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Current PFP news

December 2021

11th Annual Anywhere in the World Raffle

It’s the best time of the year— RAFFLE TICKET SEASON!  PFP Directors and Members are now selling raffle tickets for $20 each with a chance to win two round trip tickets to ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, ON ANY AIRLINE. There are only 2,000 total tickets sold and tickets can be booked for up to TWO YEARS from date of drawing! The drawing will be held March 30th, 2022 via Live Facebook drawing (you do not need to be present to win). This is one of two major fundraisers that we rely on in order to keep our programs running smoothly. Thanks to our generous sponsor, BrightTrip, there is zero cost to PFP, and we are able to raise $40,000 in order to keep our programs running. We hope you will take part!

Christmas Packages

As usual, we are offering sponsors of the PFP children an opportunity to put together a care package for their child for Christmas! Many sponsors have already signed up. Each package will cost $75 and will include:

  • One set of Christmas clothes
  • One pair of shoes
  • A School Backpack
  • Knickers/underwear and socks
  • Special gift
By donating $75, the Christmas gift package can be purchased from within Uganda and will not only put a smile on your child’s face, but will help to support the local economy. We have started sending out personal emails to each sponsor in preparation for this gift giving bonanza! Please reach out if you are interested in supporting your child this year with a Christmas package!

Christmas Giving Opportunities

This holiday season, we would like to offer an opportunity to share some of your good fortune with your friends in Uganda. If you are interested in sending an extra donation to help PFP meet some of our needs outside of what sponsor dollars cover, please donate at the link provided or contact us at the email below!  Many donors like to give these donations as Christmas gifts in their loved one’s name (we would be more than happy to put together a certificate showing the donation for you to give your loved one).

Options for donations include:

  1. Sports Gear ($45 for one set of cleats/jersey)
  2. Soccer Ball ($25 for one soccer ball)
  3. Swimming costume ($15 for one costume)
  4. Painting Love Home–$1,100 USD
  5. Tiling of Love Home floors- $1,000
  6. Dining Tables for Love and Hope Home-$300 
  7. Peace Home exterior wall painting– $550
  8. Christmas food basket for families in the community ($20/basket). 
  9. School shoes-$20/pair
  10. Clothing ($50/set)
  11. Typhoid vaccination ($60/series). 200 total needed
  12. Wheelbarrow $50 each (3 total needed)
  13. Bedsheets and blankets- $15/set
  14. Eye exams ($50/each).
  15. Mosquito nets ($20/net). 200 total nets needed. 
  16. Laptop for Lotukei University program ($500)
  17. Laptop for Tikol University Program ($500)
  18. Laptop for staff ($500 each). 3 total needed
  19. First aid kit ($400 for a full kit with meds). 2 total needed. 
  20. Contribution to the scholarship fund ($50, $100, $250 or whatever amount you would like to donate).

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Please know how much we appreciate you. Without you and all the other PFP sponsors and supporters we would not be able to have the impact we do on the lives of the 186 amazing children in our program.

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

Countrywide School Closures Continue

While Universities and trade schools have opened again, primary and secondary schools across Uganda remain closed. We are anticipating that most primary and secondary schools will reopen in January, and could not be more excited about it.  Most learning institutions are offering online learning opportunities to help bridge the gap as students await the reopening of schools. Sadly, many Ugandans do not have access to the electronic devices or enough money to pay for internet to make online learning a reality. It is estimated that less than 20% of students in Uganda have the necessary resources to access online learning. In an effort to bridge this gap, PFP has secured cameras for our desktop computers so the children may attend classes on Zoom. Students in University, trade level and the Senior level candidate class (S4) are being furnished with smartphones in order to attend zoom lessons and stay on track. When notes are available from the schools, we purchase those to utilize as well.  Sponsor dollars are being stretched to accommodate the skyrocketing cost of tutoring, zoom lessons, and electronic infrastructure needed for our students to effectively learn. Additionally, PFP is supplying food and medical care costs for our children, staff and families in the community. Together, we are making it work!

