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SPORTS AND PEACE BUILDING 2019 PROJECT OPPORTUNITY – Sport Court at Ocer Campion in Gulu, Uganda - $50,000 Fundraising Goal
About Gulu, Uganda - For twenty years Northern Uganda has been plagued by violence at the hands of a rebel group, the L.R.A.(Lord’s Resistance Army), led by Joseph Kony. The L.R.A. committed unimaginable atrocities against the most vulnerable members of the Acholi Tribe. Children as young as eight years old were captured, and forced to serve as soldiers, torture and kill even their own family members.
The Ugandan Government, in an effort to protect the people of Northern Uganda, set up I.D.P.(internally displaced persons) camps. Hundreds of small huts were built to house thousands of people in a very small area. Widespread disease, malnutrition, depression, and alcoholism are among the devastating effects of the overcrowded, unsanitary conditions in the camps.
Since 2007, violence in the region has ceased and many Acholi people have begun to move from the camps back to their land. this transition is difficult and filled with challenges. An entire generation of people has never learned to “dig” – to prepare soil for planting. For many years, health workers worked with people within the confines of IDP camps where people were easily accessible for services but where overcrowded conditions brought about serious health problems. While sanitary conditions are better and life is more productive, adjustments have to be made with regards to reaching people to provide health services and education.
Ocer Campion Jesuit College (OCJC) is located in Northern Uganda, in Awich village, eight kilometers out of Gulu town. The school project was championed by the Jesuit Province of Eastern Africa in 2006 as a post –civil war recovery initiative for Northern Uganda. For over two decades, Northern Uganda was engulfed in the infamous Lord’s Resistance insurgency which left many families and the entire region in shambles. The school is one of the many recovery and rehabilitation projects that were established to help rebuild, resettle, give hope and restore human dignity to the many children and families who had been affected by the war.
In 2010, the school opened its doors to the first 35 students who joined a preparatory primary seven class. In addition to the primary seven class, the school now runs a lower level Secondary level section with a population of 617 students.
OCJC is a private boarding catholic Jesuit founded school and is run by the Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus. Ocer Campion is a mixed school offering quality education to both boys and girls from different religious affiliations.
Fr. Tony Wach, SJ, serves as the founder and project director of OCER Campion Jesuit College in Gulu, Uganda. He is a Jesuit originally from the Wisconsin Province but has lived in Uganda since 1991. Fr. Wach served as the Jesuit Community Superior in Kampala from 1996 to 2002 and again in 2006-2010. His other work in Uganda has included spiritual direction, retreat work, the formation of local clergy, and promoting vocation; Wach helped found the John Paul II Justice and Peace Center. He has been involved with OCER since its inception in 2005; he was a teacher and administrator at Creighton Preparatory School in Nebraska from 1972 to 1991.