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Tale as old as time.

(Today’s post is from Katharine Wright, one of our staff serving the children in Uganda.)

It’s the age old battle that forms the basis for many film and book plots. The battle of good versus evil! Sometimes in life it can look like the battle is being lost by good-but that’s never the end of the story.

I was going to write this blog the other day but I was too angry. It doesn’t happen often, I like to be happy and I like making people laugh, but I really was angry. I witnessed violence, a case of mob justice against a young man who had committed a small crime. A crowd of people were gathered round with sticks, there was beating and there was cheering. Young and old alike were there completely ok with joining in, determined to exact revenge. In that moment it looked like evil was winning.

Thankfully in this situation the police were able to do something and intervene. But what made me most angry is that this is illegal and yet not uncommon, beating someone, even beating them to death is seen by some as just another form of ‘justice’. It is not a reaction that is unique to this place, cases of revenge and retribution small and large take place in every country across the world. The other day I came face to face with it and suddenly for me it became all too much of a reality.

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Protecting vulnerable children by diversion.

A few years ago I worked for a company that helped organizations communicate their strategies using visual metaphors. These visual metaphors were often a top down look at the organization, its processes and systems.

It was by viewing challenges at a different altitude that companies, departments, and even individuals could see things from another perspective and ultimately gave them clarity about how to solve the issues they faced.

We are extremely blessed to work alongside professionals who not only care about the present needs of the imprisoned children we serve, but the “big picture” as well.

Working to stem the tide of vulnerable children finding themselves in a prison facility, our legal director Aaron Murphy has designed a curriculum that have rolled out in partnership with the Church of Uganda.

Diversion Training

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Jenny Clark

This is the story of a little boy.

I do not know his name.

I did not have the ability to change his life in any way in my short time in Africa.

But he had the power to change mine.

I had the privilege of visiting a number of ministries in Uganda and Kenya in the summer of 2011. I was motivated to go by my church and our commitment to spend 2% of our time in another context, sharing the Gospel and showing the love of Christ to those in need.

Jenny and a new friend

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Meet: Jacqee

A few years ago Jacqee and her brother were collected off the street and dumped at “M”.  Their mother knew they might end up here so she made the long journey by foot to look for them.  Most likely she tracked them down because they earn her living, not because she loves them so terribly… Read more »

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Meet: Peter

This is Peter. He is 11 years old. He was left there by his grandmother for not doing his chores… who knows where his parents are. He tried to hang himself during his first week if that is any indication to you his quality of life. Peter is still not allowed a shirt because they fear… Read more »