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Sunday, 13 February 2011 13:10
Written by Ashley Woodward
Please find below a message from by my brother and former Beechwood Tourist, Grahame Woodward, who is undertaking a month long trip at his own expense to support a charity in Uganda. Please take the time to read, follow his experiences via his blog and if possible make a donation in order to support his efforts. 
 

 
Uganda_Blog_PictureJust when the media is full of news of people being evacuated from the African continent, I'm raring to head off in that direction!
  
After much preparation, I have flown out to Uganda for my month's Charity placement, hopefully to "make a difference" to the lives of those children who are really in need of support. 
  
I will be working as a volunteer in Gulu, in the north of the country, where the people have literally had their lives torn apart over the past twenty years by a combination of civil war and HIV/AIDS. The net outcome has been the complete devastation of their communities, leaving thousands of orphans and child-headed families. Furthermore, those who have survived carry deep emotional scars due to their traumatic experiences of rape, witness to murder and other atrocities.
  
Fortunately, over the last two years, security and peace have greatly improved in the region......and with the support of a number of charities, significant progress is being made to somehow re-create a degree of "normality" in the lives of the local people.
 
I have now set up a blog specifically to keep a record of my experiences over the next month, and hope to make it both fun and insightful.
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I would be delighted if you would follow me through this adventure on the following link:  www.grahamewoodward.blogspot.com
My commitment to this very worthwhile cause (Comboni Samaritans of Gulu) is unequivocal - I am more than happy to devote a month of my time as a volunteer and will be paying all my own costs.
 
Please spare a thought for the traumatised children of these communities and make a donation directly to the International Refugee Trust via the following link: http://www.justgiving.com/Grahame-Woodward .
 
Many, many thanks for your kind generosity.
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 February 2011 16:34
 
 

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