On the 28th of November, URDTâ€™s campus was a beehive of runners who wanted to make a statement forÂ peace.
The URDTGirlsâ€™ school organized a 10 kilometer run and 522 young women and men resisted the heat and ran in the rolling hills of Kagadi and showed that they were part of the growing peace movement in Uganda.
Most students from URDT's educational institutions ran together with 2 pastors, 1 arch deacon, 6 soldiers, 10 girls from Pader who experienced abuse from the Kony rebels, expatriate friends from Kampala and Moroto, the LC5 chairman and many community members.
Their wake up call to unite for peace was aired on several tv stations, both nationally and locally.
The organisers were innovative in mobilizing funds for future peace projects. The students had to raise 5.000 Ugsh from their relatives and friends as another way to engaging people beyond the URDT family in the debate. They have also asked the local philanthropists to pledge a donation. In addition, they organized pledge cars and a raffle with prices given by the local communities and business people.
The event raised over 10 million Ughs, which is over 3.000 euros. URDT will use the funds to organize a competition where community members in Kibaale district can hand in proposals on peace projects. In that way, it enlarges the group of people involved in the ongoing discourse and actions about peace and sustainable development. In addition, URDT continues to broadcast programmes on the community radio where people of all walks of life talk about their vision for peace and advocate for dialogue and peaceful ways of resolving differences.
The Kagadi marathon is a good start of a larger voter education campaign and also an up scaling of URDTâ€™s efforts to develop groups of â€˜peace creatorsâ€™ amongst the Bunyoro people who say NO to violence and promote and demand DIALOGUE at all levels as soon as other people use their fits or arms to resolve their differences.
URDT sincerely hopes that other districts and regions will join, so that nation wide Uganda develops a vision and actions for peace coming from the grassroots.
Isnâ€™t that a great reason to join in with our Ugandan friends to financially support this important initiative with a generous donation?