Many Congolese children are orphans -- their families ravaged by the conflict or HIV. These children rely on the willingness of a neighbor or family member to take them off the street and allow the child to live in their home. These families often do not have enough.
Surely there must be one or two African leaders who have the vision to take their country down the proven path of modernization via the development of a tradable goods manufacturing sector, providing a precedent for others to follow.
Today's global landscape is much, much different than it was 5 years ago, or even earlier this year with the surge of the Islamic State, wrath of Nigeria's Boko Haram, Crimea's annexation, and continuing Syrian and Libyan conflicts.
The World Bank recently voted to end extreme poverty by 2030. The evidence we are seeing in the Millennium Villages and beyond convinces us that the goal of ending extreme poverty is realistic and within reach.
Poverty reduction has entered a new era. Mobile phones and wireless broadband enable new models of business development and service delivery. New methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment are controlling ancient scourges such as malaria.
L.E.A.D Uganda's children do not want your pity. They do not need charity. Africa's youth want your support as an active, equal partner, so they can transform their communities, their country, and their continent.