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Current PFP news

April 2024

 Calls to Action

There are so many different ways to make an impact through PFP, and we’ll start by listing them below!

13th Annual Anywhere in the World Raffle

3 weeks left!! We’re down to the final 105 tickets until a complete sellout so get your tickets now before it’s too late!! Each raffle ticket sells for $20 and there are only 2,250 sold.  By buying a ticket, you get a chance to win two round-trip tickets to ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, ON ANY AIRLINE. You can use the winning tickets for up to TWO YEARS from the drawing date. The drawing will happen on April 24th, 2025, and it will be live-streamed on Facebook (you don’t have to be there in person to win). This raffle is one of the two main ways we raise money to keep our programs running smoothly. We hope you’ll participate! Just click on the photo below to head over to the purchase page on the website!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship costs range from $25/month to $175 per month. The difference in sponsorship amount depends on the age of child, whether it is a full or a partial sponsorship and whether they are in primary, secondary or Trade/University level. We currently have 17 children in need of sponsorship. Two of these amazing kiddos are highlighted below. 

Click the photo below to learn more about each child!

Kisakye Umaru (Primary Junior)- $50/month

Olupot Paul (University Program)- $90/month

Sponsorship covers:

  • Boarding school
  • Medical including mental health/dental
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Housing during breaks/holidays
  • An amazing Ugandan support system (All PFP employees are Ugandan)

Sponsorship, along with our fundraisers, also contributes to:

  • Field trips
  • Cultural exposure
  • Sports/exercise programs
  • Skills training programs
  • Transportation
  • Social work services to support any available healthy family ties

Join Our Team!

At The Peace for Paul Foundation (PFP), we are dedicated to continuous improvement and finding ways to enhance our impact. As such, we are seeking to add new Directors to our board, and we believe that our team of incredible supporters is the perfect place to find these exceptional individuals. We value diverse perspectives and expertise, and we are particularly interested in individuals with backgrounds in Microfinance, child development, or child psychology. Of extreme importance to us is also in diversifying our Board, so if you are from Africa– and have experience with the culture there, even bigger bonus! As a Director, you will play a crucial role in shaping the strategic direction of our organization, ensuring that our programs and initiatives align with our mission and create a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the children we serve.We look forward to hearing from you and embarking on this journey together. Let’s make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of these remarkable children.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity: hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org

Facebook Fundraisers

Birthday Fundraisers

We love Facebook Birthday fundraisers! Your donations have allowed us to pay school fees for children in our programs, purchase typhoid vaccinations for all students, fund community outreach programs and so much more. 

A huge shoutout to everyone who has lovingly used their birthdays as an opportunity to make a positive impact through a Facebook fundraiser benefitting PFP. As we move into the last quarter of the year, we invite you to continue standing with us in our mission. Your continued support, whether through future fundraisers or by spreading the word about PFP make a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Together, we can create a world where every child is cherished, nurtured and given the chance to reach their full potential. 

Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your incredible generosity and for choosing to celebrate your special day by making a lasting impact. You are a shining example of the profound difference that one person can make in the world.

Student Highlight of the Month: Lydia Longoli

Lydia has been a member of the Peace for Paul Foundation for 14 years- Since 2011. She has no living parents and came to us after her auntie and grandmother were no longer able to care for her basic needs. She is now a hard working, and very happy young woman and we are so excited for what her future holds. Lydia is now poised to be the very first person in her entire extended family to attend not only secondary school, but now a post secondary institution.

This year, she completed her Senior 4 level and was posed with the question of what was next. After completing her ordinary level education (senior four) with an aggregate of 41, Lydia was summoned from Moroto to Jinja to discuss her next educational steps. After careful consideration, she decided on a course in Wildlife and Natural Resource Management. She has a passion for conserving natural resources, including animals, and the promising job opportunities in the government sector were very appealing to her.

Upon researching trade schools offering this course, the Uganda Wildlife Research and Training Institute in Kasese emerged as the ideal choice. This is a government institute known for training and employing graduates in the wildlife tourism industry. Lydia applied and was successfully admitted to the Wildlife and Natural Resource Management program and she will be starting next month! We are so excited for our brave, strong and deterimined girl!!

2024

William has Graduated!

We are so proud of William!  This month, he completed his certificate in Motor vehicle repair from Lugera Motor Workshop. William has accomplished the unimaginable and has become the first person in his entire family to obtain a post secondary certificate. Now that he is graduated, William plans to work in the very garage he was trained in– a guaranteed job!  He has worked so hard and has become such a capable and responsible young man and we are SO PROUD of him. 

William, with his mom and 2 sisters in 2016, the year he joined PFPs Juniors program.

William, in 2024 upon graduation

Graduation, in 2024

New Sponsors

This month, two children found sponsors for their education.  Thank you to everyone who stepped up to help make these children’s dreams educational journeys a whole lot easier!

Joshua

Mukisa Paul

Career Guidance

One of the many and varied services we provide for the children of PFP is guidance in their choice of career path. This guidance includes educating children and youth still in school about the various career options available to them post-education.Through talks and speeches delivered by seasoned professionals across different fields of employment, students gain insight into the real-world activities associated with their intended careers.

Prior to reaching advanced levels of education, students are exposed to a wide array of career possibilities. However, upon reaching a certain academic stage, typically after completing Ordinary level studies, they may face restrictions, being directed towards either science-related or arts and humanities-related career paths, but not both. This limitation often results from their academic performance in science and arts subjects.

