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Thomas wants to be a doctor when he grows up. As a student in Invisible Children's donor-funded scholarship program, he is well on his way to a white coat.
Thomas wants to be a doctor
Akena Thomas attends Pope Paul Secondary School, one of Invisible Children's partner schools in Uganda. He is first in his class of 177 students. With his dream of studying medicine, he says, "I should put much effort into some subjects like biology, chemistry, and physics." It's a good thing physics is his favorite subject.
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Before, Agnes had to walk a mile and a half each way to get water. Now, thanks to boreholes built through Invisible Children's WASH program, clean water is just a few minutes' walk down the road.
Agnes now has easy access to water
Akello Agnes is a busy mother of two. With the convenient new water source nearby, she has more time to spend in her garden planting food to feed her family. She also sells the produce she grows at the local market, and the money she makes goes towards paying her children's school fees.
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When he was 10 years old, Opondo was abducted by the LRA. After 15 years in captivity, he escaped holding an Invisible Children "come home" flier which told him where and how to surrender.
Opondo used to be a child soldier
In June 1998, LRA rebels kidnapped Opondo from his home. He was forced to kill innocent civilians and brainwashed into believing that he'd be killed if he tried to escape. Then, in August 2013, after finding a "come home" flier telling him how to escape, 25-year-old Opondo left the LRA for good. After several weeks at the Invisible Children-funded rehabilitation center in Uganda, he was reunited with his family.
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