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We hear their cries,
their words and dreams,
Yet nothing changes,
Or so it seems.

The children are hurting
The mothers, they cry
There is no one nearby that can help
And they want to know why.

why are their cries silent
to the ears of the west
why do their dreams fade
when we can offer them the best.

the best hope for these children
it comes from you and me
so open up your wallets
and take the time to see.

the dreams of the silent children
who are suffering so bad
lets give them some comfort
and some things they never had.

like love, care and support
from a stranger they’ll never know
you may not believe it
but it can really help them grow.

to know someone they never met
cares and supports their choices
gives them something to inspire to
and makes them use their voices.

for far too long
they have sat silent
living with war, displacement and fear of abduction
in an area that is just so violent.

for the children of Uganda
life has been so unfair
so we all need to take a stand
and make sure that change comes there.

lets show them that we’re here for them
lets show them that we care
lets show them that the world is listening
and lets help end their despair.

I urge you to open your eyes
And see them through your heart
Donate some of your hard earned cash
And give these kids a head start.


COPYRIGHT 2009 R.A.Fowler

A poem i wrote dedicated to the Silent Children, for all of those who have been and still are silent, we hear you.

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Sydney Rescue Event

I saw the website say that as at 2009 there are over 1 billion people in the world hungry, and thought to myself, we really are in a world where ignorance overrules right. The World Food Program have issued this News Release.

This year, mainly due to the shocks of the economic crisis combined with often high national food prices, the number of hungry people is expected to grow overall by about 11 percent, FAO projects, drawing on analysis by the US Department of Agriculture.

Almost all of the world’s undernourished live in developing countries. In Asia and the Pacific, an estimated 642 million people are suffering from chronic hunger; in Sub-Saharan Africa 265 million; in Latin America and the Caribbean 53 million; in the Near East and North Africa 42 million; and in the developed countries 15 million in total. Why is the media not reporting on this? How in 2009 can our world be in a worse position than the 1980’s? With the advancement in technology you would tend to think that life would change for at least the better. Well assuming gets us no-where.  I find it so hard to comprehend the amount of violence and poverty gripping our earth at this point its to me beyond comprehension.  Slavery in the world is bigger now than ever before, a 32 billion dollar industry going on right under most of our noses! Asia Pacific, USA, Canada, India, Middle East and even my own home of Australia have been caught up in the slavery trade.

For years i had no idea that these things were going on in the world, i was a materialistic person that cared for myself and family and local community but never really paid attention to what was going on in the world. At that point Invisible Children and a tumor came into my life and changed me ever so much. I watched, i learned and i listened, and when i did all that i thought to myself, the age old question. Well what can i do about it, im just one person, im not rich, i cant just fly off to africa or asia and do something about it, but i just cant sit here knowing what i know and NOT do anything about it. So i started ringing people i knew and talking to them, showing friends and family the invisible children dvd’s and started on a mission that has bought me joy, sadness, love, appreciation, new friends, wonderful memories, tears and so much more than i just cannot put into words. On my journey through raising awareness for invisible children and the children of uganda, its made my interests in the world flourish, i never ever thought i would be an activisit, but i am one and PROUD to be. I know what i want to see change in this world and im on a mission to help be that change.

I cannot stress enough how important it is we all help, as a global society these days thanks mainly to the internet, we have an obligation to be the voice of those who are not heard. So many people in this world are suffering right now and they need our help. Im on a general award wage have 3 kids to support, rent, bills and all that, yet i still manage to sponsor 2 children thats an extra $100 a month expense and donate at least $40 per month to different organisations. I make sacrifices in order to do these things and even thou i physically get nothing out of it, spiritually, mentally and emotionally i get more back than you could imagine.