Nathan, leading the discussion

A day in the life of the PFP Therapist

An Article from PFP Mental Health Therapist, Hildah Mukyala

The main goal of the PFP mental health therapist is to instill the importance of love in the children at Peace for Paul, emphasizing both self-love and love for others. The therapist takes the time to emphasize that love is central to overcoming past and present challenges which may hinder self-esteem. Encouraging the children to share their struggles with trusted individuals such as teachers, friends, or guardians rather than internalizing pain, the therapist creates an environment of support and problem-solving.

Another focus of the therapist is academics. She motivates the children to strive for excellence, recognizing that positive achievements not only benefit them but also please their relatives, sponsors, and other loved ones. We promote teamwork and empathy, encouraging the children to help each other succeed and make thoughtful decisions to avoid future regrets. Additionally, the therapist emphasizes the importance of maintaining good health, advising the children to follow medical guidance and support their peers in times of illness.

The therapist interacts with the children regularly, dedicating three days each week to the girls’ home and two days each week to the boys’ home during holidays. During school days, the therapist monitors those in the homes and visits children in boarding schools on designated visitation days. Through consistent presence and counseling sessions, the therapist provides ongoing support to nurture the children’s emotional well-being and personal development.

Hildah with students at school

Our Team: The “Staff Spotlight” Series

We recognize the contributions of our dedicated staff members in Uganda. Without their commitment and hard work, we would not be able to fulfill our mission of providing care and support to the children under our care. We are truly grateful for their invaluable role in keeping our organization running smoothly.

To showcase the individuals behind the scenes, we are excited to introduce the “Staff Spotlight” series on our blog. Each month, we will shine a well-deserved spotlight on one staff member or support staff member, offering you a glimpse into their important work and the impact they make on a daily basis. From our social workers and caregivers to our administrative staff and nurse, every team member plays a vital role in shaping the lives of our children. They provide love, guidance, and support, nurturing the physical, emotional, and educational well-being of each child in our care.

To our amazing staff members, we extend our heartfelt appreciation for everything you do. Your hard work, compassion, and dedication make a significant difference in the lives of the children and families we serve. Thank you for being the driving force behind our organization’s success.

Mr. Sserunjoji Phillip

District Health Inspector, PFP Management Committee Member and Medical Doctor at Buikwe Hospital

I am Sserunjoji Philip, a medical doctor at Buikwe Hospital and also serve as the Health Inspector for Buikwe District, where The Peace for Paul Foundation (PFP) operates, and the children’s homes are situated. Additionally, I am a member of the management committee for PFP, appointed as a health inspector by the Ugandan government. My primary responsibility is to ensure the cleanliness and hygiene standards of all Children’s Homes in the District, as well as the health and vaccination status of both children and staff.

Regularly attending Peace for Paul’s management meetings, I provide updates and reports on health-related matters and programs within the district, ensuring compliance with government regulations regarding the health and hygiene of the children’s homes. I am deeply passionate about Peace for Paul’s mission, particularly its commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment for vulnerable children.

Birthday Celebrations

Every month, we work hard to ensure that each child in our program feels special on their birthday. To make this happen, we have a series of celebrations planned for each student, culminating in a big celebration at the swimming pool during school holidays.

Over the course of the birthday month, our team organizes a small celebration (usually delivering treats and sponsor letters to the child at school) to make each child feel loved. We encourage sponsors to get involved by sending gifts or letters to their sponsored child. As the years have gone on, we have noticed more and more sponsors are getting involved by either sending funds for gifts or writing letters and sending pics. We have loved watching it unfold and get better and better each year! 

Palma with her birthday treats

Happy Birthday to Our April Birthday Girls and Boys- we wish you all the best as we celebrate YOU this coming month!

If you are the sponsor of a birthday child this month, you are welcome to send us an email and we can work together to make your child’s day even more special!

PFP Junior Birthday Celebrants

PFP Main Program Birthday Celebrants

Letters from Sponsors

The kiddos LOVE getting letters from their sponsors. PFP students write letters to their sponsors two to three times per year and what a treat it is to get one back! We have loved seeing more sponsors get involved as the years have gone on. This month, nearly every birthday child received a birthday letter from their sponsor and it made their days (and ours too!). So cool!!!  

The AHU (A Hand Up) Program 

As a part of the ‘A Hand Up’ program, PFP students aged 18 and above are tasked with volunteering for their local communities as a way to earn their PFP scholarship and monthly upkeep. Each student is asked to find the task that brings meaning to them as an individual. In November, we saw our students take on a variety of meaningful tasks within their communities, including:

  • Taught students at a local nursery school
  • Cooked meals for a neighbor in need
  • Volunteered at a local Health Clinic
  • Assisted the “Littles” at Love Home to wash their clothing
  • Cleaned up rubbish in Masese to improve hygiene
  • Volunteered time cleaning and organizing a local health clinic
  • Tutored the younger children of PFP and others within the community
  • Offered English and math lessons to young kids unable to attend school
  • Cooked at Love Home
  • Helped with construction at a school
  • Pumped and carried water for an elderly neighbor
  • Prepared an elderly neighbor’s garden for planting
  • Providing encouraging talks and hygiene advice to children in Masese Slum

Featured below is William, digging his neighbors garden to prepare for planting, Priscilla, tutoring her young neighbor, and Bush giving hygiene advice to the younger children in Masese. 

GuideStar Platinum Level Participant

The Peace for Paul Foundation has earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile participation level (the highest possible)! This leading symbol of nonprofit transparency and accountability is presented by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.In order to be awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency, The Peace for Paul Foundation included contact information, financial information, our goals, strategies, capabilities, indicators, and progress, helping us more effectively share our story with the world.Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think:The Peace for Paul Foundation GuideStar Profile

 

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