Dawn Taylor is very excited to be making her second trip to Uganda and St. Mary Kevin. She was a member of Team 5 in 2011 and knew she would return to visit her many new friends at SMK.
This visit is special because she is bringing her daughter, Emily, with her. It will be Emily’s first trip to Uganda.
Dawn loves staying connected to Change the Truth and to the children of SMK. Her teammates have become friends, and she is looking forward to making new friends with Team 7.
Dawn’s trip to Uganda in 2011 was part of the inspiration to start a social impact business with a friend in Kansas City. Their products are designed by artists, and each purchase helps support access to clean water in countries like Uganda, Haiti, India, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh. Dawn’s company, called Red Dirt (named in honor of the red dirt of Africa), works with Water.org, which is based in Kansas City but works in many developing countries to create healthy, easily accessible water that helps build healthy communities.
Emily Biegelsen is a 16-year-old high school student from Prairie Village, KS. She goes to Shawnee Mission East High School (the same high school where Team 4 volunteers David Muhammad teaches and Emily Collins attended). This is Emily’s first trip to Uganda and she is excited to join her mom on Team 7.
Emily is a good student, and her favorite school subjects are English, Spanish, and Choir. This year she is a photographer for her school’s yearbook. She works very hard on her classes and her activities. She is part of a community service club called SHARE. She really enjoys being with her friends and is looking forward to making many new friends at St. Mary Kevin.