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Current PFP news

December 2023

CALLS TO ACTION

We wanted to start the blog with highlighting the various ways in which you can get involved! There are so many different ways to make an impact through PFP, and we’ll start by listing them below!

It is never “fun” or “easy” to ask our supporters, family and friends to donate their hard earned money in support of our work at Peace For Paul. We wish we had an endless supply of dollars and didn’t have to, but that’s not our reality. As a small grassroots organization we count on all our amazing people to walk alongside us to make things happen. Please know how incredibly grateful we are for each and every one of you. Whether you’re sponsoring a child (or children), supporting our Facebook fundraisers, selling and/or buying raffle tickets or participating in our Christmas giving campaign, we appreciate it more than you’ll ever know. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!!

Annual Christmas Giving Fundraiser

We have launched the annual Christmas giving fundraiser! This particular fundraiser gives sponsors an opportunity to send a gift to their child for Christmas. The gifts will be purchased from within Uganda in order to support the local economy, and sponsors are encouraged to make it personal by sending a letter and photos to be delivered with the gifts.

We are also inviting donors to send an extra donation to help us meet some of our needs outside of what our sponsor dollars cover.  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:

Items Needed in Uganda:

  1. Swimming costume ($15 for one costume)
  2. Christmas food basket for families in the community ($25/basket). 
  3. School shoes ($25/pair)
  4. Eye exams ($50/each)
  5. Mosquito nets ($20/net)
  6. First aid kit ($500 for a full kit with meds)- 2 total needed
  7. Laptop for Paul, Mark and Michael in the University program ($500 each computer)
  8. Compound Waste Bins (to allow for rubbish removal from the City) $75 each (2 in total needed)
  9. Home Music System $250 each (2 in total needed)
  10. Plastic Chairs- $200 for 20 chairs
  11. Living Room Couches- $600 each (2 in total needed)
  12. Fresh new school Uniforms- $15 each (60 in total needed)
  13. Refilling Fire Extinguishers at Each Home- $80 each (6 in total needed)
  14. Living Room Couches- $600 each (2 in total needed)
  15. General Medical Exam- $25 each (98 in total needed)
  16. Love Home Power Stabilizer- $60
  17. New mattresses- $50 each (20 in total needed)
  18. Mattress Covers- $25 each (20 in total needed)
  19. Painting at Hope Home- $200
  20. Love Home Tiling $300
  21. Wash Basins- $10 each (20 in total needed)

12th Annual Anywhere in the World Raffle

IT’S TIME!!! Raffle tickets have been printed and ready to go. Each raffle ticket sells for $20 and there are only 2,250 being 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!

Soccer Balls and Gear for Uganda

PFP’s Founder and Executive Director is traveling to Uganda once again, this time with her 9 year old daughter, Makena! Mak, an avid soccer player, has the exciting opportunity to undergo a two-week soccer immersion with her brothers and sisters in Uganda. During her visit, she aims to bring as many soccer balls as possible for her friends there, as these kids in Uganda are passionate about soccer (referred to as football) and go through their balls quickly. She is requesting assistance in collecting soccer balls and gear—new or used—to contribute to this initiative and support the love for soccer among the children in Uganda.

Makena and soccer!

Join Our Team: Seeking Directors to Make a Meaningful Impact

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

Family Sponsorship Opportunities

We are always looking for general sponsors to help our family thrive. As a general family sponsor, your support extends to every child under our care. Your commitment enables us to provide essential resources and opportunities that contribute to their holistic development. Through your generosity, you become a vital part of our extended family, empowering each child to reach their full potential.

We offer various sponsorship opportunities that cater to specific needs within our family. You can choose to be a Medical Family Sponsor, ensuring that our children receive the necessary medical care and support they require. Alternatively, you can become a Dental Family Sponsor, helping to promote their dental health and well-being. We also have the option of being a Mental Health Family Sponsor, prioritizing the emotional and mental well-being of our children.

Your sponsorship commitment can be tailored to fit your capacity, with options of $25, $50, or $100 per month. No matter the amount, your contribution makes a lasting impact on the lives of these deserving children, enabling them to thrive and break the cycle of poverty.

