In the past year, the robust and transformative impact of education has been made apparent to me over and over again. Whether in the clarity of thinking it provides, the sense of empowerment it engenders, or the stability it creates amidst difficult circumstances, many of us have been the beneficiaries of wonderful teachers and supportive school environments.
When examined in the context of war-torn areas, the Congo in particular, the effects of education are amplified: boys no longer see joining the military as their only means of survival and seeking a sense of community, girls are less likely to be pressured into child marriages, the instinct toward peacemaking is sharpened, and a lively sense of dignity is restored to fractured communities. There is a remarkable process of democratisation that takes place when children are placed in circumstances where love is given unconditionally and the sanctity of each individual is upheld.
It is for these reasons that Justice Rising persists in its work, driven by the zeal of loving as Jesus loved and trusting in the culture of justice that emerges from a sense of divine obedience and holy discontent. In conjunction with my birthday, I hope to raise funds to support the incredible work that they continue to do: funding students, supporting local teachers, building the schools themselves, and creating a culture of making peace.