December 2016

Meet Paul

Paul is the most caring, driven and loving young man you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. He wants to become a pilot one day so he can “see the world”. Paul loves the color orange and his favorite thing to do is to play football. The connection he and the Founder of PFP made 9 years ago, when Paul was found roaming the streets of Jinja, was the motivation for starting The Peace for Paul Foundation. Paul takes pride in knowing that he was the one who helped to spark the fire that has now seen over 80 children and countless community members assisted to make their own lives better. For more information on how Paul and Heidi met, click HERE.

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Paul’s Story

I was born in Moroto, Uganda and lived with my five siblings and my mother and father. My father once had some cattle, which we depended on for food, but after he died the cows were gone and we had nothing to eat. I don’t remember my father because I was so young. After he died, we left Moroto for Jinja because we didn’t have any support from our relatives or neighbors and we were starving. We thought that in Jinja we would have a better life, but we also struggled on the streets of Jinja. During the day, my sisters would collect maize to get a little bit of money for food and my brothers and I would collect scrap metal for selling. My family worked together to get the money for survival, but still one of my brothers and one of my sisters died.

On the street, I also picked up charcoal and leftover food at the market. The charcoal was for selling and I would combine the money I got from selling charcoal with the money of other people to pay for a small room to rent. If we couldn’t come up with the money, the landlord would send us away from the house and we would sleep on the streets. After some time working hard to get the money we would again rent a room. I would also not go to school because there was no access by then. Our mother got remarried and gave birth to my youngest sibling, Longoli. This man was harsh to the mother and beat her because he was a drunkard. My mother decided to leave him and to stay alone with us but now she drinks too much too.

While I lived on the streets we would move as a team with Logel, Bosco, Mark, Friday, and all of them. This is how we would protect ourselves. We were a group of ten and we never left each other. We ate leftovers and collected charcoal together. Honestly, what I can say is that all was never going well for me.

I joined Peace for Paul Foundation in 2008 after Heidi found me on the streets looking for food to eat. We were many on the streets by the time she found me. When she found me and the others, she bought us some food to eat and we went away. But on our way going, something came within me and I asked myself that this woman has bought us food but we have not even thanked her. So I went back to her and thanked her for what she had done for me and the others. This created some form of friendship between me and her. Then later, after about three days, she decided to take me away from the streets.

What I want to tell you now is that I have access to everything I want. I am now in school and in one of the top performing schools in Uganda.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Heidi because she changed my life a lot and she is the reason that I am who I am today. I became a son to her and being her first born, she provides me with all I need and will ever require. I feel am also treated like a child in a family. I also have a dream through her provision to become a future pilot and so that is my dream I am working towards. I also enjoy the time together with others whom I consider to be my brothers and sisters in the Peace for Paul Foundation.

PFP Junior Sponsors Needed

There are now 20 children in the PFP Junior program happily attending school— many for the first time.

This month, we have identified four new children who are desperately waiting for a sponsor so they can attend school too. Click on the photos below to be taken to each child’s individual profile page on the PFP website.

For only $35 per month, you could sponsor a child through the PFP Junior Program and help a very deserving little person fulfill their dreams.

Sibita Badiru

Sibita Badiru

Atim Margaret

Atim Margaret

Sekabira Enoch

Sekabira Enoch

Chandiru Bushira

Chandiru Bushira

 

Click HERE to sign up to sponsor a PFP Junior child or Contact us at hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.

What is the PFP Junior Program?

The PFP Junior Program 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 healthcare 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. The parents pay a small portion of school fees only to keep them involved and empowered to educate their children instead of depending 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.

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Click HERE to sign up to sponsor a PFP Junior child or Contact us at hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.

PFP Junior Fun Day

The PFP Junior children all came together for a school holiday celebration at Hope Home. Looks like they had too much fun! They ate, drank sodas, played games and even got to watch a movie! Everyone promised to perform well in school and some even promised to take 1st place in their classes. What a special day!

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PFP Annual Raffle

We are so excited to be launching the 7th annual “Anywhere in the World Raffle”. Tickets will be sold for $20 each for a chance to win 2 round trip ticket vouchers for anywhere in the world on any airline! We will start selling tickets in December. Click HERE to reserve your tickets!

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Raffle Sponsors

Five very generous businesses have signed up to sponsor this very important fundraiser. Click the logos below to be taken to each sponsors website.


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Candidates for Secondary School

Friday, Arthur, Mary and Florence, have completed their National Exams. We are anxiously awaiting the results to find out which secondary schools they are eligible to apply for. We hope they enjoy this long holiday as they prepare to head off to secondary school!

Friday and Arthur

Friday and Arthur

Mary and Florence

Mary and Florence

The Peace for Paul Shop

Check out the shop 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.

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Click HERE to visit the PFP shop.

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!

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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, Social Mission 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: hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org if you would like to join our team!

Family Sponsorship Opportunities

We are looking for general sponsors to help cover the extra costs associated with keeping this organization 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.

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Just click HERE to sign up to become a family sponsor!
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity. hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org
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