December 2017

Our Impact

At the end of the year, we reflect on our impact in 2017. Together, we have been able to accomplish so much! A few highlights:

Number of children in our programs:
1) Main program: 85
2) Juniors program: 26
Children joining PFP this year: 28
Ugandans employed by PFP: 32

The number of people impacted by community activities:
1) Atanekontola mental health outreach: 50 adults
2) PFP Junior community handout: 127 students
3) Medical care and basic necessities provided for relatives of PFP Juniors: 6 adults
4) Clothing handout in Masese slum: 30 adults and children
5) Paper bead project: 15 people
6) Playground built for local school: 400 students
7) Hospital handout: 50 mothers
8) Mosquito net handout: 100 people

To get more details about our accomplishments keep an eye out for the 2017 Annual Report!

The 8th Annual Anywhere in the World Raffle is Underway

We are so excited to launch the 8th annual Anywhere in the World Raffle again! Tickets will be sold for $20 each for a chance to win two round trip tickets to anywhere in the world on any airline! We will start selling tickets December 1st. The drawing will be held March 26th, 2018.

Click HERE to purchase your tickets!

Welcome Home

In November we welcomed home brothers Adam (4) and Mungu (6). It wasn’t in our plan to bring in additional children for quite a while, but this was an emergency case. We were contacted by the Jinja Probation Officer about these two sweeties. The brothers had been dumped at her office and she was desperate to find a placement for them. The local chairperson who dropped them there had not expected the boys to survive–they were so neglected, sick and malnourished. The boys’ mom died last year and the father took off (denying them as his children). They have been alone and without care for over a year. The neighbors would occasionally bring them food, but otherwise they had no help at all.   When they came to us, it was as if they had not eaten in a great many days. Both became very sick after eating, but thankfully our nurse on staff has been there to help them as they adjust to their new surroundings and recover from the trauma of their past. Over time we are confident they will be just fine.

Welcome to the Team

With all the new young children we have in our care at Love Home, we have decided to hire a full time nurse. Christine comes to PFP with a very long history of nursing experience. She has worked for a medical clinic, a pharmacy and an organization providing medical attention to sick and undernourished children. During her time working in refugee camps in Northern Uganda, she gained nursing experience working with injured, depressed and homeless people who had been exposed to many illnesses and diseases due to war and drought. Christine strongly believes a child with a healthy body and mind lives a happy life. She lives on site at Peace Home and provides tender care to our children. They can easily approach her with health problems for immediate attention. Fantastic!!

Love Home Wall

The Love Home wall has been raised to a more secure height–thanks to auction VIP donor, Cassandra Smit. This heart was put on the wall in her family’s honor– and the kids love it. 

School Holiday

The end of the school year is fast approaching! All PFP children will be headed home for the long (2 month!) holiday.  A few highlights of what we have planned for the PFP children this holiday:

  • Four children (Christine, Joseph, Gloria, Brenda and Apaita) will receive the results from their National Exam and our team will help them make a decision on which secondary school to attend next year (a very important decision indeed)!
  • Novel reading program
  • Skills training (Farming, paper bead making, and typing tutorial)
  • Sports Program
  • Tutoring
  • Storytelling
  • Parties (Christmas, New Years and Birthday parties!)
  • Educational outings (Social Innovation Museum and Kasubi Tombs)
  • Work training program for 16 and ups on the PFP Farm
  • Email program
  • Supplemental Education (Marie Stopes, Social Media)
  • Family Day at Love Home
  • Career Guidance Guest Speaker
  • Peer support group
  • Community Service (the children will volunteer)
  • Mentoring

The PFP Transition Program Has Launched

There are currently 20 children in the transition program (anyone in Senior 1 and above). As a part of this group, they get to take part in the work training, and in the curriculum during holidays. They learn budgeting and money management, safety and security, career guidance, communication, etc.  Upon turning 19, they will have the opportunity to graduate to step 2 of the transition program. They will go from living at the children homes to living on their own and putting what they have learned into practice. The five eldest children in our program are now over the age of 19 and are ready to move out of the children’s home and start to learn how to live as adults on their own. These “transition children” will move into their own Ugandan style homes and will learn to be functional adults in their own community. They will still be supported by PFP for all basic necessities and school related costs-through trade school or University. They will have the opportunity to take part in the work training program during school holidays and will earn their own money which they will be responsible for budgeting. Over time, the support provided by PFP will slowly be decreased until these young men and women are fully functioning adults who know how to succeed on their own. This month, we are going to find housing for Agnes, Lotukei, Simon Peter, Michael and Allan. All five of these young adults will continue to receive weekly mentoring from our PFP staff and will be welcomed into the PFP homes to take part in weekly activities.

