Your financial contributions are what allows us to undertake life changing projects through meaningful partnerships with the women’s beader groups and the communities where we work. Almost all fund-raising and administrative time is donated to the organization, so your contribution can be used almost entirely for direct program expenses.
We are a 501(c)(3) organization, so contributions are tax deductible in the U.S. Your investment in the Ugandan women, children and families gives hope to their hearts, sparkles to their eyes, and joy to their lives. We spend at least two months each year in Uganda with our beader groups to personally provide oversight on expenditures of project funds. We can see firsthand how powerfully your gifts improve their lives.
Urgent Priorities for 4th Quarter 2014 Are:
- Help fund home down payments for our Jinja home ownership project. This will help our Jinja become homeowners so they can move out of the slums forever and permanently overcome poverty. We have completed the land purchase and are now ready to begin the home construction phase. However, each lady needs to provide a down payment for her home. Your donation will help the group fund down payments for the first batch of ten women who will own homes as part of this life changing project.
- Expand the Agwata health clinic to offer maternity and immunization services by late 2014. This clinic which opened in June 2013 serves over 7000 people. Specialized equipment for maternity services needs to be purchased or constructed. In addition, a motorcycle (cost $1,000) is needed to offer immunization services at the clinic one day per week. Eventually, a more permanent solution of solar panels to provide electricity at the clinic is needed along with a solar powered refrigerator.
- Build the 4th classroom block at the Agwata school (block 3 was completed earlier this year!). One block was needed for primary students (1st and 2nd graders) and a second block for Nursery students. This will ensure that our very youngest students receive a solid start in their education and are in a safe and learning environment while their mothers work in the fields. Besides money to finish the fourth building, we especially need donations for student desks and wooden Nursery tables for these new classrooms. Each desk costs $72 and can seat 2 to 3 students. A total of 40 desks and 12 tables are needed.
- Expand our Girls’ Education Initiative in northern Uganda from 30 girls to 100 girls (this program targets 4th to 7th grade girls who might otherwise leave school to get married). Currently, 79 girls are enrolled in our program. We hope in 2015 to provide a girls’ dormitory to house some of these girls closer to the school.
As one of our long-time supporters said recently, “We know you’re changing lives!” We can do that only with your help which in turn helps expand the women’s and students’ thoughts about what they can achieve in life.