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Introduction to the images on this page: In the late
part of 2007, Betty (the founder of the school) told me about a
teenage refugee named
William's mother and father were murdered in 1996 by a terrorist group
from southern Sudan. He was only 6 years old at the time. His older
sister took over the responsibility of taking care of him. However, she
also was murdered by the same terrorist group in 2006. Following the
death of his sister, William decided that he wanted to become a
terrorist himself so that he could avenge the death of his family.
Betty told me that William needed a financial sponsor in order for him
to stay at her school, which would also provide William with an
alternative to choosing a meaningless life of terrorism and violence. I
agreed to begin financially sponsoring William at the beginning of
(It costs less than $50 per month to sponsor a student at the school.)
William's life was transformed! He gave up the desire to become a
terrorist! He become an encouragement to the other students at
the school. Other teen-agers who were refugees came
to Betty's school as a result of William's influence! One of these
students was named Oyet. I met William (who is no longer at the
school) and Oyet when I was in Uganda. Oyet had just recently
graduated. Oyet told me that he wanted to study psychology in
college and that he needed a financial sponsor to attend a
Uganda. I agreed to be his sponsor.
This is William, the student I
formerly supported at the school.
We met in the city of Arua.
From left to right: Oyet,
William, and myself.
This was one of my best experiences of the week!
This is Oyet standing in front
of a sign for the refugee settlement that both he and William came from.