I Was Forced to Become One of Joseph Kony's 27 "Wives"

Evelyn Amony was abducted by the Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) when she was only 12 years old. For nearly three decades, this rebel group has committed a range of atrocities including the abduction of children, rape, killing, maiming and sexual slavery. Today Evelyn is Chair of the Women’s Advocacy Network, comprising more than 400 formerly abducted and war-affected women, many of whom are speaking out and effectively advocating for gender justice in Uganda. In her own words, she tells her story… ...more
It is so important for us to know what happened and to support women in areas who are victimized ...more

Ugandan Parliament adopts resolution to address needs of war-affected women

Years of advocacy by women’s rights groups including those monitoring justice for women with disabilities in northern Uganda pays off. ...more

HAS HELPING OTHERS HELPED ME?

Since the New Year, I have become actively involved in a project for Uganda.  Our current goal is to secure permanent land for the children of RUHU (Rising Up Hope, Uganda) orphanage so they are never evicted from another home again.When my friend, Jamie Macari, told me his story about living in Uganda for 9 months where he met Patrick, a local Ugandan who had been rescuing kids from the slums of Kampala since he was 20, I was compelled to become a part of their cause....more

HAPPY THOUGHT #41: Clean drinking water for 75 families! (Ugandan Water Project)

Ever get thirsty?  I do, and I have access to clean drinking water at multiple access points throughout my day.  Having traveled to Africa, I can somewhat imagine what it would be like to live in a hot country without clean drinking water at my disposal.  I also realize how disappointed I feel when I’m on a road trip with my daughter and she gets thirsty but I have no water in the car to give her.  I know it’s not comparable, but on a minor scale, it helps me understand....more

Today is World Water Day

Today is World Water Day, when we stop to recognize that nearly one billion people on our planet still live without access to life's most basic need: clean, safe drinking water; that’s one in eight of us. Image: Esther Havens via charity: water ...more
 @Elisa Camahort  @charitywater  Hah. I was thinking about donating again for Johnny Mac ...more

A Guest Post

Anne KimballBringing Borya Home...more

I Don't Want To Forget

It’s late afternoon on Christmas.  My kids and my husband are taking naps and the house is peaceful.  I have been given quiet time to sit and reflect.  If you are a parent of small children, then you know what a rare gift that is.   My mind is in Uganda.  It takes the 8,000 mile trip anytime I have even a moment to remember.  It is hard to believe that I was just there.  Not even a month has passed since my feet last walked on that beautiful red dirt.  I told my husband just yesterday that I am worried that I will forget.  Already, I feel li...more

Because I Can

I am in the home stretch.   In a little over two weeks, I will be on a plane bound for Uganda.  I have three long runs left in my training schedule.  Eight miles this week, 9 miles next week, and 10 miles on the morning of my flight from Denver to Minneapolis....more
I think it is amazing endeavor! I wish you the best of luck on your journey :)more

A Fortune Cookie Says It All

Last night, my daughter and I had a girls' night.  My little girl's first trip to Claire's was priceless.  We ended our evening with the dinner of her choice.  Panda Express at the Food Court.  Her favorite thing is getting the fortune cookie at the end of the meal.  I opened hers, read her fortune to her and watched as she gobbled the cookie in one bite.  Then, I opened mine.  I couldn't believe what I read:  "To reach distant places, you have to take the first step."  ...more

I don't know where I'm going, but I know it's right where I need to be.

Zack and I went on a long trail run yesterday just north of Miami at Oleta River State Park. The trails were fjalkfjaslf of the most difficult I had ever run on. We had no idea where we were going, and, at times, it was kind of scary. However, I needed to get a run in, so we pressed on. Eventually, we emerged from the forest, looked around, and found ourselves exactly where we needed to be. As I wasrunning, I thought about how what Zack and I were experiencing was similar to what my sister-in-law, Abby, and I are going to experience on our journey to Uganda with Team World Vision....more