Susan Sarandon wrote -
I need your help to raise $300,000 by the end of January to prevent 300 Ugandan children from losing their home, access to education and chances for better lives. These kids have experienced unspeakable trauma as a result of the after-effects of Uganda’s civil war - being orphaned, forced into combat or made sex slaves - and they have nowhere else to turn.
They are students at Hope North, a boarding school founded over 17 years ago by Okello Sam, an inspired Ugandan artist who was abducted as a child and forced into combat. His revenge on his captors was to create a safe haven for thousands of children where they could rebuild their lives through education.
The $300,000 we need to raise will cover all expenses (housing, food, education) for Hope North's entire upcoming academic year, providing necessary stability as the organization awaits a substantial new source of revenue from a newly-formed partnership between agricultural entrepreneurs and Hope North.
If they don’t successfully raise the $300,000 needed, the school will be forced to make children leave as early as February, but there is nowhere else for them to go. They will be left to an uncertain future and lose the opportunities they have worked so hard to earn.
Your support will have an instant impact that can change the direction of these kids lives forever. Together we can intervene at this critical moment when they will either hold on to their hope for a brighter future or face a life of uncertainty and continued suffering. We can’t let that happen.
Okello says that “to build the conditions for peace, we must educate and empower youth.” Join me this holiday season, give the gift of Hope to Hope North!