In lieu of my Thursday Fund-documentation post, I am going to share with you a recent article, published in The New Vision on May 12th. It was written by Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard Kennedy School. He makes a case for women’s education, using African Rural University (ARU). ARU is under the URDT umbrella and it is the only all women’s university in Uganda.
Everybody likes an inspiring story, right?
I thought that today we would let the girls tell their own story so I am sharing a video.
I wrote last Thursday about the why story and how I discovered that I couldn’t articulate it for my friend in a Skype conversation. I am going to attempt to tell you some of it today and if this is not articulate, well, there is always the comments section.
For now, this is my challenge, putting emotion into words. My friend explained to me that I needed the people to connect to me as a person, and that presenting it in a story- like most of my first paragraphs of motivational letters- does just that. I need to work on that story and I need to make it clear and urgent. It is still not easy because it is still pleading but this time with the personal, and I can only hope that by telling my why story, I will be able to help the URDT girls get that school truck.
I was afraid to have the word out there.
Not because it’s not worth it but because I was afraid to ask for money. I was afraid to not raise the amount I had set for my goal. I was afraid of asking people twice or not having them listen to the cause. I kept the fundraiser on hold for over a month as I talked to myself into starting. I know I always tell myself, that if you do not try- then you will never know.
Nothing that threatens another human being’s security, freedom and general well-being can be termed as a small issue. It is a big issue. It is a gigantic issue. It is a humongous issue. And we cannot- we cannot- let such issues pass over and over again, which is what we do when we do not hold leaders accountable; leaders who seem to remain unaware about the implication of their actions.