Blog Category: Uganda

Partnership Gala, round 2

Partnership Gala, round 2

2nd Annual Partnership Gala and World Conflict Speaker Series

Going to be incredible this year:

1.  Keynote address from Joel Bukenya, of Kampala, Uganda.  Directs Blessed Hope, a center that cares for war orphans, former child soldiers and aids orphans.
2.  Recap of our Iraq project
3.  Food from Basil’s and Briar Rose
4.  Live Music
5.  Silent Auction

$25 for 1 ticket $40 for 2 or $140 for a table of 8

Monday August 27th at 7pm at the Fayetteville Town Center

charles@forgottensong.org for tickets

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6 Days

6 Days

Everyone, this is our last blog post before leaving the country!

Some last minute updates…Dylan finished a trailer of the Uganda film he’s been working on that will be shown this summer. Its great! Check out the “Heart of a Champion”  trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zC5YeT2J8c&feature=youtu.be
We’re really excited about what we’ll be doing in Uganda, but even more excited about the project at hand- Iraq!

Dohuk market

We are just 6 days away from a vision that’s been in place for over a year now, and we’re more than ready to move into action. We have an elementary classroom in NWA ready to be our ginny pigs for our live feed with the Iraqi Education Institute. As soon as the school is up and running with students filling the desks, we’ll be linking up with kids back here in Arkansas for a unique learning experience that will benefit both parties. We’re über excited about that!

Dohuk before the rain

Things are coming together nicely for the 2nd Annual Forgottensong World Conflict Speaker Series & Partnership Gala. We have our speaker confirmed- Joel Bukenya from Kampala, Uganda. It will be a delight to have him here to share his story and what’s going on in Uganda. He’ll be sharing his vision for the “champions” in his homeland, a vision that we will help carry out with our project in Uganda later this year. So mark your calendars for September 6. Ticket sales are TBA.

Dohuk

All of you athletes out there, get ready for a big year in 2013. We be doing both a fundraising 5k run, as well as a bike trek from Fayetteville to Dallas. So start training now!

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see ya on the other side of the Atlantic on our next post!

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13 Days

13 Days

13 days….we’re so close we can smell the Iraqi dirt! Our Iraqi friends have completed all necessary tasks preparing the school for launch, thus they eagerly await our arrival so that the ball can get rolling.
Welcome to Dohuk!

Last year, we learned that the group we’ll be working with has a monthly supplemental food distribution program to those living in poverty throughout the city of Dohuk. With the surplus of money we’ve been able to raise here in Northwest Arkansas, we plan to more than double the number of families provided for with this program, making a huge impact on the city. Thank you all for your generous support that will make this an achievable goal!

In other news, our 2nd Annual Forgottensong World Conflict Speaker Series & Partnership Gala is beginning to take shape. We already have a guest speaker confirmed from Uganda, as that will be the country of focus for this year’s gala. We are excited to hear firsthand what is happening on the ground there, and what we’ll be able to do to make an impact in the region. The gala will be sometime in early September at the Fayetteville Town Center, so mark your calendars for a great event! Ticket sales will start mid-summer, after our return from Iraq.

We look forward to updating you with news on the ground in Iraq, but until then, thanks for keeping up with us!

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Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Its been a while since our last blog update, but you can now look forward to a new one every Tuesday! A lot has happened since our last update….so here goes.

We have met (and exceeded) our funding goals for the Iraq project, and just this week purchased our plane tickets. We will be headed out of the country April 23rd! So, with just under a month before we leave the country, we as a team are focusing on preparing ourselves for what lies ahead. We ultimately have everything in order for when we hit the ground in Iraq, but there are a few things we’d like to have in line before we go. That being said, we are still in need of a few laptops for the school. If you, or anyone you know, has an old one that you can donate, that would be greatly appreciated.

On a side note, Dylan and Koleton had a successful and favorable visit to Uganda over Spring Break. They were able to gather plenty of prime footage, including an interview with Uganda’s Vice President, for an up-coming film on our project there. Dylan is busy at work squeezing those hours of footage together into a short film for us, and we’ll have it ready to show in the coming months!

As a team, we are über excited to get going, and to put to action the vision we have set before us. Thank you all so much for support in helping us get to this point! Thanks to you, we’ll be affecting the lives of those affected by the war in Iraq and providing for them hope for a better future.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading!

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