A civil war has been taking place in Northern Uganda for the last twenty years. Members of a rebel group known as the Lord's Resistance Army have been fighting the Ugandan government for control of the region. As a result, thousands of civilians have been murdered, 1.5 million have been displaced, and children live in fear of being kidnapped and forced to fight for the rebel army. Many families seek refuge in the capital city of Kampala.
Once farmers, most of these families now work in the stone quarry. They break rocks into tinier pieces all day long, earning a little less than $1. Many children who should be in school are forced to work such jobs as well. The Christian Upliftment School provides meals and education so that they do not have to work and continue in the cycle of poverty. It gives them a childhood and a future. It also provides work for educated teachers and cooks where work is hard to come by otherwise.
The Christian Upliftment School will educate 200 children each year, giving them a childhood and a future. As a result, they will grow as individuals with several times the amount of opportunities for work and life in general, than if they were not educated. They will also likely live longer as stone quarry work is very dangerous. By pairing students with foreign sponsors, we facilitate life long relationships and support that can provide security and opportunity for the student past school.
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