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Uganda Ho!

This Thursday, Caitlin and I will travel from Rwanda to Uganda.  I’m so excited –- both personally and for Global Grassroots’ upcoming expansion into Uganda, our northern neighbor.  We’ll spend a couple of days in Kampala and then head to Gulu, further north.  The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) periodically ravaged northern Uganda from 1989 until 2007, when Joseph Kony, leader of the LRA, fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Our trip will have several purposes.  We’ll learn as much as we can about northern Uganda’s current situation: What has happened to Kony’s former child soldiers?  What has happened to the girls once forced to serve as sex slaves to his army?  How are women involved in the rebuilding process?  What and where is the greatest need?  What organizations are working in the area, and who’s doing what?

We will also meet with a dozen potential partner organizations.  Caitlin and I will learn about their program structure and commitment to participatory development, and we’ll share the Global Grassroots philosophy, mission, and model.

In short, this is a scoping trip.  If all goes well, Global Grassroots will continue the dialogue with our most promising potential partners and launch an Academy for Conscious Change in northern Uganda this summer.

I can’t wait to see Uganda.  I really, really can’t wait to visit all the amazing organizations we’ve crammed into our trip’s schedule.  We’re going to learn so much both from their leaders and from their beneficiaries.

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