It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness

siveriaocen
Posted January 13, 2020 from Uganda

My name is called Silveria Atim, I am a Ugandan and I live in Uganda. I’m the chairperson Rural Women’s Initiative for Peace and Development. It was formed with the sole aim to equip the needy women and young girls in Kole District, with the skills, knowledge and resources that they need to lift themselves out of poverty.

Well, we know that we don’t live in a perfect world. To take just one example, all children wherever they live, and no matter how poor their families, deserve a high quality education. Yet in many developing countries governments just can’t or won’t cover the cost of providing this. “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness”.

There is an alternative. A school that can generate its own income can provide education to even the poorest students without relying on government support or charging student’s fees. Establishing such a school in our community is the chance to light a candle.

As such, we thought it wise to establish a model pre-primary, primary and girls secondary school which arises the need to provide quality educational opportunities in Kole district, Northern Uganda which has lagged behind in overall development largely as a result of the war situation which the area got plunged into for well over twenty two years. The social conflict culminated in massive upheavals that have greatly devastated Northern Uganda.

We have been mailing all possible efforts to seek funding for our proposed project but we could not make it because the National and International funding agencies present here in our region are pretending that they are doing every thing but they are not. Some 80% of our population is subsistence farmers who live beneath the poverty line. Having seen the inhuman suffering the community of Northern Uganda underwent in the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army (the rebel group) led by Joseph Kony. The people of Northern Uganda are much deeper in poverty than other regions in Uganda.

I’m therefore, writing to ask your organization and generous people out there to extend a helping hands to our organization so that we can provide quality education and at the same time, to provide support women who are caring for orphaned children in our community.

With much thanks,

 

Best

This story was submitted in response to The Real Me.

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Anita Shrestha
Jan 13
Jan 13

Dear Sis
Very very good work you are doing. Keep it continue. Finger crossed.
Cheer

Jill Langhus
Jan 13
Jan 13

Hi Silveria,

Welcome to World Pulse! Thanks for sharing a little about the current situation in your are of Uganda. Are you in charge of finding funding for your organization? Does your organization have a website and/or social media page(s) for us to like/follow? You can also post your "need" on the World Pulse "Resources" section along with a way for people to "get involved" should they like to donate to your organization. It's also easier if you have a funding link for people to go to. This is the World Pulse "resources" page link:
https://www.worldpulse.com/my-pulse/resources

Hope to hear more about you and your organization soon. Have a good week!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Silveria,
Thanks you so much for your post and for the good work that you are doing good for our fellow countrymen.

Please share the links of your social media pages so that we share and spread the work of your good work.

Keep us posted on the updates if your work.

siveriaocen
Jan 21
Jan 21

Hello,
Greetings from Kole District in Northern Uganda!
Thank for your advise.
Please, I will keep on sharing with you any progress.
May the good Lord bless all your undertakings.
Best!

Hi Silveria,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a joy it is to know another voice from Uganda is rising up!

I love your heart and your vision. It is true, education is truly important, and it is everyone's right to have it. Please follow Jill's advice on posting a " Need" on the Resources Page.

World Pulse in itself has no funding capaciity, but it can be a platform to connect women in need and women who want to help. I hope you can find a network of women who can partner with you in this endeavor. This is truly an important work.

Thank you for sharing! We're happy you are here.

siveriaocen
Jan 21
Jan 21

Hello,
Greetings from Kole District in Northern Uganda!
Thank you for your advise.
May the good Lord bless all your undertakings.
Best!

Beth Lacey
Jan 14
Jan 14

Good luck with your work

Lisbeth
Jan 14
Jan 14

Hi siveria,
Congratulations on the post and you are very most welcome. What a sad story! I suggest you also think about crowd funding. You never know.
I really wish you the best in your generous acts.
Hugs

lizzymark
Jan 15
Jan 15

Hi sis welcome to world pulse, its a place you can find encouragement and connect with women like you who have same passion and are doing great too for their communities. And like Jill said you can post it as a resource, possibly you may find help. Hope you get the help you need. Thanks for shearing

coolasas
Jan 18
Jan 18

Hello Silveria,
I live in Uganda too, in the Arua district as a humanitarian aid worker. I understand your sentiments as I had a glimpse of the countryside beyond West Nile.
I hope that one day, you will find the support you need to pursue your passion to help uplift the lives of the people in your community, especially the young girls (and boys) that will be one day lead.

Good luck
Coolasas

siveriaocen
Jan 21
Jan 21

Hello,
Greetings from Kole District in Northern Uganda!
Thank you for your comment.
Please, do keep in touch.
May the good Lord bless all your undertakings.
Best!

Elizabeth Ziro
Jan 19
Jan 19

Education is the key to success. We advocate for literacy in Kenya and I can hear you very well.
Be stong and take a day at a time, Rome wasn't built in a day. Il be sharing with you all resourcesful links that can be of helpful, meanwhile start where you are with what you have.
Be blessed

siveriaocen
Jan 21
Jan 21

Hello,
Nice to hear from you!
I look forward to share more with you.
May the good Lord bless all your undertakings.