According to Jon Clifford reporting for the SLTrib (10 Aug 2011):
Kearns • You can see the concern in Jim Wirkus’ face, hear the urgency in his voice as he talks about the conditions of schools and villages half a world away.
He describes the huts that pass for classrooms, the desperate need for basic school supplies and squalid conditions that surround the schools. He shows pictures of children who don’t know where they will get their next meal.
Wirkus, a sixth-grade teacher at Beehive Elementary School in Kearns, has seen the conditions in Uganda and is working to improve them.
Last year, he joined with Global Solidarity Partnership, a faith-based effort that helps build schools and clinics and aids villages in the genocide-ravaged African nation.
Wirkus, who also teaches at the Bridges of Hope Academy boarding school near Cape Town, South Africa, returned last month from his third visit to the continent. He has other trips planned in September and early next year.