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    Envisioning a Peaceful Community

    Day 126

    Pictures Communicate More

    Today, we are continuing to make change in Oruchinga, a small refugee community in Uganda. With less than $500, we are adding a little color, too!

    We are working with Albert and Charles, two young artists, to create a mural wall that will tell a powerful message. “We believe that people learn by seeing, pictures communicate more to someone,” says Jennifer, ARC’s Case Management Officer in Oruchinga.

    We wanted the mural to convey messages that we use every day in counseling because, as Jennifer explains, “the root cause of gender-based violence is embedded in power. Everyone has power and how they are using it affects the community.”

    The mural shows ways the community can work together, to use their power, their voice in the world for good – kids that choose not to bully, an imam and pastor promoting peace, families committing to non-violence. “When the community sees the painting it rings a bell and people realize this can be in their community,” says Jennifer.

    In just a few short days, we watched the mural transform to more than just colors on a wall. The scenes came to life bringing a new and welcoming brightness. “Our hope is that it all resonates,” says Albert.

    *This change brought to you by Cresa

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