Background of the Grace Acan Dinner

Six of the Ugandan women currently supported by the RAWEF are attending university in Uganda. They are known as the “Aboke Girls” who survived many years of capture and abuse by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), led by the infamous Joseph Kony.

Grace Acan, a leader of the Aboke girls, will be speaking to the Toronto Rotary Club, Toronto East Rotary Club, Upper Canada College and York University in July.

Grace is being brought to Canada through the new Canadian charity, Children of Hope Uganda, which is the collaborating NGO in charge of the educational support for the Aboke Girls.

The RAWEF has organized a special dinner on Thursday, July 12 to hear Grace Acan and to increase awareness of the Aboke Girls the RAWEF and the International Service work of the local Rotary Clubs.

Wilf Wilkinson, Rotary International Past President (2007-8), Chair-elect of the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees, will speak about the Rotary Foundation and present Paul Harris Fellowships.

Kathy Cook, award winning Ottawa journalist and author of “Stolen Angels: The Kidnapped Girls of Uganda” will be present to add her perspective to the tragedy of the child victims of this terrible conflict.

Other special invitees will be Opiyo Oloya, founder of I READ ABC supporting handicapped children in Northern Uganda and Lorna Pitcher, founder of Children of Hope Uganda.