Study time at Hope Home

Please read the following links for more information on the current situation for youth in Uganda:

Uganda: Covid-19 Pandemic Fueling Child Labor

Almost One Third Of Uganda’s Students may never Go back To School

Universities and Trade Schools– OPEN!

The students enrolled in a University or a trade school program have been welcomed back to school and some form of normalcy is being returned. Ajuna has been working hard is his pharmacy training and this month, was able to start his internship at a local hospital! Way to go AJ!!

Making Home Life Fun- and Productive!

We continue to do our best to keep spirits and hopes high within the homes. While the young children are not currently able to attend school in person, we try to make home a fun and educational place to be. There are a variety of activities at home, from online lessons, to skills training, tutoring, yoga, riding bikes, swimming and more!

Immunizations

PFP strives to keep all children across all of our programs fully up to date on vaccines. With nearly 200 children in our programs, this is no easy feat! Thanks to donors in our Christmas fundraiser we have been able to get going on this years vaccines! The children have started lining up for their Typhoid, Tetanus, HPV and MMR vaccines! 

Love Home children lining up!

Kafero, getting it done! 💪

Student Advisory Committee

The Student Advisory Team continues their hard work on the ground in Uganda. The team consists of Tikol, Agnes, AJ, Allan, Bosco, Mark, Michael, Samuel and Simon Peter. Each week team member’s focus on their specific area including meeting with resettled children, purchasing supplies and meeting with community grant recipients to monitor and track progress. We love seeing it all come together like this. Beautiful work like this deserves to be celebrated!

Allan with resettled chidlren- Rebecca, Jacob and Harriet

More info on the PFP Advisory Committee is: 

Many of the original PFP girls and boys are now PFP men and women. At over 20 years old, they are ready to begin to play a bigger part in the development and management of Peace for Paul. As schools continue to be closed and the elder students are home for the long haul, we have established an advisory committee. Each student within this team of elder students is assigned to a specific area (Jinja resettlement team, Love and Hope food menu team, school visitation day team, medical team, and etc). The students are responsible for adding an extra layer of verification and checks and balances on funds spent. They also meet with the younger students to assess how things are going and where adjustments might need to be made. They have been working hard and making a big difference in operations on the ground. We could not be more proud!

Bosco with Nantale and her Jaja (Grandmom)

A Community Grant

“Ann’s Team”, the group of PFP elder students assigned to this community project continues work with the three recipients of the community grant, Alice, Claire and Lydia. The women are all making great progress in their businesses, all 10 of their combined children are preparing to start school in January (courtesy of the PFP Junior program) and they are receiving monthly food support while they focus on rebuilding their lives and creating their own income stream. 

Lydia with her children and Agnes

More info on “Ann’s Team”:

A very generous donor has come forward to provide an annual grant to help PFP make an even larger impact for our community members in need. Ann’s Team will work together to identify the people most in need within our community, those who just need a little hand up to get back on their feet. The Team will walk alongside the recipients of these community grants to mentor and follow their progress and help ensure success. 

Welcome to the Family

This month was a doozie! We welcomed 11 new children into our Juniors program this month and found sponsors for ALL of them in record time! So exciting!!!

New Sponsors

One current child who was already enrolled in our program, but in need of a sponsor found his match this month as well. Thank you so much to everyone who stepped up. 

Birthday Celebrations

Happy, happy birthday to November birthday celebrants! We always do our best to make sure every child in our PFP main program gets a chance to feel special on their birthday.  Each child receives a gift and has a small celebration followed by a BIG birthday celebration all together at the swimming pool during school holidays. Many sponsors get involved by sending gifts to their child as well. All children deserve to feel special on their day and we always do our best to make it so! 

In November all four birthday kids sponsor families stepped up to provide an extra special birthday celebration for their children. We love seeing the love between the PFP children and their sponsors– from across the entire world! 