We are so excited to see how their lives will unfold over the next few years.

Work Training Program

This holiday, all PFP children age 16 and up will be given an opportunity to take part in the work training program at Nile River Farm. This month, transition program children Simon Peter, Joseph, Gloria, Chipa, Agnes and Brenda were home from school and ready to start.  In December, all of these children will be working a few days per week on the farm and honing their skills in farming as well as earning their own money and learning how to budget. In November, they were working on weeding, planting and clearing brush from the perimeter fence.

Farming at Home

The Peace Home garden continues to thrive. Maize, garlic, tomatoes, cabbage and carrots, greens and beans are the focus of this garden.

The Love Home garden has jackfruits, bananas and pawpaws growing. This month we harvested jackfruits for sale in the market.

The Hope Home garden is focusing on maize.

Our Farm Manager is planning a skills training program for children at each home. The children will be involved in planting, watering, tending and harvesting the gardens. From garden to table, they will be learning real skills that will follow them all of their lives!

Nile River Farms

The farm in Budondo continues to thrive under the guidance of our new Farm Manager, Moses. On NRF, we are growing passion fruit, bananas, maize, matooke, onions, tomatoes, sukuma wiki, cabbage, green pepper and egg plant.

Crops are being sold to the PFP homes and to local communities. Planning is underway for a chicken project! The chickens not only will provide meat and eggs for the homes and surrounding communities, but much needed fertilizer for the farm itself.

We expect our first major harvest by the end of January.

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 this program live in our neighborhood, however their parents or guardians are unable to afford the full amount of school fees, uniforms and school supplies which are often more than a family can earn in a month. Because these children have families to look after them, they will not be living in our homes. Rather, they will live with their families and be sponsored through PFP for educational support. This program is designed to be a helping hand to parents who care for their child but need support to ensure their child can obtain an education and have a positive future. The parents contribute a small portion of school fees 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 are saving and planning for the much higher costs of secondary school for the students.

“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 or contact us at hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.

Community Outreach

As part of our Peace For Paul Junior outreach program we made a surprise visit bearing gifts to our sweet Yasin and his Jaja (grandmother.) During the visit they received household necessities and clothing.

Here is what our staff person in Uganda had so say about the visit:
“It was a shock to her and she never expected us nor did she even know that one day she was going to receive gifts from someone. She and Yasin were filled with immense happiness. Jaja never had anything to do to thank The PFP Foundation. She just shed tears of joy.  She said that from the time she was born, she had never known a good samaritan to do what we did for her”.

Here is a short bit of Yasin’s story…

** Yasin is four years old. His mother abandoned him when he was only one-year old. Yasin was brought to the woman who cared for him while his mother worked and one day, his mother just never returned for him. Since then, he has been taken care of by this woman who he calls grandmother. She is an elderly disabled woman who washes others’ clothes and begs for money to feed herself and Yasin. Yasin has no recollection or information on his parents or family and she is all he has. **

We love being able to bless the awesome families living around us. Thank you for partnering with us in this.

PFP Junior Sponsors Needed

There are now 26 children in the PFP Junior program!  For only $35 per month, you could sponsor a child through the PFP Junior Program and help a very deserving little person like Yasin fulfill their dreams!

Contact us at hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.

Family Sponsorship Opportunities

We are 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.

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

BulungiBeads

The BulungiBeads Etsy 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.

Beads are purchased from the women and PFP artisans to support their growing business and their families. Any profits are sent back to the women and to the PFP program to help pay for food, clothing, school tuition and supplies. We thank you so much for your contribution to this cause. Click here to view our shop!

BulungiBeads is on Instagram and Facebook!

PFP’s BulungiBeads is now on Instagram and on Facebook! Please follow us! You’ll get to see all kinds of wonderful things!

Upcoming BulungiBeads Events

Come and see us in person at the next ROAR event in Vancouver, WA  on November 30th or at Hope Chapel Maui’s Lovely market on December 3rd. We would love to see you!

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, 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!

GuideStar Gold Level Participant

The Peace for Paul Foundation recently earned the Gold GuideStar Nonprofit Profile participation level! 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 Gold 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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