Not everyone gets to have a positive influence on an entire profession in a developing country...
...but God has blessed Engineering Ministries International with this opportunity through our Survey Practicum programs. On Friday, I will leave for Uganda to participate as a trainer and trip leader for one of these programs.
The Survey Practicum program consists of two main courses:
A 2-week course for 30 Civil/Environmental Engineering students from Uganda Christian University in April/May
An 8-week intensive course for 8-9 Geomatics Engineering students, hand-picked from various universities in Uganda that runs in June/July, including completing a field survey for an eMi project
The students from these schools have learned a lot of surveying theory in their classes, but the schools don't have the equipment to allow them to gain the practical skills necessary to find employment. Not only does the practicum provide them with these skills, it encourages professional integrity and the importance of a relationship with Jesus.
So far, this has led to the creation of a surveying firm by a few former practicum students. eMi Uganda often hires this firm to complete time-sensitive surveys as they are able to trust the skill and integrity of these professionals.
One of the students who started this firm, Martin, will be joining our team later this week as a trainer for the 2-week practicum at UCU (in Mukono, Uganda), along with two other former practicum student trainers. He has also been part of an eMi Canada project trip to Malawi.
I've linked a video below from last year that shows a bit more about the program. You can also check out the project page at emicanada.org.
I do have a few prayer requests for this trip. Please pray...
For Liz and Asher while I am away
For safe travel to Uganda, within Uganda and back home
For the health of the team while we are in Uganda
That God is preparing the hearts and minds of the students
For the weather (we are arriving in the rainy season!)
For Sam (one of our Ugandan trainers) who was involved in a car accident over a week ago and is still recovering
Thank you for your prayers and support that allows eMi to provide programs like this one.