Sara's Trip to Uganda
Organized by: Sara Carlson
As my graduation from UNH approaches, I have been praying and wondering what should come next in my life. For the past two years I have had an overwhelming amount of heartache learning about the hundreds of thousands of child soldiers that have been abducted or coerced into entering war. An opportunity has surfaced to join ChildVoice International (CVI) this June to work with children like these. CVI is a non-profit organization seeking to restore the voices of children and communities silenced by the war. The civil war that broke out in Uganda between the government and the LRA Rebellion Army did a tremendous amount of destruction to the country. Now, almost 10 years later, I will have the opportunity to not only serve the Lukome Centre in northern Uganda, but show love and compassion to the children and communities affected by the war. For just over 3 weeks I will be traveling to Uganda with a group of 6 other student-athletes from UNH. Once in Uganda, we will have a multitude of works to take part in. A soccer field will be built and we will offer a sports clinic for the children in the community. I will personally have the opportunity to use my business degree in pursuit of helping the Lukome Center strive for financial independence in the future. I hope to further my reasearch on "The Reintegration of Child Soldiers: Lessons learned in Africa," speaking directly with those who have experienced these challenges first hand. We will also have the opportunity to visit Fort Patico which was the Arabian Slave trading center for years. In addition to this we will also be able to meet former commanders from the LRA, which will provide us with a glimpse of understanding the 'other' side, opening up our perspectives on why people do what they do. Another extremely exciting development to our trip is having Ugandan college students paired with us during the entire duration of our trip which will aid in our understanding of their culture and lives. In the evenings of each night we will be leading a chapel with our fellow Ugandan college students at the Lukome Center. Though this trip and these activities provides me with the opportunity to serve others, I feel that by simply experiencing their lives and culture, there will be an even greater impact on me than I could ever have on them. I am beyond excited for this opportunity to go and make a difference in the lives of children and adults in Northern Uganda. My heart is full of hope and joy for what is to come in this experience, but I know that I cannot do this by myself. I would like to ask you for support through a donation. This trip will cost around $3,500 and it cannot be made possible without people such as yourself. If you are unable to make a donation, or can contribute and are inspired by what we aim to do, please spread the word among your community! The funds raised will go towards covering the cost of my trip, and any proceeds over my goal will go directly to ChildVoice and the children they serve. If you wish to give in a tax-deductible way, the link to give through ChildVoice is http://childvoiceintl.org/donate-now/. Under the "Additional Information section, simply specify you wish your donation goes into my fund. Throughout my trip I will be keeping a blog to post our trip updates. If you wish to stay updated, I will have it up and running before we depart in June. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and God Bless!!