usually amounts to going to the store to buy the necessary ingredients, and cooking them over a gas flame, or even a […]

RUFC Camp Results in Life Changing Opportunity

​RUFC’s fourth annual soccer camp which concluded last week was another wonderful success. As always, we provided soccer training, health education, healthy meals, and a health clinic on the final day. We once again reached over 1,000 youth throughout Oyam District. We endured very long bus rides in the mud (got stuck a few times) to ensure that we reached […]

In Honor of Mother’s Day

Humanity. The person I feel most embodies humanity is my mother.I’d like to thank her for raising me to be a compassionate and understanding person.And more recently, pushing me toward goals I am sometimes unwilling to strive for.For reminding me that love doesn’t come with hubris but with humility and the conviction to put others before yourself.I’d like to thank her […]

How We Represent

I like this image because it shows Meddy Katende, 3 year RUFC volunteer who is a health professional based in Kampala, leading an exercise with teens while USC student Ashley Millhouse looks on learning not leading. I’ve learned to be very careful with the language I use to explain why I do what I do. I stress social justice, not […]