April 2016-Raffle, Meet Angela, School Days, Hope Home Roof, Amina’s Roof, New Team Members
5th Annual Anywhere in the World Raffle Winner
Congratulations to our BIG WINNER this year, ALDOUS B! Thank you to everyone for the amazing support. We sold out of tickets on the last day and raised $40,000 this year! We will now be able to begin the search for our next children’s home. How exciting!
Angela is one of the most kind-hearted people you will ever meet. You can always find him taking care of the younger children, and especially little Maryanne (our nanny’s young daughter). He is proud of his Karamojong heritage and loves teaching others about where he came from and how to speak his language. He is loving, hardworking and a great student. He is starting primary 5 at Victoria Junior and wants to be a farmer when he grows up.
Here is his story:
“I was always suffering in Moroto [northern Uganda]. My father died after a violent head injury that caused his brain to bleed so much. Then I lived with my mother, grandmother and sister. When I was in Moroto, my grandmother could tell me to go to school. I could wake up in the morning without anything to eat. I could go for long hours hungry and could expect to feed at night but food was not always there. My grandmother could go out in the fields to fetch firewood which she could sell to earn some money. Also digging the people’s land was another alternative. My grandmother could labour a lot to ensure that my school fees were raised but even then I still lacked while at school.
With no food, I could go hungry sometimes and by the time I could go back home, I could either find or not find something to eat.
Life was so hard on my side. I could at times go and work in the fields to earn some money to top up on my school fees. I would help with herding other people’s animals like goats, cows and sheep. I would get paid with one cup of milk for each day of work. I had two dogs that would always come with me and it was good but sometimes not so safe with the rebels that want to take the cattle. I did many jobs for food and money but I wanted to study so much.
One day, I was told that a man came to school and was asking about children who needed support. I met him and some time later, I came to my new home in Jinja. Now I can eat good food and I learn in a good school. I can play football and other games and don’t have to do so much work like before. I cannot believe what Peace for Paul has done for me. I am enjoying this new home so much and I thank you.”
The children are half way through their first term. Midterms are out and most are performing very well.
Hope Home Gets A NEW Roof
Thanks to generous donors in the 6th annual online auction held last year, Hope Home is finally getting a new roof. The roof had been leaking for years and was finally past repair. The children will be so excited to come home to this new roof on their beautiful home!
Our Nanny Amina Gets A New Roof Too!
The old iron sheets from Hope Home roof will be donated to our employee and neighbor Amina. For the past 3 years, Amina has been laboring to build a structure of her own to live in. As a single mother on a small, part-time income, this has been a challenge. She currently rents one room in a mud hut for her and her three younger children but the landlord has been continuously raising the rent. She is constantly in fear of being evicted and having nowhere to live, so she has taken matters into her own hands to build this home for herself and her family. With the iron roof sheets, she will be closer to her dream of having her own home. We are so proud of Amina!
Welcome to the Team
We are pleased to welcome our newest Board Member, Julie Weatherhead. She comes to us with a background in grief counseling and we know she will be a great asset to our PFP team!
New members needed
We are continually looking to expand our Peace for Paul team and need people with skills and time to share with this great cause!
Here is a short description of what a PFP Member is:
Peace for Paul is managed by its Board of Directors. There is also a Member pool, which is where people like you–who show an interest, can get their feet wet and see if becoming a Director is something you would like to pursue. We look for people who have a love for the PFP mission and its children and for people who have knowledge and skills to offer which would help PFP grow. As a member, you are invited to (though not required to) attend our monthly Director meetings (via Skype). You are asked to help with our two annual fundraisers (by selling tickets for the raffle, or helping to collect items for the auction). You are also offered the chance to join our various committees if you have an interest in any of them and have a skill that could contribute to its growth. Our current committees are: Sustainability, Education, Volunteer and Fundraising. It is also ideal, if as a member, you take on a specific project. The idea being that you really can dig in and get involved. You could come up with your own project–something you think PFP could benefit from. We would leave that with you!
Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join our team!
PFP Junior Program
We always are looking for sponsors for the Junior Program!
The Peace for Paul Junior program continues to grow. With the help of sponsors, more and more children have had the opportunity to start school…which is so EXCITING!!! We can get more kids into school with the help of sponsors at only $35 a month!
PFP – J allows us to help a larger number of needy Ugandan children obtain an education. The children who benefit from our PFP Junior Program live in our neighborhood and their parents or guardians are unable to afford the full amount of school fees, uniforms and school supplies. Because they have families to look after them, these children will not be living in our home. Rather, these children will live with their families and be sponsored through PFP for education costs only. This program is designed to be a helping hand to parents who can provide but need some support to contribute to their child’s education and future. We have the parents pay a small portion of school fees only to keep them involved and empowered to educate their children instead of dependent solely on handouts. This program allows an education to be attainable for so many children and their families. In addition, we can help save for the much higher costs of Secondary School. “All kids need is a little help, a little hope and someone who believes in them.”
Click here to sign up to sponsor a PFP Junior child!
Contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.
Our New Website
Check out our new website, and share it with your friends!!! www.peaceforpaul.org
The Peace for Paul Shop
Check out the new store on our website. Choose from a selection of beautiful, handcrafted items and other gifts we have in our store. These great items were purchased directly from women’s ‘craft circles’ in order to assist them in supporting themselves and their families. The funds from your purchase will go where it makes the greatest impact.
Just click here to go to the shop.
Family Sponsorship Opportunities
We are looking for general sponsors to help cover all of the extra costs associated with keeping this organization going and the children happy and healthy. Essentially, as a general family sponsor, you are the sponsor of ALL of the children. We have opportunities for medical family sponsor, dental family sponsor as well as mental health family sponsor. A Family sponsor commitment can be – $25/$50/$100 per month.
Just click here to sign up to become a family sponsor!
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity. firstname.lastname@example.org