– Jun 04, 2012
War Child's Director of Development, Gabrielle Duchesne, is currently visiting our program in northern Uganda. She has barely been there for 48 hours and already has much to share...
I arrived in Kampala on Saturday to visit War Child’s Access to Justice program in northern Uganda. Today was our first visit to the field office. In the car, on the way to the office, traffic was bustling. People were starting their day, walking down the red sandy streets, balancing tremendous loads on their bodies and zipping by on their motorbikes and bicycles. Driving here is a fine balancing act of avoiding massive potholes and steering clear of pedestrians to avoid injury.
After spending the ride with my eyes closed, we arrived at War Child’s primary country office in Gulu. It was immediately a flurry of smiles, hand shakes and introductions. It was early but the office was full.
As we sat down to hear program updates, the passion in the room was contagious. This was one of those moments when listening is accompanied by enthusiastic nods and endless smiles.
Throughout the day, I met with Sam, William, Eve, Lucy, Bernard, Benson and Mark. And it seemed that every success update was more inspiring than the last; the staff were tremendously proud of their many invitations to meet with local change makers to influence and draft policy and the engagement of women in outreach activities had doubled over the last three years! It was also exciting to listen to our program staff talk of the program they so clearly poured all of their energy into. It was in that moment that I realized why War Child is the leading provider of sexual and gender based violence programming in northern Uganda. The answer was sitting in front of me: our dedicated staff.
Access to justice is a vital service. It is saving lives. And here were the people working tirelessly to implement this program. As not only a staff member, but a donor to War Child, I could see instantly that I had made the best investment. These programs work. Seeing first hand the dedication of our national staff allowed me to fully understand the possibilities for the future of this program.
Later in the afternoon, we heard of a case where a woman and her five children had been inherited following the death of her husband. Her new husband had dragged her around her plot of land to select a spot for her burial. He was going to kill her and seize the land. One of our incredible community volunteers intervened and brought the case to War Child. Today, she lives in her home with her children and through mediation, sensitization and the ongoing support of War Child she and her children are safe.
So many people had worked hard to make this happen. And across many districts, all over northern Uganda, this team is assisting more children and mothers like her – whose stories are just as harrowing.
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I was born in Sierra Leone and now live in Edmonton AB, Canada. I just want to say thank you so much for such an amazing story. This stroy brought tears to my eyes, knowing that MY people are still suffering but yet have a positive attitude towards life. Thank for this wonderful story :)
I am impressed. If all this is happening in real world and real life and time, in Uganda, then we are by all accounts, on our way to seriously addressing some of the most critical issues bedeviling sub-regions of Northern Uganda, which was devastated by more than a decade of war and civil strive, leaving many in human need and want.
Continued community education and essential skills training,supported by legal advocacy and action, is an important step forward, towards eradicating such evil in society, in hopes of empowering rural communities, for a more tolerant, cohesive, inclusive, democratic, peaceful, just and fair society.
Such is a surmountable task for one group to accomplice, on their own. Every effort War Child is making in that direction, should be supported by all those who care for the communities living in the sub-regions of Northern Uganda.They should pitch in. whatever support they can garner. So, what sort of sacrifices are you willing to make, to successfully accomplice this noble task? To improve conditions of living and change people's lives for the better! What action can you take now?
Wow, that really sucks. Poor Charles, it must be hard to here that your sister got raped. Luckely he had the training he needed.
Everyday we get closer to a solution!
This is a wonderful initiative, many thanks to those who have done the work to bring this day about!
Well music has always been a relaxing and enjoyable medium to relax in this phase of life. It is the only way by which people of different qualification come together to make something that targets the amusement of the public. So here is the example of something happening for everyone.
Sound Recording Studio
People who live luxuriously at rich counties do not care about the environment or generation of waste. Eventhough the awareness programs are conducted, they wouldn't follow the rules properly. But people in the undeveloped countries use less amount of energy and recycle as much as possible. Due to inadequate facilities, people follow the simple way of life and they save lot of natural resources. Small things can achieve big targets.
Perhaps the time has arrived for more peace talk and less war talk
When will the auction begin on August 8th? What is the link to it?