The truth of the matter is that I don’t know how to best help people in Uganda. That Joseph Kony guy is a real douche and it would probably be a good thing if he was hunted down and brought to justice.
But all that really bad stuff he did happened a few years ago, long before he fled Uganda and went into hiding. And now he’s got the U.S. military’s Special Ops on his tail. I don’t know that I can do much to help that. Those guys are way buff and a lot smarter than me.
What I do know is that there are quite a few people working to make life better for people who live in Uganda today.
The Ugandan Water Project is a group of people here in Rochester who spend every waking hour of their day trying to bring more clean water to people throughout the region.
Later tonight my wife will be getting together with some friends to cut patterns of denim to ship off to the folks at Sole Hope. These materials will then be turned into shoes which will help keep harmful parasites from infecting children’s feet and provide skills training and jobs to people in Uganda who would have no hope of economic upliftment otherwise.
I could donate $30 to Invisible Children and get a “Kony 2012 Action Kit,” wear a t-shirt, post some videos, etc. Or I could donate that same $30 to help bring clean water to people who desperately need it, or save some child’s foot from being amputated. They’re all valid choices, and they all have merit.
As a person who has seen enough killing and bloodshed in his lifetime, and as one who believes Jesus pretty much hated that kind of shit, I have much more peace about contributing to the later. And will continue to do so.