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The Church of Uganda Responds to Kony 2012 Campaign

The following article was originally posted by the Anglican Relief and Development Fund:

The Church of Uganda has been made aware of the Kony 2012 campaign initiated by the US-based organization, Invisible Children. The Rev. Canon Alison Barfoot, Assistant to the Archbishop for Int’l Relations has released a statement in response and a portion of this statement reads:

“While Invisible Children has been a good partner with the Church of Uganda, they are not the only organization working in Northern Uganda. The Church of Uganda, through its dioceses working in the affected areas, has a number of programmes related to rebuilding educational infrastructure, improving health services, providing water and sanitation services, orphan care, and community development projects. The Church is in every village with schools and health centres, is in touch with needs at the grassroots, and has a solid accountability structure. Some people may want to support the ongoing efforts to restore normal life to the people of Northern Uganda through other organizations.” To read the full release, click here.

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) is accepting tax-deductible contributions for Church of Uganda projects that address currentconcerns in Northern Uganda. These projects will go through the ARDF research, approval and follow-up process providing donor accountability. ARDF is honored to partner with the Church of Uganda. The Province of Uganda has a proven track record of development and is uniquely qualified to support this work as follows:

1) With more than 500 local congregations, the Church of Uganda is active at the grassroots and is found in every village and community throughout the affected areas in Northern Uganda…not just an office in a major town.

2) The Church of Uganda not only has churches where Kony survivors and victims find solace, counseling, healing, and hope, but it has many schools, health centers, and community development projects that have practical impact.

3) Only three churches in Northern Uganda survived the war; most people are still worshiping under a tree and long for the day when they can gather and worship when it rains because they have a building again.

4) The Church of Uganda provides approximately half the education and health services in Northern Uganda. Most church-founded schools and health centers were destroyed during the war, and they need to be rebuilt.

5) Boreholes and wells at church centers and in villages need to be redug so there is access to safe, clean drinking water as people rebuild their lives and communities in their home areas.

6) The Church of Uganda is running a number of vocational training programs that could reach more people if greater funding were available – tailoring, carpentry, brick laying, catering, etc.

Archbishop Robert Duncan said: “The Northern Uganda Rehabilitation effort of the Church of Uganda will be immensely significant in rebuilding countless lives, families and communities. Let’s do what we can to aid our partners in this Matthew 25 work.” (As you did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me – Matthew 25:40)

To financially assist projects that address current concerns in Northern Uganda, click here.

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