Every day means a new horror for a lot of children in Africa, specifically in Uganda and Sudan where the Joseph Kony-led LRA have left a streak of war crimes and crimes against humanity behind them for more than 20 years. It’s an area of the world that’s been splintered by war, kidnappings, murder, and every type of violence imaginable, much of it inflicted on children.
It’s a long way and a different world from where we’re located in Oklahoma City, but there’s a group of volunteers here who’ve founded a nonprofit organization called Pros for Africa that’s supporting the work of the Saint Monica Girls Schools, which are safe havens for thousands of girls who’ve been abducted by the LRA, trained as soldiers, used as sex slaves, and/or abandoned by their families. Led by Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Saint Monica’s two campuses in Gulu and Atiak, Uganda teach these girls practical trade skills like sewing, and offer counseling and support to help restore the peace they were robbed of.
Pros for Africa’s mission is to see that these schools stay funded (a third is currently under construction in Torit, in south Sudan) and to connect professionals of all fields in Oklahoma City to a disparate part of the world in need of relief. To date, Pros for Africa has organized and sent volunteer medical professionals (many from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center) on relief trips to these schools, as well as many professional athletes and engineers to work on construction projects, totaling up to dozens of trips since 2011.
It’s our honor to sponsor a Pros for Africa fundraiser tonight at the governor’s mansion in Oklahoma City, but we want to be able to do better than that. We’ll be hosting an auction on the site tonight for a jersey autographed by the Oklahoma City Thunder’s starting power forward Serge Ibaka, a native of the Republic of Congo and Pros for Africa partner. 100% of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to Pros for Africa, much like the Hurricane Sandy and Sandy Hook relief auctions we hosted last month.
Just a reminder, this auction starts tonight so be sure to add it to your Watchlists. Read on for more information about Pros for Africa’s mission and about QuiBids’ other charity initiatives below.
More about the Saint Monica Girls Schools and Sister Rosemary
Pop tab purses link Oklahomans to school in Uganda
About Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe
Nun from Uganda visits state to gather supplies for soda-tab projects
More about QuiBids’ charity initiatives:
You guys raised more than $7,000 with our Sandy Hook/Hurricane Sandy relief auctions!
PHOTOS: QuiBids’ canned food drive for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
PHOTOS: #BringOnTheFun Make-A-Wish Oklahoma’s Walk for Wishes
PHOTOS: #BringOnTheFun block party with the City Rescue Mission