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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.

Agwata Nursery Students - May 2016

Agwata Nursery Students in Their New Class Building with some of the many donated preschool supplies.  Thank You!

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 and effect social change.

Our Mid-2017 Priorities Are:

  1. Student desks for our 2 newest classrooms (kindergarten and 3-Year-Old Nursery Class)   Each desk costs $60 and can seat 4 students. A total of 20 desks are needed. (Cost: $1200 in total. $60 per individual desk). As of June 1, we need just 4 more desks to finish this project.  They are urgently needed as the students are moving into their newly constructed classrooms in early June.
  2.  Food for our 13 boarding girls at school. Help make sure our 13 boarding girls (sixth graders) have enough food to eat in the 2nd and 3rd school terms.  Prices have increased by 75% compared to last year due to the drought conditions that existed during 2016 and early 2017.  We need $1000 for the current term and $1000 for the next term starting September to cover these costs.  Donations in any amount are welcome!That costs less than $1 per day to feed the girls. Boarding at school has been proven to drastically improve the girls’ performance on their very important year-end exams in late November.  They have ample time to study in the evenings versus being overworked at home carrying water, cooking and doing other chores.
  3. Miscellaneous school improvement projects and needs:a. Storage shelving and 2 locking cabinets for the school storage unit.  The locked storage shed keep the school books, teacher supplies, sporting equipment and food items secured from theft and from rats. Estimated cost: $1000

    b. Teacher latrines, one additional set – The community provides the labor but we need to provide bricks, cement, iron sheets, lumber and nails. Estimated cost: $500

    c. Additional solar panels so teachers’ homes and our 3 other school buildings can also have access to solar power for light, laptop usage and other charging. Estimated cost: $1500

  4. Build a small outdoor pavilion at the Agwata school. This will afford additional meeting space for our 5th and 6th grade students, and also provide much needed meeting space for our Girls’ Education Initiative program and even our women’s beading group which usually meet under a tree.  This makes it difficult or impossible to meet when it rains. (Cost: $2500)
  5. 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.  Each lady is providing a down payment of $1400 on her home which she has saved from her bead and business earnings.  However, we need to obtain donations of $5,000 for each lady’s home so that her financed cost portion will remain low.  Your donation is needed to help build the first batch of ten homes as part of this life changing project.
  6. Ongoing donations – we’re always looking for donations of girls’ new underwear sizes 10 through women’s medium, and gallon size Ziploc brand (freezer style) storage bags which we use in sanitary pad kits provided as part of our Girls’ Education Initiative program to keep girls in school, plus donations of used large size (29″ and 31″) suitcases to carry supplies to Uganda.

Donate now and make an impact!   

Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of U.S. law.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. We strive to concentrate your donations in the areas where they will have the greatest impact for social change.