Lycoming College to host program on war-torn Northern Uganda

Lycoming College to host program on war-torn Northern Uganda

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Lycoming College will host a talk and performance titled "A River Blue: Together toward Recovery in Northern Uganda" on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. The event, sponsored by the office of the dean of student affairs and the department of political science, is free and open to the public.

A River Blue ( is a community-based, non-governmental organization that supports vulnerable children and youth in Northern Uganda affected by war and HIV/AIDS pandemics. During the program, the uplifting story of A River Blue will be told by native Ugandans, Okweny George Ongom, the project's field director, as well as musicians Ekuka Morris on thumb piano and Owello Bartholomew on Lango singing drum.

Initiated and founded by Barefoot Workshops (, a New York-based nonprofit, A River Blue aims to provide educational opportunities for children and youth, together with appropriate skills training, and to aid with nutritional and medical needs. It also focuses on raising awareness of issues involving health and psychosocial therapy of the highly traumatized people in the war-ravaged area.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.