I currently have a petition started going to President Obama, US State Senates and Congress, AU Prime Minister Rudd and Minister Smith (AU Foreign Affairs Minister) asking them to support the “LRA Disarment and Northern Uganda Recovery Act 2009”  If passed through US Sentate this would be a historical win for the people of Northern Uganda who have been displaced for over a decade now in IDP camps.  2009 saw the start of the IDP’s returning home due to the LRA moving out of Northern Uganda and into DR Congo. The congolese civilians are now facing what the Northern Ugandans have faced for the last 2 decades.  It is time we say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and end the violence and bring Joseph Kony to justice. Please sign our petition, be the voice of the invisible children and show you care.  top left hand side “TAKE ACTION” button. Click to sign our petition.

Thanks for reading todays rant! im not quite finished so will update again shortly.

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So i have so many people ask me how i do so much that i do, with working and kids, im pretty lucky to be able to absorb information at a good rate and to use my “technological Skills” to raise awareness from yep you guessed it my chair.

I find alot of people dont donate to organisations because there are just sooo many out there that they dont know where to start so i’ve thought id help yous all out and give you some information on great websites where you can support non profits and get to meet some fantastic people who support similar causes and who can open your eyes to other issues our world is currently facing.

So to start a few great websites:

Change – www.change.org is a great place to start. here you can become a member, and support a whole heap of non profits and causes, interact with members, sign petitions and take pledges to help others.

Social Vibe – http://www.socialvibe.com – Get a sponsor – get a cause and your ready to raise awareness!  Major businesses such as “colgate” sponsor individuals, and for what you do on their websites, rate movies, watch clips, read things, play games etc your sponsor donates to your cause – add to facebook eg: Colgate Kisses and for each spin of the wheel colgate will donate to invisible children. CHECK OUT Colgate Kisses Here

Care2 – www.care2.org through this website you can support a whole range of causes and organisations. very similar to change yet a little more indepth, more for those with a little extra time on their hands.

Kiva – www.kiva.org – A great way to support an individual in need. Through a Non Profit on the ground, individuals are reffered to kiva to request a loan. members donate funds to these individuals to support their loan. the loans are repaid over a period of time as specified on their webpage. Please read the terms as funds are not garunteed by kiva.

Free Uganda – www.freeuganda.webs.com – my website that i update every few days with news from uganda and africa as well as video’s and clips and much more.

For more information or if you have any questions, please direct them through the FREE UGANDA website

Current News from Uganda as reported by New Vision News in Uganda.

Gulu – MAO confirms new rebel group – read the full report here

Gulu – MP Asks for Food Aid – Read the full report here

300 NAADS Chicks set ablaze in Thatched hut – read full report here

JIE Warriors kill 8 in Kaabong – Read full report here

10 Districts to miss recovery funds – read the full report here

OTHER NEWS and INFORMATION

Help support Discover The Journey’s Trip to Africa – Get the full details here

Ok so for all those IC Supporters out there, you know HOW IT ENDS was on last week 22nd and 23rd June 2009 in DC.   With guest speakers such as: The head of the International Criminal Court – Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Betty Bigombe, Jolly Okot, Government Representative’s from Uganda and many more people coming together to discuss ending the longest running war in Africa.  I was able to watch the live feeds online and the premier of the Rescue Documentary (from the events held worldwide) as well as hear the speech from Luis Moreno-Ocampo and much more that was going on Live at the Lobby Days.

Invisible Children pulled together a massive event at DC and deserve to be commended for what they have done over the last 6 years that has led them up to this point.  “HOW IT ENDS” is a culmination of all the work that IC have done. Integrating relationships with Resolve Uganda, Enough Project and IC, they created a force strong enough to grab the attention of senators throughout america.   U.S. Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) and U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), Brad Miller (D-NC) and Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced legislation to help end the reign of terror conducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda and neighboring countries.  This bill calls

“…to apprehend or otherwise remove Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield, and to disarm and demobilize Lord’s Resistance Army fighters.”

The bill not only sets a plan for ending the war but outlines the need for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the war affected regions. It is our goal at Lobby Days to see that we put our support behind this bill.

