A 21-year-old Burbank woman who is in Uganda working with a relief organization is safe after Sunday's terrorist bombings but is on lockdown indoors.
Paige Neuenschwander, a Columbia-Burbank High School graduate, has been in the African country since May, her mom, Carly, told the Herald on Monday.
Neuenschwander is a student at Brigham Young University in Provo and is spending four months in Uganda through the Utah-based HELP International.
She and about 20 other students are working in a village outside the city of Lugazi, which is about 30 miles from the capital of Kampala.
More than 70 people died and 85 were wounded when bombs exploded in a restaurant and rugby club in Kampala, The Associated Press reported. People had gathered to watch the World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.
An al-Qaida-linked Somali terrorist group claimed responsibility for the bombings, The AP said.
Carly Neuenschwander said she got a text message from her daughter and spoke to her by phone after the bombings.
Paige said she is safe and that the team is not allowed outside for now. They had been planning to stage an eye clinic for people in the community but that's been put on hold, Carly Neuenschwander said.
Her daughter recently wrote an article with another Help International worker about their efforts in Lugazi. It talks about a couple who have overcome great odds to run a school for nearly 200 kids.
"The school stands proudly in the community as a constant reminder to all that dreams do come true," the article says.
Help International workers have the goal of helping with sustainable projects to fight poverty, the article says.
Neuenschwander is supposed to stay in Uganda six more weeks before returning home to continue at BYU. She's studying public health.
-- Sara Schilling: 582-1402; firstname.lastname@example.org