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SGA works to help Northern Uganda

Friday, October 26, 2007  
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By Sarah Gogarty

Schools For Schools gives students the opportunity to connect with the rest of the world and allows them to change things for the better.

Schools For Schools is a campaign that partners schools around the world with schools in Northern Uganda, Africa. Those schools raising funds must raise a minimum of $10,000 to donate to the campaign. The money will provide clean water, books, teachers and continue to support the growth of new classrooms and technology.

Students involved in the campaign are able to connect with other students raising funds and the students for whom they are fund-raising.

Invisible Children and SGA worked together in order to form a Schools For Schools campaign. Senior Representative Melia Turner is responsible for recruiting people to be thinking of new ideas and broader ways of thinking about the world.

“The biggest change we want to see is a change in mind set, to a global mind set,” Turner said

SGA’s and Invisible Children’s goal within the Schools For Schools campaign is to make sure people are informed about other parts of the world.

SGA organized an event to raise money for the campaign in which students could color a picture of Africa for $1. They are also selling T-shirts for $12. The campaign goal is high, but Turner believes it is possible to surpass the goal.

“We do not want to put a limit on what God can do,” Turner said.

Schools For Schools paired Oklahoma Christian with Gulu Senior Secondary School in Northern Uganda. All the money raised goes to improve Gulu Senior Secondary School.

It is in poor condition and the building needs major repairs. Pluming, electricity and furniture are high on their list of needs, but the largest need is new books and supplies.

“Education is one thing we can change that can improve their situation. Until the generation changes how it works it will not change,” Turner said.

Other opportunities SGA has developed for raising funds for Schools For Schools are a booth in the University Center during World Mission Workshop and Homecoming, selling merchandise and giving out information about the program. Also, every Friday after chapel, students have the opportunity to give any change they would be willing to donate to the campaign.

Invisible Children has made a large impact by spreading the word about the problems in Northern Uganda and finding ways for people to make a difference in the lives of the Ugandan people. With a 21-year war, the longest running war in Africa’s history, still taking place, Uganda needs help getting things back to a normal and hopefully better situation..

“It is an important video [Invisible Children],” student Amy Butler said, “I would try to do anything to help them because of Invisible Children. It opened my eyes to the problems they have there and the need they have.”

The campaign will end in February, but there will still be ways to get involved by helping raise money or planning new ideas.

“We have meetings every Wednesday night at around 9:15 in the SGA office, and anyone can come. We just need ideas and can use anyone,” Turner said.

Although Invisible Children is not a religious organization, this is Oklahoma Christian’s chance to make a difference through a secular organization and show the love of Christ to this organization and the people of Northern Uganda.

“Regardless [of their affiliation], it is important for Christians to be involved,” student Lindsay Bingham said, “No matter how much [support] they have, it is better with Christ.”

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