August 2020

Uganda Covid-19 Update

Uganda has now registered 1,176 total cases of Covid-19 (up from 829 cases in July, 317 cases in June and 62 cases in May) with 1,028 of those cases marked as recovered. There have been 3 reported deaths from Covid-19 in Uganda.  

The government lockdown remains in effect, with all schools, churches and public gathering places closed. The students in candidate classes, who were previously supposed to return to school on June 3rd, are remaining home by government mandate until further notice. Public and private means of transport are being allowed, but with space restrictions. The evening curfew has been extended to allow people to move outside of their homes up until 9 pm. 

PFP continues to support our children and their families from where they live, providing food, and medical support for not only the PFP children but many family members as well.

We are so grateful to our community of supporters for enabling us to continue this important work, even in the most difficult of times.

David, washing his hands

Viola and Kafero with their weekly food package

Plan for Education

In an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19, Uganda has closed all schools across the country. The most likely scenario is that all educational institutions will be closed through the end of the year. We continue to wait for further updates from President Musevini. 

PFP has been working with the various schools that our children attend to put together a holiday package that they can work on from home as we await for schools to reopen. Each of the children in the PFP programs has been equipped with a holiday notes package and the tools they need to stay on top of their work. When schools are opened up again, they will be ready!

Chipa, Helen and Sylvia with their holiday package

Community Outreach

The Peace for Paul Foundation has been regularly distributing bars of soap and packages of food to the children who have been placed with relatives in our community. It is our way of making sure that the children are well looked after and their families are able to maintain a high level of personal hygiene during the lockdown. 

Many families within our community also receive supplemental food from PFP as a way to support the entire family, not just the PFP child in their care. Many generous supporters continue to come together to make this a possibility. 

Fatuma and Shatra with their family’s weekly food package

Moses and family with the weekly food package

Hanging at Home

With the government’s mandated countrywide quarantine, the PFP children have had lots of quality time at home with their brothers and sisters. Plenty of time spent together, building those connections. Charlie, one of our AHU recipients has been visiting and leading a weekly yoga class for the kids at both Love and Hope Homes! 

Kiiza

Apio, Achen, Peace and Ketra

Charlie, teaching a yoga class for the young children at Hope Home

Family Time

Schools across the country are closed due to Covid-19 and a country wide lockdown. Many of our children are spending the down time with families in their villages.  It has been a good opportunity to reconnect  and to learn about their culture. Many of the PFP children and young adults have been helping their families with small businesses, gardening and so on. 

Sharifa with her sister Bingi

Ssenono, Teddy, Nakayi and Esau with their mom, dad and younger brother

Michael, helping his mom harvest beans

Michael’s Update

Do you remember this little guy? In December of 2019, Michael was struck by lightening in the head while tending cattle in Northern Uganda and was rescued by our very own Paul (Peace for Paul’s namesake). Through the generous outpouring of support, we were able to raise enough to fund emergency bone grafting surgery. Michael is one strong little guy and continues to improve. He is spending time with Paul this holiday in their home village of Namandera and when school opens again, we are looking to enroll Michael in the PFP Junior’s program (Moroto branch). The future looks bright for this little rockstar! 

Michael and Paul in Namandera

Michael, always smiling!

Birthday Celebrations

We always take the time to make every child in our program feel special on their birthday. Each child receives a special gift and small celebration followed by a BIG birthday celebration for them together at the swimming pool during school holidays. The birthday celebration has been placed on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions, but we still take the time to celebrate the kids individually. 

Rebecca, celebrating her birthday with brother Jacob and sister Harriet

Happy Birthday to Our August Birthday Girls and Boys!

Welcome to the Family

This month, we welcomed a new sponsor for Timothy into our PFP family. We are so grateful for have such a loving and supportive group of people behind us! Welcome to the family!!

Timothy, saying hi to his new sponsor!

Sponsor Love

With many of the the PFP children placed with family during this long holiday from school, many of our generous sponsors have seen an increased need for support for their child and family members. We have seen an unprecedented outpouring of love and support from sponsors. Thank you so much to everyone who has stepped up to offer extra love  during this extremely difficult time. 

Gladys and her sponsors, getting to know each other!

Alyat and Apurio with home necessities, provided from support through their long time friend and sponsor 🙂

Clare with a letter from her sponsors

Family Sponsorship Opportunities

We are always looking for general sponsors to help cover the extra costs associated with keeping The Peace for Paul Foundation operating smoothly 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.

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

The PFP Junior Program

The Juniors Program works with the families of children in the PFP community to help them be able to attend school.These children all live full time with their families but poverty has prevented them from attending school regularly. The ages range from four years to sixteen years of age and we currently have 68 students who are benefiting from this partnership. Two of these students are in Secondary school and 7 are sitting for National Exams this year so they may join secondary school in 2021.  We are so proud of these hardworking students and their motivation to succeed!

Nile River Farms

Situated on three acres of land near the Nile River our sustainability project, Nile River Farms, is continuing to do well. The goal is to grow our population to 90 pigs and sell 10 per month on a rotating schedule.  We now have 47 pigs and we are starting to see some nice sales!

This project is aimed at providing funds for PFP as well as education and work experience for the children in our independent program. We are striving to show the children in our program that with a little hard work, they can provide what they need for themselves and their families from within Uganda.

We have two full time staff on the farm and while school is out, two of our elder PFP boys are living and working on the farm. They go for daily walks to collect grass and other food for the pigs to eat. Two pigs were sold in July and one sow is expecting a litter very soon. Pigs rock!!

The Bulungi Beads Store

We are pleased to announce that Bulungi Beads now has a store on our website! The Bulungi Beads Shop features beautiful Ugandan jewelry, handmade by women working hard in the slums of Masese and by the young men and women learning the skill in the PFP program. The handcrafted paper beads are purchased from the women and PFP artisans to support their growing business and their families. All profits are sent back to the women and to the PFP program to help pay for food, clothing, school tuition and supplies. Click HERE to view our shop! 

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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