A word about donating

Hey all,

Take these things into consideration when making a donation to help me teach and study in Uganda. I have two sets of payments to make: payments to Invisible Children for program fees and a payment to New York University for my tuition. A donation to Invisible Children is tax deductible and a donation to NYU is not. I am suggesting donors divide their contributions in half, therefore payments will be made to both categories and you receive a tax deduction.

Also, the First Giving page is the easiest, most convenient way to help; however, they charge a fee of 7.5% to your donation for expenses.

I thought this information would be helpful.



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You can also donate directly through the Invisible Children Website at:


  • Choose the link One Time Donation
  • Fill in the form. At the end of the form it says additional information.  Check I would like to make this donation on behalf of someone else.
  • A drop down screen will appear asking for the first and last name of the person you are making the donation on behalf of. In the first name box, put Runita and in the last name box put Jones-T/Ex. You must write the last name this way otherwise the donation will not benefit my trip, but it will go the the main organization.
  • It will prompt you to e-mail me to inform me that you made a donation on my behalf.  My e-mail address is: rlj239@nyu.edu. Please do this also, I must mail in the names of people who donated through the invisible children website.

Payment by check:

  • Make check payable to me if a tax credit is not important to you or to Invisible
    Children, Inc. if you want to receive a tax deduction. On the Memo line put Runita Jones-T/Ex.
  • Mail to:

              Ms. Runita Jones

              P.O. Box 622328

              Parkway Station

              Bronx, NY 10462

That’s it!  Invisible Children, the northern Ugandan people and I all thank you immensely for your support.


Runita Jones

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Help Runita teach former child soldiers in Uganda!

Sometimes creativity just means the daily work of helping others see a problem in a different way.”

To those of you who don’t know me, my name is Runita Jones and I’m a graduate student in New York University’s Educational Theatre Department. This summer, I will use my creative talents to help others address problems in new ways. I will be studying and teaching abroad in northern Uganda in a unique program sponsored by NYU and Invisible Children. I am so excited about this trip, and I just secured my spot; however, I have two months to raise the remaining balance. I am reaching out, In hopes that you will join me in supporting this worthy cause.
Your support is valuable in several ways:
First, you will help a remarkable international organization continue its important work. Invisible Children is a Non-governmental Organization (NGO) that seeks to help Northern Uganda rebuild after years of bitter civil war. Since 2003, Invisible Children has created a  partnership with the Ugandan people by heeding the voices of those who lived through and survived the war. The people wanted to develop initiatives that looked to a future without war. The teacher exchange program arose out of this collaboration and it aims to rebuild Uganda’s schools from the “inside out” by providing professional development opportunities for Northern Ugandan teachers. Invisible Children accomplishes this goal by bringing Ugandan and international teachers together to work side-by-side to explore and exchange teaching methods. Their accomplishments are too numerous to explain here; if you’d like more information, visit their website at www.invisiblechildren.com .
Second, you’ll help me develop into the best educator I can be. As an instructor, my aim is to acquire a variety of teaching strategies and the Uganda Study Abroad is the perfect vehicle for achieving this goal. As an NYU participant, in addition to gaining credit towards my degree, I’ll develop lesson plans and team-teach classes with Ugandan teachers. I’ll learn how to effectively manage and support overcrowded classrooms with minimal supplies, as Ugandan classrooms typically have one hundred students and scant resources. Most importantly, I’ll test my educational theatre techniques and share ideas and methods,the true essence of the exchange portion of the program.
However, the biggest reward that this journey will offer is the chance to work with former child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and children ophaned during the unending civil war. These children have had their innocence stolen and their dreams smashed in a war ravaged region. Education will empower them with the tools needed to forge positive change in their country and develop an atmosphere that breeds understanding and opportunity, not war. Won’t you help them? 
facebook-photo2Please help me raise $6000 to cover program expenses and tuition needed to journey to Uganda with the Invisible Children program and to help students and teachers.  I need to raise $1000 by April 1, 2009 and an additional  $5000 by May 1, 2009. Donating through the firstgiving link is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Donations to Invisible Children are tax deductible. Please see the posts for futher details on donating. Any amount you can contribute will be greatly appreciated.
Please forward this information to others who may wish to donate to this important cause.
Gratefully yours,
T/Ex-Runita Jones


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