Joel, Ashiraf and Adam, celebrating together!

Mark, celebrating with his brothers!

The best gift in the world for this musician– Mark gets a guitar!

Happy Birthday to Our December Birthday Girls and Boys- we wish you all THE BEST as we celebrate  YOU this 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 their day even more special!

Facebook Birthday Fundraisers

Many of our supporters have “donated” their birthdays to PFP by hosting a birthday fundraiser through Facebook. It is so easy to do and Facebook fundraisers take ZERO administrative fees! We hope you will consider including PFP for your next birthday! 

Welcome to the Director Team Stephanie!

Please join us in welcoming Stephanie Heinrich to the Board of Directors for Peace For Paul. Stephanie came on board as a sponsor and Member to the Board (our most dedicated group of volunteers) a few months ago and jumped right in. She was quick to take time out of her busy schedule to join in on Board meetings and the team quickly realized what a great fit she was. We are thrilled to have her. Stephanie graduated from Utah State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing. After starting out in the marketing field, Stephanie made a career shift and has spent the last five years working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She is passionate about humanitarian work, and loves to travel the world. She has a special place in her heart for Uganda, and looks forward to growing and learning with PFP. We are thrilled to have her!

Amazon Smile

A super easy way for you to support The Peace for Paul Foundation while you do your regular shopping!  Add The Peace for Paul Foundation as your regular charity today. This is absolutely free for you and Amazon will share a small percentage of your purchase with us. Over time this could really make a difference.

See below for instructions:

Step 1. Visit our unique Amazon Charity url at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-3792129 and set The Peace For Paul Foundation as your charity of choice.

Step 2. Sign in to your Amazon account like you normally would. Be sure to always start shopping Amazon by typing in smile.amazon.com into your browser.Once you’ve registered PFP as your charity of choice, it will always default to that.

** Important…. Be sure to always start your shopping on Amazon by typing in smile.amazon.com into your browser.

The PFP Junior Program

The Juniors Program works with families in our community so parents may be able to send their children to school. These children live full time with their families but for them, poverty has prevented the children from attending school regularly. This program is a partnership between parents and PFP to supplement on what they are able to contribute so parents may take pride in being able to send their children to school through their own hard work. The ages of children in this program range from four years to eighteen years of age and we currently have 89 students who are benefiting from this partnership. 

Rocsana and her siblings

PFP Juniors Supplemental Programs

In an effort to address the needs of the whole child and his or her family, our PFP Juniors coordinator has ramped up the supplemental programs being offered. Each month, there is a regular schedule for career guidance, hygiene and sex education, skills lessons (knitting, painting, tailoring and dance lessons), mental health therapy, family planning and birth control for parents, community outreach programs (food distribution and family empowerment), fun day, and tutoring. The Juniors children are LOVING it and getting involved with more and more programs by the week!

PFP Juniors child–Enoch and his mom

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

AHU Partnership

We LOVE this photo!! Our a Hand Up student Levy is giving art lessons to Joseph. Joseph is loving it and we sure appreciate Levy doing it. 

Our A Hand Up program is designed to empower vulnerable young adults in our community. Recipients of this scholarship are young men and women who are determined, hard working, skilled and who have a desire to give back. The recipients do not receive a hand out, but a hand up. As part of the program the applicants commit to helping out with the PFP program where they can and in the community. Win win!

Levy with Joseph and Moses

Family Sponsorship Opportunities

We are always looking for general sponsors to help our family thrive.  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

Director (on the Board) Needed

We are looking to add a new Director or two to our board and what better place to look than from within our team of awesome supporters. We are always looking for ways to improve and would love to find someone with a background in Microfinance, child development or child psychology. If you would like to support the work of PFP in a more meaningful way, we’d love to chat. Please reach out via the email below and we can go from there to determine if it might be a good fit. At the very least…. we’ll have a great conversation and a chance to connect.

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

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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