Brianna Harlan via Crowdrise
August 22, 2010
BENEFITING: Invisible Children
For the past 21 years, the Lord's Resistance Army ( a rebel group) has waged war against the Ugandan government. This has left the area extremely impoverished, the land war torn, and its people fearful. However, the most horrific aspect of this war is that the Lord's Resistance Army forced CHILDREN TO FIGHT for them. This meant snatching children from their villages and schools, taking them to the Bush (the training grounds for the LRA) and forcing the children to fight and abduct more children. Thousands of children were abducted from their homes and countless were brutally beaten and murdered.
Now, a temporary truce between the LRA and the Ugandan government is in effect and peace is in sight. The number of children in the LRA has greatly decreased, so we can direct our focus to other issues besides children as young as 8 fighting in an army.
Through the Invisible Children organization, duPont Manual High School's Action for Africa club has joined the program Schools for Schools. Through this program, schools from the United States are raising money to send to schools in northern Uganda. We want to help those kids that have been in a war ridden area their whole lives, give them a place to feel safe and secure and provide something they desire so badly- an education.
This is where we come in. Manual is trying to raise money and collect books and do fabulous things for these kids in Uganda. Our mission is to support Lacor Secondary School like never before.