Uganda Native and UA Graduate Looks Back

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From Africa to Texas to Massachusetts and then back to Uganda, this 2001 Ursuline graduate has made a huge impact on the Ursuline community and continues to do so every time she visits.
Agnes Kasule (pictured left, front row) and her five siblings were raised by Catholic nuns in an orphanage in Uganda. To raise money for the school and orphanage Kasule and the other children gave performances, including traditional African dances, around Uganda. They first toured in the Unites States in 1994 and then again in 1996. The second tour completely changed Kasule’s life.
Alexis Hefley, Dallas resident and co-founder and former president of Empower African Children, discovered Kasule, her brother, and another girl while they were performing in America and offered them the opportunity to come back over to the Unites States to study. Kasule, 13 at the time, and the others agreed.
Once living in Texas with a host family and attending grade school at Alcuin, Kasule’s life was changed. When it was time to apply to high school she was offered a scholarship from Ursuline Academy and accepted. She felt Ursuline was “a good match because the sisters were Catholic and raised her Catholic.”
The education in the US was a completely different style than it was in Uganda, Kasule said. She said that the teachers at Alcuin and Ursuline worked on a more personal level than the teachers in Uganda. In Africa the teachers came to the class and lectured while the students took notes, whereas in the Unites States the students went to the teacher and had more of a discussion type of learning.
Science was never one of Kasule’s strong subjects, but “in physics Father Deeves) just had a way of teaching” said Kasule. Rather than taking the normal approach and giving his students a blank test with questions, Father, who died in 2010, gave his students the test with the questions and answers. The students had to work towards the answer, which sounds easy, but according to Kasule “it was still difficult.” The art classes, including ceramics and photography, were a few other classes that Kasule enjoyed while attending Ursuline.
During her senior year, when it was time to apply to college, Kasule was interested in Georgetown University in Washington, but they did not accept her. After talking to her counselor, Boston College was brought up, and Kasule applied. She looked at pictures online and liked the campus, and after getting accepted, Kasule packed her bags in the fall and went to study there without ever having visited before.
After college Kasule decided to go back home…her first home, Uganda saying “I always knew I wanted to go back home. Deep inside I always missed home and I knew I had the ability to do more at home than in the USA.”
Kasule currently lives in Kampala, Uganda and runs her own business, cultural tourism. She creates custom made tours of the country for companies all over the world coming to Uganda. She works with them to create itineraries that tailor to the group’s specific interests in the country. Kasule also works with corporations with women in business to help educate and inspire young women in Uganda.

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