2005-08-04 / News

Wineberg off to Uganda on cultural mission

Sarah Wineberg of East Shore Road will travel to the African country of Uganda later this month as part of a team of people involved in a cultural exchange program with that country.

Wineberg, 14, a student at the Rocky Hill School, said she made an application to Plan USA, the sponsoring organization, after learning about it from Mary Wright, a Jamestown resident and teacher at Rocky Hill.

Organizers selected Wineberg and three other students from Massachusetts and Connecticut who will travel with four adults for two weeks to learn about the people of Tororo, Uganda.

The youths will work together to collect images, sounds, and sto-ries that represent life in the vil-lage. These will then be used to create a virtual village, where vis-itors to the Plan Web site may tour a Ugandan village, seeing the photos, short videos and facts, as well as hear music and interviews with people living in the village.

The village is part of a three-year Plan USA project aimed at improving the quality of life for children and families in the Tororo district living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Wineberg said that each person will have a specific role on the trip, and that she will be one of the interviewers. the interviewers.

“I’m very excited,” Wineberg said about her upcoming trip.

“How many 14-year-olds get to go to Uganda without their par-ents?” Wineberg continued.

She said that she expects that the AIDS epidemic will be a big topic for her interviews, and said that the village they are going to is different in that where there was once a serious problem with HIV/AIDS, “they have learned to overcome it.”

A budding photographer, Wineberg said she plans to take many photos while on the two-week journey, which she will share with the Press on her return.

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