Monday, April 27, 2009

The Crisis in Uganda and How You Can Help Make A Difference!

In today’s modern world, we’re used to things being a certain way, to things being right and fair. We’re used to the underdog winning and justice always being served but unfortunately in some parts of the world, in places we in our everyday lives rarely think about, horrific things are happening to children who have no way of escape.

The reason for the post is simple, I want to tell you guys about a crisis that is happening in a country called Uganda, a crisis that compared to lets say the economy rarely gets as much media coverage simply because what’s happening in Uganda may make you sad, uncomfortable and concerned but the story of the children in Uganda needs to be known.

In Uganda, like any other country there are children who live their lives unconcerned with the problems with adults but in the villages and towns of Uganda, something is happening, War Lords only concerned with their own profit and gain, come through the villages and take the children.

Once the children are taken, they put a gun in their hands and force them to fight. Threatened with dearth and torture, these children as young as seven are forced to do things no grown man in the west would even consider. It’s also almost impossible for these children to escape because if they’re caught they are killed or worse, some of the child armies force siblings to mutilate each other when they tried to escape.

I mean think of it this way, let’s say your safe at home then all of a sudden, men with guns burst into your home, they take you plus your younger siblings. They beat or kill your parents then put a gun in your hands and tell you to do as they say or they will kill you. Imagine if there were armies of children with guns roaming the countryside of America, can you imagine all the riots and protests there would be for those children’s protection?

But this isn’t happening in America, its happening in Uganda a country that seems an entire world away but everyday in Uganda horrific things are happening to these children but you have the chance to make a difference for these children and help them escape the horrors of war.

This summer in June, I will be returning to the Mission Field specifically Uganda, I will be going with Global Expeditions ( the same organization I went to South Africa with) and we will be working in the refugee camps with the few children who were looking enough to escape the child armies. We will be building shelters, providing food, medicine and clothing. We will be showing these children that someone does care about them and wants them to have a better life.

However the cost for this trip is around $5,000 and I do not have the amount, so I am asking you to be a part of my mission trip with me, to send me on your behalf to Uganda to help change the life’s of these children and in turn change the world.

My first deadline for this trip is May 4th when I have to have in half ($2,500) of my amount into my organization (Global Expeditions), if I don’t have half my amount in by May 4th I cannot go. So if you want to change the world through me and are willing to donate my mission fund that is beyond amazing and below are the instructions on how to donate.

Please go to and click ‘Search by Missionary ID’ then enter my ID # 2450486, this will take you to the form to donate into my account.

Any amount will help even if you can only give $20 that will still make a huge difference in getting me to Uganda.

Let’s say 200 people read this post and they each donate $20 that’s $4,000 right there and most of my trip is covered. So if you can donate then I thank you in advance and also please check out a charity called ‘Invisible Children” they are an amazing ministry who specifically work with ex child soldiers and preventing the abduction of any more children. I believe there website is

So if you plan to donate to get me to Uganda then thank you so much and your donation will make a difference in Uganda but please do educate yourself on the crisis in Uganda, please pray for the children in Uganda and know that one day somehow this crisis will be stopped in Uganda but for now we can all do out little part to make a difference =]

God Bless,

Grace Hatton – Teen Author