SMF Robbery in Uganda

March 27, 2012 | By wickley wickley

Yesterday, when Burim returned to his room after attending church, the door was open and he found he had been robbed. Our laptop, backup hard drive, camcorder, camera, and tape recorder were stolen. In addition to this, many of Burim’s clothes and personal items were also taken.

Pennywhistle Students at Gulu Central Elementary School, March 2012

Burim has been in Uganda since February, and he is doing amazing things there. We are running programs in 4 schools and also working with former child soldiers who have never attended school, and street children who can’t attend school. We are iworking with children in Gulu and also in the Pabo IDP Camp.

Youth Volunteer Isaac Helps Burim Teach at Gulu Central Elementary School, March 2012

This theft is a big blow to us. We do not own many things. Our money is stretched very tightly to run our programs, and I don’t know how we are going to replace these

items. Our programs in Uganda are going so well, but we are finding that we need to send Burim to Uganda twice per year in order to build up our programs enough that they will be able to run independently. I thought our biggest struggle this year would be raising the extra $15,000 we

need to return Burim to Uganda in the fall, but with this theft we now need to raise additional money to replace these items. And we need to replace them as quickly as possible.

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Former Child Soldiers who Can't Read or Write, Now Learning to Read and Play Music, March 2012

Thank you for making our Uganda program happen. Thank you for all that you do to give these children who have known nothing but violence, a chance for peace. Peace within themselves and peace in their communities as they become peacemakers and teachers of peace in their schools, camps, and communities. They are amazing children and they all want to work to make the world a better place.

I love you all.