Ways to get involved and stay involved. MHIRT participants from CBU have either founded or contributed to the following organizations. Please follow the links to discover just a few of the ways you can make a difference.
Hope North Uganda: Hope North is a 40-acre campus in northern Uganda where refugees, orphans and former child soldiers find a place to call home. It is a living and learning community with an accredited secondary school and vocational training center.
Arudo Yat: Established in September, 2008 by a former CBU MHIRT participant, Arudo Yat is a social enterprise committed to facilitating Peace, Prosperity, and Purpose in the war-torn region of northern Uganda. Through connecting the aspirations and entrepreneurial abilities of our members to the Western market, we aim to provide them a fair, sustainable, and consistent income.
FrontlineSMS Credit: Leverages mobile payment systems (MPS) to bring financial services to the unbanked poor by programming FrontlineSMS to function as middleware in order to connect any MPS and any microfinance management information system (MIS) in real time. As a result, microfinance institutions (MFIs) will be able to send and receive payments directly from the mobile wallet of their MIS, which will significantly reduce the operational costs of issuing credit.
GuluWalk: Memphis is one of over 100 cities in 16 countries participating in GuluWalk. During GuluWalk, people worldwide take to the streets to urge the world to support peace in northern Uganda. The event raises funds and awareness for programs for a generation of children being left behind. Since 2007, CBU MHIRT alums have coordinated this charity event in Memphis.
CBU Beta Beta Beta Bowl-A-Thon For Uganda: The annual Bowl-a-Thon supports the Hope North Community in Uganda that shelters and educates Ugandans displaced by the war. To date, Tri-Beta has raised over $8,000[In1] for Hope North.
Let Art Talk: Let Art Talk (LAT) was founded by internationally known Ugandan artist and CBU MHIRT mentor Fred Mutebi. LAT is an innovative and unique organization that uses art as an educational tool to empower people and communities at the grassroots level. The objective of the organization is to educate the diverse segments of society by using common terms and creative techniques to encourage constructive change for a positive future. The vision is to transform lives by strengthening leadership, advocating reconciliation, and imparting problem solving skills.
Mae Tao Clinic: The Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), provides free health care for refugees, migrant workers, and other individuals who cross the border from Burma to Thailand. Located on the border in Mae Sot, Thailand, people of all ethnicities and religions are welcome at the Clinic. Its origins go back to the student pro-democracy movement in Burma in 1988, and the brutal repression by the Burmese regime of that movement. Former CBU MHIRT participant Meredith Walsh founded a new MHIRT research site at MTC for 2007 and 2008.
Prescott Baptist Church Fair Trade Store: Handmade items from research participants in Uganda and Thailand are available for sale. Fair trade aims to empower developing country producers and promote sustainability. Fair trade works with marginalized workers in order to help them move towards security and economic self-sufficiency.
Memphis Council for International Visitors: Forges cultural, educational, and business relationships with the global community through citizen diplomacy.