A local non-profit organization, SeeeMe, held a fundraiser earlier this month for a junior school in Uganda (the Queen of Peace school) which was built in 2017. Some Cache Valley residents recently had a chance to travel there to see the school. On KVNU’s For the People program, Sonia Manuel-Dupont said SeeeMe is an outgrowth of Engineers Without Borders which is similar to an organization many have heard of: Doctors Without Borders.
“That is a student group that we have on campus at (Utah State University). Bill Grenney, from the Civil Engineering Department, started Engineers Without Borders, so when he retired he wanted to continue working on projects in Uganda. He had been working there for several years and still had some things he wanted to finish, so he started SeeeMe, which stands for Sustainable Education Economic & Engineering,” she said.
In addition to building schools, they do engineering projects like drilling wells, putting in solar (panels), make micro-loans to women and school girls to help them sew reusable sanitary pads so that young women can stay in school and not have to miss weeks at a time, they do teacher training, start eye glass clinics and much more.
Manuel-Dupont says they are fortunate to have local volunteers who have expertise in all these different areas who can travel there to tackle the projects they have lined up for each year. She said they would love to have more who are involved in business, engineering, education and medical fields. More information is available on their Facebook page and also at SeeeMe.org.