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Fundraiser @ The Gallery Lounge

First of all, a big thank you to everyone that helped to organize our exhibiton in the AMS Art Gallery this past week! All the volunteers, sponsors, and “photo purchasers” are greatly appreciated!! It was a very important event for our young club and helped to raise a great deal of awareness and funds. For those that bought photos we will be contacting you next week to arrange pick up. The remaining photos can be purchased at…


Our group’s next event in the Northern Uganda Campaign is a fundraiser this Thursday Oct 19 @ 7pm @ The Gallery Lounge in the SUB, featuring a night of drinks and acoustic live music and some African drumming for good measure…

Come out, have a good time, and support the cause.


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Uganda Rising


This post was originally on the blog in May but seeing as how Uganda Rising will be screened three times in Vancouver leading up to Guluwalk on the 21st (on the 10th, 11th, and 16th) I thought I would re-post it for people to get an idea of what they’ll be going to see/walking for. For more information on the screening visit our “Events Schedule” page above.

From the Uganda Rising website:

Film Synopsis
For two decades, the Acholi people of Northern Uganda have been caught in a civil war between a rebel group whose main objective is inhumane terror and a government whose military response has often increased misery and suffering. Over one and a half million people have been displaced into camps and over 25,000 children have been abducted­­––to be used as soldiers and sex slaves.

And yet through it all, every day across Acholi-land something remarkable happens. Against a backdrop of dismal statistics, miniscule opportunity and unpredictable terror, in a part of Uganda forgotten by the world, children who have never known peace, face the day as if to live this way is normal, as if they still believe in the future. These children are the embodiment of resilience and hope. This film is the story of Uganda, her stolen children, and the fight to be free.

Originally titled When Elephants Fight: Stolen Children in Uganda’s Hidden War, the 82-minute documentary Uganda Rising has garnered acclaim from numerous film critics as well as the support of dozens of NGOs across North America and Europe for its groundbreaking story about the 20-year war and humanitarian crisis in northern Uganda. The film includes a rare interview with Uganda’s President Museveni (when he was a rebel leader working to overthrow Idi Amin’s coup) as well as interviews with human rights experts Mahmood Mandami, Samantha Power, Noam Chomsky, Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, and internationally renowned northern Uganda peace negotiator Betty Bigombe.

The film also features an interview with Dr. Erin Baines, who works at the Liu Institute for Global Issues here at UBC.

October 5, 2006 at 11:52 pm 1 comment


Notes from First GFIC Mini Conference:

Mobilization of Youth for Development


1)      Apathy, overexposure to developing world poverty through ineffective means of communication, poor methods of dissemination of information

2)      Lack of opportunities to increase personal identification (i.e. field projects)

3)      Media Bias (on the part of
Africa and the West)

4)      Identification of incentives for youth/No feeling of ownership of projects

5)      Distractions/competing interests/lack of available time

6)      Mistrust due to previous failed projects by NGOs and governments

7)      Students know that they WANT to do something, but they don’t know HOW


1)      Targeted development education

2)      Continuous and energetic promotion of issues

3)      Promoting transparency within organization in order to build trust

4)      Offering opportunities for field work alongside financial subsidization in order to make such work accessible to a large variety of individuals

5)      Alternative youth programmed media (literature, websites, podcasts, music, films)

6)      Increase awareness in the West of the benefits of international development to our own country (culturally and economically)

7)      Peer education Programmes

8)      Sports involvement in local communities

9)      Integration with school curriculm at jr high/high school level

Participatory Approaches to Community Development

–         Need partnerships with CBOs, not just NGOs

–         The involvement of many stakeholders increases the ownership of the project as well as the financial resource base

–         Long term sustainability is the major benefit of community participation/leadership

–         Direct interaction with the community requires cultural sensitivity and awareness

–         Mobilization of the community can be difficult due to issues of population size, mistrust, and limited resources/incentives

–         Problem identification at the community level prior to project design limits ability to plan projects ahead of time and makes it difficult to secure resources from aborad ahead of time

–         Following problem identification, need project design and implementation as well as long term monitoring, availability of time is a huge factor when dealing with university students (need to integrate follow up internship program)

June 24, 2006 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Week two update

Following our relaxing weekend in Masaka, we have returned to 10 hours days in Namuwongo as we continue our participatory appraisal (PA) of the community. On Monday we started working on the first tool of PA, the community resource map. The approximately 60 representatives from all four zones gathered outside the church, our regular meeting place, and drew a map on the ground using local materials that represents the community. It included valuable resources as well as hazards. From viewing such a complete map that is really a reflection on the resident’s perception of the area, we were able to make some simple deductions. Things such as a lack of toilets, road access, access to health clinics, access to clean water, and the close proximity of rail lines will all factor into future discussions when we create the Community Action Plan (CAP).

Tuesday marked the beginning of the second tool, the transect walk. We split ourselves and the representatives into their four respective zones and set out to draw a complete cross section of the zone, complete with notes regarding soil types, vegatation, land use, problems, and possible opportunities. It was excellent to see the representatives take ownership of the project and act as leaders out in the community as well as in our meetings in the church.

Today FICUBC and PEMO members set out to conduct a demographic survey of the community, which has given us valuable baseline data regarding population, incomes, health and sanitation issues, and community perceptions of outside organizations.

We look forward to continue introducing new tools over the next 2 weeks and look forward to the exchange in ownership of the project from our organization to the community members.

June 14, 2006 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

Masaka Weekend

This weekend we took a short trip to Masaka town, about 2 hours southwest of Kampala. It was a great chance to enjoy some fresh air and a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city. We stayed at the Hotel Brovard and visited a number of shops and restaurants, which is about all there is to do in Masaka.

Saturday afternoon we travelled to a small village of 3000 called Kitengesa, about 30 minutes outside of Masaka. This is the location of a YouLead (an organization at UBC) development project. We toured the community library with Daniel, the local librarian. We also had the opportunity to see the new YouLead house/resource centre under construction. Kitengesa is a wonderful village and a place I think we all would like to visit again.

On our way home we stopped off at the equator for some touristy pictures 🙂

June 11, 2006 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Video from GFIC Uganda Project Summer 05

May 24, 2006 at 12:20 am Leave a comment

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