Here is a quote from Senator Feingold as he introduced the bill to the president:

“Mr. President, today I am pleased to introduce the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, and I am pleased to do so with a great champion on this issue: Senator Sam Brownback.  For many years, we have both sought to bring attention to the terror orchestrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army, the LRA, and the suffering of the people of northern Uganda.  We have come a long way in just a few years, thanks especially to young Americans who have become increasingly aware of and outspoken about this horrific situation. Those efforts have yielded some success, but if we are now to finally see this conflict to its end, we need to commit to a proactive strategy to help end the threat posed by the LRA and support reconstruction, justice, and reconciliation in northern Uganda.  This bill seeks to do just that.” ~ Russ Feingold

To help support this cause, why not sign out petition to Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.  We are asking for him to support any and all acts passed by US Governments in relation to Uganda and The LRA Disarment.  CLICK HERE to be a part of historical change for the Ugandan’s

This is the HOW IT ENDS GOALS CHART

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We need YOUR SUPPORT to get this bill passed through congress! So come on and support the END OF THE LONGEST RUNNING WAR IN AFRICA.

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Somalia – DADAAB, Kenya – “Is it too late?” a medic asked while pressing little Anfac’s bony chest. Fluid dribbled from the toddler’s mouth as the team worked frantically to save her. Tension filled the small room at Medecins Sans Frontieres'(MSF) only clinic in Kenya’s Dadaab camp – the world’s biggest refugee camp. Locals dub it the “Death Camp” for more information visit our news page

Northern Uganda:  GULU, 12 June 2009 (IRIN) – The Ugandan army says it has detained 11 people over alleged rebel activity in the north of the country. Uganda army and defence spokesman Maj Felix Kulayigye said the 11 were coordinators of a new rebel group. He said five had been arrested in Gulu and Pader districts of the Acholi sub-region, which was the epicentre of the conflict pitting government forces against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from the late 1980s well into this century, and that weapons and communications equipment had been unearthed in Pader. Ulayigye said six others were detained in Rhino camp in Masindi District, western Uganda, with guns and solar panels. The Gulu resident district commissioner, retired Col Walter Ochora,said those detained include former senior LRA fighters who had surrendered in 2007 and joined the regular army or who had been granted amnesty. Treason charge According to Kulayigye, the six held in Masindi would be charged with treason. “We have taken the files of those we arrested in Gulu and Pader to the director of public prosecution for advice. They are also preferably going to be charged with treason,” he said. Asked what the name of this new rebel group is, Kulayigye said: “They are still in initial stages. They are still proposing the name of their rebel group,” he said. “We are aware of some politicians in Gulu and those in the diaspora who are behind these new rebel activities in northern Uganda. They feel discredited by the LRA,” Kulayigye said.For more information visit our

GULU, 15 June 2009 (IRIN)- Lilly Atong, 26, was first abducted by Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)rebels from Amuru district in northern Uganda in 1991 when she was 10 years old. She was made a “wife” of the LRA leader Joseph Kony but escaped in 2005. However, during the Juba peace talks in 2006 she met Kony to persuade him to release other women and children, only to beheld captive again in Garamba National Park, where the rebels werehiding. She managed to escape a second time and is now living in a rehabilitation centre in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu. Visit our News Page for more information

Worldwide: June 20 is World Refugee Day – Visit The UN Refugee Website for more information about local and international events

We have just created a fantastic range of T-Shirts and Apparel and they are now available to purchase. T-shirts, hats, bumper stickers with more coming soon, we have a great selection of products to purchase with 100% of the profits being donated to Charity!

Supporting Fantastic Non Profits such as Invisible Children, Call and Response and the Coalition to stop the use of Child Soldiers. Fantastic gift ideas for loved ones. Donations from purchases are made every 3 months to each charity. A tally of donations will be listed on our Website.

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So why not grab some cool merchandise knowing that your raising awareness and donating to charity at the same time!

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Sign the petition to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd from Australia. Ask him to support the US LRA Disarment and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009.

Be the voice of change.

Support initiatives to end the LRA War in Uganda – The Petition Site

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