[MUSIC PLAYING] COURTNEY SKIERA: I live in Kampala, Uganda, splitting my time between two causes. I'm the country director of an organization called Kwagala Project. This organization is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating vulnerable women and girls from situations of sex trafficking and exploitation. My education at Walden University has equipped me to work with this population and help train the staff in practical and applicable ways. Our goal is to empower these beneficiaries to become reintegrated within their communities and to become, themselves, agents of positive social change.
The other half of my time is dedicated to a nonprofit my husband and I founded called AKA Hope. This charity is designed to educate and empower the community in [INAUDIBLE], a slum area populated largely with refugees and displaced persons. Our primary focus is on providing education for some of the most vulnerable children, most of whom are orphaned and have been living on the streets.
The reason I chose Walden was twofold. First, I could begin my work in Uganda immediately through the distance learning structure. Second, the focus on social change has brought a very real and practical lens to my studies. I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue with higher education while contributing to the community here in Uganda, Africa. I'm privileged to be a part of the Walden community, a supportive and active body in the world.