When this morning I logged onto twitter, I was tired and sleepy (it was 5 am) and all I wanted is to wake up long enough to get down to the bus where I can fall asleep again. Instead, I’ve found a beautiful story that both broke and mended my heart at the same time.
Molly at the USAScriptFamily shared Keely‘s story about a special community in Uganda, Friends of Orphans, and of how The Script’s Superheroes has been helping them. Click here to share the story on twitter with The Script!
Here’s what Keely’s said:
Dear Danny, Mark, and Glen,
I had the pleasure of attending your concert at Darien Lake last Saturday and want to share with you the incredible impact your song Superheroes has had on a remote village in Northern Uganda over the last week.
For the past two years, I’ve been working with Anywar “Ricky” Richard, one of the first children abducted into Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army and founder of Friends of Orphans, an organization in Uganda dedicated to the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of former child soldiers. He and I have been in communication to write his story and offer hope and give a voice to the estimated 40,000 Ugandan children, whose lives and voices were stolen by the LRA.
When I heard your song Superheroes on Saturday, I knew I had to share it with Ricky. As a writer, I know what an incredible honor it is to have your words reach and inspire people. When I read Ricky’s responses to your song, as well as the responses he sent from some of the former child soldiers rebuilding their lives at Friends of Orphans, I was determined to get them to you, so you would know how your words and music are giving hope and a voice to a group of superheroes in Northern Uganda.
Thank you for your music and the powerful message of hope and joy it provides. (Tweet this by clicking here.)
Ricky’s first response to Superheroes:
Thanks so much for not only sharing the link to the song on YouTube but also sharing the lyrics which is very powerful. I felt so much connected with the song, it means a lot to my life and the little fighters who have seen a lot in their young life and are still going very strong. I felt so much in love with the song. I have printed the lyrics and have put it on our notice board for the children who knows little English to read. I know they will feel the power of the song flowing in them as I did.
The song just inspired me, it made me to write a letter to one of my friends whom we have been in the bush together. The song taught me about the courage of being strong and positive thinking.
Ricky’s response when Keely asked if she could share his email with you:
Wow!!! this is unbelievable, we are very excited to connect with the band group and to know that our responses to the song will be shared with the band members. Our children at Friends of Orphans would love this connection. It brings peace in their hearts to know that some people out there still care and have concern about them and their situations. This gives them more hope and confidence in life and for the future.
While at Friends of Orphans the song has brought joy, excitements and happiness. (Click here to tweet this to the lads!) The guidance counselors is using it to be part of our psychosocial support program. In it the song has strong message of hope and confidences building with a lot of encouragement for the future. It relates very well with the situations these young fighters have been through. Yet they have a life to live. It teaches us that no situation is permanent, you just have to work hard for your future and achieve what you want in life.
The song has the energy to make someone move on with life with great hope and expectations which we need for a better world.
Below are some of the responds from the children
Ricky thanks for the heart of humanity. The rewards will be in heaven.
The effort you have put to makes us orphans be seen among others is a blessing. I have just listened to the song about ten times already in a hours time. (Click here to tweet this to The Script.) The song has taught me about hard work and commitments and i promise to do just that. I lost all the Hope in this world , I felt the heaven had fallen down that day when the rebel attacked and abducted me on the 10/10/2005, I lost my three brothers who were abducted with me alongside other children. Friends of Orphans have changed my life for the better and i want to change more life myself.
I have read, l have listened, nice song, very touching, in fact emotional ………….. not sure if l cried a little, just reading it.
The song reminds me about Marks Ben Diner he once said “Music may achieve the highest level of all mission, it may be a bond between nations, races and states who are strangers to one another in many ways, it may unite what is disunited and bring peace to what is hostile”
A blessed evening
I have read through the lyrics of the song. It has a strong message in (tweet this to the lads) it which I don’t want to comment on. But thank you for being a superhero.
I passion the song as a positive, motivating yet very beautiful song. It encourages hard work. It encourages problem solving other than blaming or hatred whatever the situation. (tweet this to The Script) This is my kind of music that that i must listen to while reflecting. A very peaceful song. (I score it 5/5).
The song has given me different lance to see the hidden truth, it is one of the most powerful song have ever heard in my life. It is so healing…..it connects the past and the future.
Thanks for this real inspirational band song. It’s not any far from the zeal you have put over the years.
“When you’ve fighting for it all your life
You’ve been working every day and night
That’s a how a superhero learns to fly
Every day, every hour
Turn the pain into power”
And indeed that’s how the Superhero learn to fly. You have already flown, and you are one of the super hero!
I love this line more ” All his life he’s been told; He’ll be nothing when he’s old; All the kicks and all the blows; He won’t ever let it show” ” When the moment is just right; You see fire in their eyes”
You better get this song and have it play again and again for us at school, (click here to tweet this) especially during our youth to youth engagements, during our music gales and during our youth to community engagements. You have proved many wrong; that your time had not yet come, and now you are at your peak, yet the sky is the limit!
Ochen Julius Peter
The song is absolutely beautiful in it there is joy and happiness; it touched my soul in a unique way. It is the treasure i have been looking for. It brings joy to my heart to listen to the song.
I haven’t had an easy life till i came to Friends of Orphans. The song has turn the pains have been through into power of happiness. The pain is no more; it is history, means nothing to me anymore as am no longer looking back. Am enjoying the new home have discovered at Friends of Orphans.
In this song it has the energy we need to move on in life. (click here to tweet this)
The song totally got me very confused. I was lost, and didn’t know what to do or to say. It is as if it is a song about me. (click here to tweet this) The song gives you the value to know who you are, what you want in life and what is best for you.
If you, like me, have been touched by the struggle, sorrow, happiness and optimism of these people, click here to read Ricky’s personal message and please, donate. (The same form is embedded below for your convenience.) All you need is a card to make their lives a little easier.
How fitting it is to this situation what Danny said about the song at their Google reveal:
“Sometimes your superheroes are born but sometimes they’re made. Sometimes you can go through one hell of time in life but you can come out in the other end with some body armour on, bulletproof. And that’s what the song is about: keep going. If you’re going through hell, just keep going because you will get out on the other side and I think you’ll be stronger for it. It’s how a superhero learns to fly.”