While spending time in the rural town of Fort Portal in Western Uganda this summer, Hastings High sophomore Macie Clawson saw two local children kill a chicken on the spot, cook it and eat it.
Throughout her time in the African nation, Clawson said, she often knew exactly where her food was coming from.
Upon returning to her Hastings home, however, Clawson reflected on how far her food was traveling and how many rounds of packaging it was going through. The fresh, organic food practices of Uganda seemed a world away.
"When I eat something here, I don't know where it's coming from," Clawson said. "But in Uganda, it was as fresh as you can imagine. It was another world."
Clawson and two of her high school peers from Hastings were accepted to participate in the American Youth Leadership Program in Uganda through the BoldLeaders Organization, which facilitates cross-cultural exchanges and encourages dialogue between American youth and cultures overseas.