Confused over Invisible Children and #kony12? Try Supporting WAR CHILD.

So. Over the last few days its been difficult to be on Facebook / Twitter and not come across the KONY 2012 campaign. In case its new on you, its a campaign designed to stop Joseph Kony abducting children and using them as soldiers to gain power for himself in Uganda.

Now there is some confusion over how this campaign is ran, and about the people behind the campaign… Check out visiblechildren.tumblr.com for a fair amount of information.

But the important thing isn’t the campaign itself, but the fact that this sort of thing is happening. Therefore if you do feel compelled to do something, I’d suggest to sponsor War Child:

 

Support War Child

 

What is War Child doing?

We’re helping to get children out of army uniforms and into school ones.

War Child has worked with former child soldiers in Africa for many years. In Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) we’re currently helping to reintegrate former child soldiers back into society and into education.

Many child soldiers go through formal Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) programmes when they are free from the armed groups. These programmes tend to focus on the needs of boys but aren’t always so sensitive to the specific needs of girls. As a result, girls are often a very vulnerable and marginalised group even among children who are already excluded and rejected by society.

That’s why we’re focusing our work on girls who have been used as soldiers or their ‘wives’ in northern Uganda and eastern Congo.

We’re providing vital education, counselling and health services for girls – and helping to tackle the huge stigma associated with being a girl soldier. Whilst boys are considered to be dangerous and violent, girls are often seen as ‘damaged goods’ by their community and family. This is especially true if they have suffered a sexual assault or have given birth to a baby.

Picking up a gun again is often the easiest way of regaining the respect of their community. We’re enroling them into school and helping to reunify them with their families if that’s deemed to be the best solution. Some of the children find it hard to sit still in a classroom after enduring years of violence and constant relocation in the bush, so we’re also providing vocational and skills for independent living where appropriate.

http://www.warchild.org.uk/issues/child-soldiers

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What are you doing on March 3rd?

Sleepeasy Exeter This year the church sofa lads are going to be taking part in the national SleepEasy Sleep out, to raise money for Exeter YMCA. You may have noticed a post a little while ago about a homeless chap and because I work for Exeter YMCA I used that story to convince the other Andy to sleep rough for a night. SleepEasy is an event where we will be spending one night sleeping rough to raise money for the work Exeter YMCA do with the homeless and disadvantaged in Exeter.

We both hope that this will also give us a bit of an insight into what life is like if you are homeless (though we’re not naive enough to think that one night will make it obvious). And we’re hoping that we can raise lots of money to support this great work. Youth homelessness is a bigger problem than ever before and we need more and more people to do something about it.

We’re now asking you to sponsor the Church Sofa Lads to do this, even a few pounds will make all the difference. £60 could provide brand new kit for when a new Exeter YMCA resident moves in; such as a duvet and pillows, cutlery and crockery, oven gloves etc; £75 could provide ongoing support for one young person for one month after they Exeter YMCA accommodation; £180 could provide 6 group sessions a year for 8 young people such as, job clubs, cooking classes, budgeting skills, etc.

All the money raised will go directly to Exeter YMCA’s work in helping homeless young people in Devon. Youth homelessness is on the rise and by taking part in the Sleep Easy you can be part of the solution. Through your support, Exeter YMCA is able to provide over 14,000 nights’ accommodation a year to vulnerable young people. We also provide tailored support, helping our young people to overcome the problems which have blighted their pasts. Finally, we equip our young people to lead positive, happy and fulfilling futures.

 So please to sponsor one of the Andy’s please click here to go to a justgiving page.Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.So please dig deep and donate now.

Y-walk for Exeter YMCA

ThisAndy of TheChurchSofa is going to be walking 15 miles across Dartmoor (for those of you who don’t know a very big, fairly empty place, with giant rocks and things in the way, otherwise known as moorland) this Saturday (10th September).

You may be wandering why anyone would do this, well it’s to raise money for the work of Exeter YMCA, the charity that ThisAndy works for. Exeter YMCA work with homeless and vulnerable young people in and around Exeter as well as working in prisons and the unemployed. As I’m sure you’re aware 15 miles is a long way and a lot of it is uphill 🙁 so if you’d consider sponsoring ThisAndy to do it that would be great and make it feel a lot more like a worthwhile activity.

 

If you want to sponsor Andy please click here  http://www.justgiving.com/Andy-Hood0

Or if you would like to know more about Exeter YMCA or the Ywalk event please click here http://exeterymca.org.uk/

 

All the money raised on Y-Walk will go directly to Exeter YMCA’s work in helping homeless young people in Devon. Youth homelessness is on the rise and by sponsoring ThisAndy to take part in Y-Walk you can be part of the solution. Through your support, Exeter YMCA is able to provide 14,000 nights accommodation a year to vulnerable young people. We also provide tailored support, helping our young people to overcome the problems which have blighted their pasts. Finally, we equip our young people to lead positive, happy and fulfilling futures.