August 8, 2014
Our humanist allies in Uganda badly need your
help after a cruel and violent robbery left them with almost nothing.
Association for Leadership, Equity, and Accountability (HALEA), based
in the slums of Kamapala, Uganda’s capital, has for six years been doing
tremendous, inspiring work with unemployed, pregnant, and other at-risk
teenagers in the poorest districts of the city, where crime, violence and
superstition play a poisonous role in destroying their already slim chances of
fending for themselves. CFI’s Uganda branch has been working closely with them.
Late last month four men
approached HALEA’s headquarters in a large car demanding access to the group’s
offices. When the security guard refused them entry, they uprooted the HALEA
sign and threw it into their neighboring office’s front yard. A few days later, they forced their way in, beat the security
guard unconscious, and ransacked the place. All of HALEA’s computers, cameras,
phones, printers, microphones, power cords, DVD players, and some CDs were
taken. They also took their entire cash reserve of US$1,425; money that had
been carefully marshaled over many years, helped by, among others, CFI.
As a result of this heinous
burglary HALEA needs $7,000 to re-establish its work in the
slums of Kampala. CFI has activated SHARE, the Skeptics and Humanists
Aid and Relief Effort, to address this tragedy. Please donate as
generously as you are able so we can make up for six years of lost progress and
get HALEA back to work. It’s difficult for me to imagine a secular and humanist
organization more worthy of your support than HALEA. They were making real and
measurable progress before this horrible crime. All money collected up to $10,000 will be given directly to HALEA. Anything over that amount will be set aside for CFI–International so they can continue promoting science, reason, and secular values world-wide.
SHARE is a project of CFI that collects money for
disaster relief efforts without the intermediary of a religious organization.
The money collected through SHARE goes directly to secular relief efforts in
afflicted areas. By donating to SHARE, you can pool your resources with other
like-minded individuals who wish to effect real change in the world. You are
also showing that it is possible to be good without god.
In many parts of the world, we need to do much
more than just debate religious believers and show that you can be good without
god. Religion is still costing people their lives and livelihoods if they don’t
believe the “right” way. CFI International has
been hard at work to remedy this situation and broaden our real impact on the
ground. One way to increase that impact is to lend a hand today to our friends
Director of International Programs
Center for Inquiry