SGA works to help Northern Uganda
Friday, October 26, 2007
By Sarah Gogarty
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
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
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
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
“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,”
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.”