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IST444-Newsletter - What We Do Ashlei Smith We are story...

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PAGE1 We are story tellers. We make documentaries about war-affected children in east Africa and tour them around the world. We use the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest running war in Africa. Our model has proven effective, and hundreds of thou- sands of people have been called to action through our films and the volunteers that tour them. We are made up of a tireless staff, hundreds of full time volunteers, and thousands of students and supporters. We are young, we are citizens of the world, we are artists, activists, and entrepreneurs. This fall, we are using our voice to ask President Obama to spearhead efforts to bring peace to Northern Uganda. We are mobilizing a generation to capture the attention of the international com- munity, and make a stand for justice in the wake of genocide. But our work extends far beyond storytelling. With the support we receive from our tours and young supporters, we are able to implement cut- ting edge programs on the ground in Uganda. To prioritize and understand the needs of the commu- nity, our Uganda staff is 95% Ugandan. We focus on long-term development, working directly with individuals and institutions, to best understand the needs of these war-effected areas. We rebuild schools devastated by war, benefiting over 8,400 Ugandan youth in the areas of water and sanita- tion, books and equipment, refurbishment of struc- tures, teacher support, and technology and power. We provide 690 scholarships to specifically chosen secondary students and 180 full ride scholarships to University. We employ mentors that holistically oversee healthy development for our students. We have also implemented micro-economic initia- tives that are impacting 360 Ugandan’s in transition from internally displaced camps to their origi- nal homes as well as 13 formerly abducted child mothers who are now self-sufficient through our tailoring center that provides training in savings, investment, numeracy, literacy and health. These savings-and-loans initiatives have allowed villagers
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