With only four days to go, staff is beginning to arrive in Kisubi to ready the school for camp on Sunday. At our inaugural camp, we'll have 50+ volunteer counselors and staffers to take care of the 150 boys coming from the far reaches of Uganda. We'd like to introduce you to a few of these exceptional folks.
Christy Prouty is one of three camp directors. Before joining the Peace Corps in Uganda, she was an environmental engineering master’s degree student at the University of South Florida. When not building an improved cook stove, you might find her cheering on her LSU Tigers.
Christy has been working with the headmaster and staff at St. Mary’s College to ready the site for camp. “Along every step of the way, regardless of the situation, they have been resourceful, informative, and creative in working around obstacles.” During the camp, we'll have a dozen volunteers working in support teams —media, logistics, facilities, project coordinators, et al. Christy's primary role will be working with the these staffers to ensure that the camp runs as smoothly as possible.
Christy's country upbringing and down-home demeanor will allow her to relate well with many of the boys. She grew up in the rural counties surrounding Jackson, Mississippi. She has two little brothers, JoJo who is 11 and Luke who is 3, as well as one older sister, Melissa, who is 26. She recalls that as a child much of her time was spent playing outside with her sister and next-door neighbors, Joy and Aaron. Christy says, “We would ride bikes, make forts in the woods, climb trees, and play games.”
When asked what sparked her involvement in the camp, she says, “My family has always been a source of instruction about and practical display of leadership, both male and female members.” Christy will be sharing those values with a new generation of Ugandans.