Kibale Project

When it comes to extracurricular activities and philanthropic projects, McGill students are known for going the extra mile. Now you can help a couple of them go even further – half way across the world in fact – to help deliver accessible healthcare to rural African communities.

In 2009 McGill students raised $20,000 to help develop and launch the Health and Conservation centre in Kibale National Park, Uganda. With a full-time nurse and medical doctor advisor, the centre provides basic healthcare and conservation education, while the mobile clinic delivers similar services to remote villages in the area. Together, the two entities provide communities surrounding the park with reliable health care, outreach education to prevent diseases, as well as wonderful training opportunities for students from McGill University. Now, with continued support from the McGill community, the project coordinators in Kibale would like to hire at least one, if not two, McGill students as interns in order to continue developing the people-parks relationship that is so crucial for environmental sustainability. For a student, the experience of educating the Kibale community on health, safety, and environmental conservation is truly invaluable; and with the recent addition of the mobile clinic, the network of people who can benefit from the centre’s services has expanded.
An internship at the Health and Conservation centre will provide students with interdisciplinary learning opportunities and hands-on, practical experience acquired by supporting one of the main training centres for Canadian Field Studies in Africa program. Moreover, the benefit to locals in the region can be life changing. Give now to support this incredible project, and help McGill students make a difference while growing and refining their own world view. All funds collected will go towards supporting one to two student interns during the summer of 2015.

What are the top 3 goals of this project?

1) To provide health care to the local community;
2) To provide the community with tangible benefits from the park in an effort to improve people-parks relations;
3) To contribute to student development and growth through providing an internship that can touch on many disciplines including Anthropology, Psychology, Business Management, and so on.

Meet the Project Team: 
Shannon Gavrilchuk
  • Majoring in International Development Studies
  • Summer intern for the Kibale Mobile Clinic Health and Conservation project
  • Loves Rowing and Yoga
Mathilde Bertin
  • Studying anthropology, international development, and Hispanic language studies
  • Intern for the Kibale project during the summer of 2014
  • I grew up in Nepal, so it was interesting to compare rural livelihoods between Nepal and Uganda!
Dexter Waters
  • Studying Biology and International Development Studies
  • I was involved with the Kibale Project through the Student Association for Medical Aid at McGill
  • I love breakfast burritos
Cynthia Liu
  • Studying Biology and Anthropology
  • Director of Media Communications for the Kibale Mobile Health Clinic and had the chance to visit in May 2014
  • Is passionate about primatology and wildlife conservation