Let me say again, I have no problem with “invisible children”. I love what they do and what they are doing. Bringing awareness to real atrocities that people tend to ignore so as not to have to deal with them. Thank God for an organization passionately putting their time, talent, and treasure where their mouth is. I’m all for the campaign to bring Kony to justice, truth is it should have been done long ago.
My question today is a simple one. What happens when He’s brought to justice? It is my understanding that Kony and the LRA, while still posing a threat have little influence or even presence in Uganda and are mostly hiding. He and they should be brought to justice!
I would like to take the opportunity while this buzz and awareness is humming to say we need to deal with the issues, the plight of the Ugandan people, that give way to the Kony’s of the world.
A nation savagely torn by HIV/AIDS. where, as bad as that is, more people will die from Malaria. A nation who as a result of war, and disease, and even poverty has an over 2.5 million orphan population.
Yes let’s flood American streets with the message to bring Kony to justice, but then let’s take those same feet that will “cover the night” with a message and “cover a nation” with the methods of restoration, regeneration, and renewal.
I know a group who is providing plastic surgery for victims of Kony’s tortuous maiming and dehumanizing act of cutting people’s faces to make them ashamed to be seen in public.
It’s one thing to say I care, someone should do something its another to actually raise funds and coordinate efforts to bring hope and dignity back to people who were mutilated by a maniac and his kidnapped, forced army of children.
I know people who have looked the HIV/AIDS issue in the face and
starred it down by providing medicines and solutions to the results of the travesties caused by this horrible pestilence on society.
There are people who have heard the voice of God to do something about the orphan issue and have provided villages built specifically for joining orphans to a home, parents, medical care, education and a message of hope that will change their life forever.
Rescuing babies from trash heaps, toilets and even buried alive. Taking them in and taking responsibility for the rest of their life. Raising them to take responsibility for themselves and their hurting nation.
They are helping marginalized women who will not make it without help.
The organization I speak of is our friends Gary and Marilyn Skinner at Watoto.com.
Watoto Documentary from Watoto on Vimeo.
So let’s cry out for justice and for awareness but there is something beyond awareness called action. Let’s take a step of action and help the people of Uganda.
How? Go there with a mission.
How? Partner with someone who is and has been doing something.
We will be building again this year in partnership with Watoto if you would like to help please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to help Watoto directly go to http://www.watoto.com
Let your awareness fuel your action. Do something more than talk.
Then maybe we can keep another Joseph Kony or the like, from rising to power. It’s love and compassion that causes us to help.
Let it rise in you!