In case you missed it, the Globe's Kathleen Burge offers a compelling account of Ugandans living in Waltham. The article ran in the Globe West section last Thursday.
The story of the 1,500 or so Ugandans living in Waltham tells as much about the former mill town and watch-making center on the Charles River as it does about the industrious Ugandans who have become the latest immigrant community there. For well over a century, Waltham has welcomed successive waves of immigrants, from the Irish to the Haitians. A Ugandan restauran, Karibu, has joined the many other ethnic eateries on (or just off) Moody Street that make Waltham one of the most diverse communities in Massachusetts.
A number of Ugandans are working in Waltham as nurses and in related fields. They are attracted by affordable housing and good transportation. Many send money home to support family members in the east African country.
And Burge writes that one of them, Wilberforce Kateregga, who has built up a cleaning company in Waltham, "couldn’t forget the young children, made orphans by AIDS, back home. Kateregga used $250,000 of his own money to build a boarding school that now has 300 students. He’s trying to raise another $300,000 for another building with classrooms, a library and a laboratory. Kateregga named the school after his new hometown: Waltham College."
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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