How IC in Uganda

9 04 2008

Today I received an email from my friend and supervisor in the States. It’s pretty exciting stuff and I wanted to share it with all of you. Thanks to those who’ve signed up for donating to Invisible Children through TRI (reoccuring monthly donations). It’s because of these donations that we’re able to support the below.

PS This email was sent to the Invisible Children staff. You’re in the know. Sweet.

Hey guys,

I know we have never been about the numbers in Uganda. We are about the people, the individuals, and how we can have the greatest impact on their lives and their personal stories so that they, in turn, can have the greatest effect on their communities and their country. IC has very intentionally invested in the few with the greatest potential, so we can unquestionably say that it’s not about numbers in Uganda.

BUT, if it was…this is what it would look like:

-690 secondary school students receiving scholarships from across Gulu, Amuru, Kitgum, and Pader; each with a Ugandan mentor, being given the opportunity and guidance needed to become the next leaders

-60 university students receiving scholarships in Uganda (as of fall ’08), 40 girls and 20 guys from impoverished communities, who are also receiving the academic advising necessary to succeed and transform their lives and those around them

-1 university student in the US. She will be attending Boise State in the Fall ‘08 to pilot international scholarships.

-179 bracelet makers, trained in savings and investment, supporting their families and reinvesting their money into programs that stimulate economic growth in their communities

-10 child mothers making handbags, soon to be trained in savings and investment, supporting their families and rising out of extreme poverty

-90 staff members, each giving back to their community while simultaneously earning a great income to support their entire families.

That’s a total of around 1,030 people whose lives will never be the same. Not only that, they are each being invested in so heavily that their families will never be the same. Here is where it gets crazy. The average woman in Uganda has nearly 7 children. Yes, 7. It’s the 8th fastest growing population in the world. Using a conservative estimate we could say that the people listed above have an average family size of 7. Knowing that each of these people is transforming their family’s situation, that’s over 7,000 people whose lives are being changed through IC in a fairly direct way. And that’s before Schools for Schools.

At this moment, Schools for Schools is changing the future for around 8,400 kids in ten schools.

If you add that to the total above, without even factoring in the S4S kids’ families, that’s over 15,000 people that are tangibly affected by IC, many of whom will take on leadership positions, create growth and healing in their communities, and cause impact and change in Uganda that we will never even be able to measure. 15,000—that number doesn’t even count any extended family, friends, and neighbors who are finding support through members of the IC network.

Much love.

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