This year was my third time on tour as a roadie but the experience was completely unique from my other tours. Traveling the Cal Pac region this year was my first time being on the road without a mentor. Also, the main goal of the tour was to raise awareness as opposed to funds, and because the KONY 2012 film went viral we were asked many difficult questions that we hadn’t been asked on tour before.
My favorite thing about going on tour is helping people to understand what we are doing here at Invisible Children, why we do what we do, and how others can help. I also had the amazing opportunity to learn how to swim in Hawaii! I loved this tour because I was able to meet so many people that had a strong connection to Invisible Children. I returned to schools I had toured before, specifically Newport Harbor High School, where I was so happy to see many people I had met previously.
I just finished high school and I am going on to Victoria University in Kampala. I want to study international law and I aim to be a lead prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. Being a roadie has helped me understand how Invisible Children supports myself and other Legacy beneficiaries. Seeing how hard Invisible Children works to raise awareness about the LRA and to support programs like Legacy makes me want to work even harder in school and to utilize the opportunities that I have. I now understand how difficult it is to raise money for my tuition and I want to repay all who have donated by working hard and being independent.
After finishing the tour I am excited to go home. First to rest and then go on to university. I am really looking forward to returning to school. I learned so much while on the road and I want to take my experiences back to the people of northern Uganda. I also want to invest time in visiting partner schools that Invisible Children works with – to give them hope and teach their students to work hard.