Uganda: Ispirare Una Vita (Inspire a Life)

Children and facilitators at the playground.

The Art of Dreaming is geared towards rediscovering, redefining who you are and setting a lasting legacy for oneself.

Project description

Ispirare Una Vita is a Social enterprise with a vision of “holistically developed individuals towards community development and sustainability for interdependence”; based in Gulu – Northern Uganda. Since its founding in 2012 and formal registration in 2017, we have impacted the lives of children, youth and adults from across Uganda through various programs and initiatives. Our activities focus on discovery of self and potential, and skills and empowerment for interdependence towards community development and sustainability. Signature programs have included Art of Dreaming at St. Jude Children’s Home and Kapkwata Secondary school, and leadership training and career guidance at various local schools. We also hold events focused on nutrition, health, and team building.

Project outcome

Inspirare Una Vita is excited to welcome UB students interested in collaborating through mentored projects. We are open to all engagement ideas and are particularly interested in promoting and sharing our work and mission through digital and social media. We look forward to meeting you and learning more about your interests.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment A semester
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Variable
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer

Core partners

  • Irene Rina Akot, YALI Alumni - Business & Entrepreneurship Track 2016

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning; Director, Experiential Learning Network

24 Capen Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2834


children describing their aspirations.

Start the project

To apply for one of the limited spaces, send an interest email to with the following information and one of our staff will respond with more information via email :  

  • Share relevant background information about yourself and why you are interested in a global project.
  • Review the list of current global partnerships, list the three you are most interested in working with and explain why for each.
  • Explain what you hope to contribute to and gain from a global project.

Note that global partners rely on the contributions associated with ELN student projects and commit their limited time and resources to working with students. Accordingly, different projects will require varying amounts of time and strong commitment and follow through.  

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  1. Examine the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the history of the framework. Then select one SDG to focus on as you work through your project.
  2. Download and complete this PowerPoint template.