January 3, 2011
There are no words to describe the effect the people of northern Uganda have had on me and on my life. It's because of my involvement with ChildVoice that I have been blessed with this rich experience. I've been to northern Uganda with ChildVoice three times since 2007. The beauty of ChildVoice is that it's a young, grassroots effort. So working with the orgnanization takes you right into the heart of the matter...living in mud huts in rural Africa, interacting personally with precious Ugandans who are working to recover from years of rebel violence or time in captivity with the LRA, caring for babies and children who were born in the bush, etc. As much as I wanted to pour my compassion in to them, I left overflowing with all they had taught me. Seeing the transformation of young women from my first encounter in 2007 to subsequent encounters over the next few years was amazing and a true testament to the value of the work ChildVoice is doing in northern Uganda and preparing to do in war zones around the world. I am proud and blessed to have been able to participate in the mission of ChildVoice International. www.childvoiceintl.org
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
During my first trip to Uganda, I met many malnourished and disheartened young women who had escaped from LRA captivity, many with children. During subsequent trips, I saw them healthy, in both body and spirit. They beamed with hope, had gained marketable skills, were able to feed their children, and had received post-traumatic counseling to help them deal with their experiences in the LRA. The medical clinic I helped open on my first trip remains open today, staffed with Ugandan medical professionals.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Help ensure a solid focus is maintained. There is much to be done in northern Uganda and other war zones in the world, so it can be easy to try to solve parapheal probems. It's important to maintain a clear focus on the organization's primary mission.
Volunteer & Worked at a medical clinic in an area that had lacked healthcare previously, interviewed people who had been affected by the LRA in various ways, help plan communications and write articles for newsletters and other pieces, helped lead a mission team to t.