By becoming a sponsor, you join a community of compassionate individuals who share a common goal—to uplift and empower vulnerable children. 

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

Facebook Fundraisers

Birthday Fundraisers

We love Facebook Birthday fundraisers! Since we started using Facebook as a fundraising platform in 2018, we have raised a total of almost $45,000 through generous donors. 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.

This month, one of our Members, Allison has hosted a birthday fundraiser and raised almost $100 for the kiddos of PFP. Thank you so much Allison!! We truly appreciate all you do. 

Happy Birthday and thank you message to Allison!

Giving Season Fundraiser

We are currently hosting a “Giving Season” fundraiser for Sabrina. She is a year and half away from graduating from trade school and exiting the PFP A Hand Up Program with her degree. Our older children are always hardest to find one on one sponsors for, so we’re hopeful we can raise enough money through this fundraiser to cover all of Sabrina’s costs until she’s finished. We have so far raised $527 of the $3,500 goal. The fundraiser officially closes on the 7th of December. We hope you will take part in helping us to reach the ultimate goal for her! 

Sponsorships Needed

We are currently in need of sponsorships for a total of 6 children. Sponsorship costs range from $50/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.

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

Each month, we will highlight one very special child who is looking to be matched with their person. Please see below for our sweet Kamya. He loves the color green, and one day wants to become a teacher so he can “teach children how to be better.”

Kamya Sharif- $65/month

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

Welcome to the Family Anna, Pearson and Andrew!

We are so happy to announce that three PFP children have found their sponsor match this month. The new sponsors are children themselves and everyone seems to excited to get to know one another!

Welcome to the Team, Jessi!

After a meaningful couple of weeks visiting with her sponsored student in Uganda, our long time sponsor Jessi has taken the next step and joined our team as a Member- with an eye to move into a (voting) Director seat. We are so glad to have her on the team and welcome her fresh eyes and enthusiasm! 

Jessi and Simon Peter

Street Children in Uganda

(An article written by AHU Student, Tikol Joseph)

I am writing on this topic as I myself was once a street child and have received support from various organizations until I finally landed with the one who saw me through to adulthood- PFP. I wanted to shed some light on the hidden struggles of street children in Uganda, even amidst the country’s natural beauty and diverse culture. The root causes of this issue include poverty, family breakdown, parental negligence, and the impact of illnesses like HIV/AIDS. Daily life for these children involves struggles for survival, with limited access to basic necessities and a lack of formal education exacerbating their challenges.

Efforts to address the problem involve government initiatives, NGOs, charities, and community involvement. Various organizations aim to rescue and rehabilitate street children by providing temporary shelter, counseling, and education. However, the effectiveness of these interventions is questioned, as some children return to street life after support concludes before they have found their way. The Peace for Paul Organization in Jinja is highlighted as an example where ongoing efforts in education and a commitment to see each student though to adulthood, lead to ongoing success, enabling children to establish themselves positively in society.

I want to highlight the importance of collaboration between government agencies, NGOs, charities, and communities in addressing the complex issue of street children in Uganda. Despite the challenges, success stories (mine included) demonstrate that with caregiving institutions, good Samaritans, and national aid, there is hope for these children to transition into a better life through education, vocational training, and psychological support. 

Tikol, returning to the village where he grew up without a stable home to give back to less fortunate

Tikol –  University of East Africa – Bachelor’s Degree In Petroleum Engineering

Celebrating Our Team: The “Staff Spotlight” Series

We recognize the immense contributions of our dedicated staff members in Uganda. Without their unwavering 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 incredible 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, 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.

Becky Namubiru

Director of Becky’s Eden Nursery School

Greetings, I am Namubiru Becky, the proud Director of Becky’s Eden Nursery School and a dedicated teacher. My association with The Peace for Paul Foundation, which commenced in 2017, has been instrumental in shedding light on every aspect of my professional life. Working closely with PFP has not only illuminated my path but has also contributed positively to the growth and development of Becky’s Eden Nursery School. I receive these young minds from Peace for Paul at a tender age, nurturing them for 3 to 4 years. This foundation enables them to seamlessly transition to primary education with remarkable achievements, bringing pride to both me and the Peace for Paul team.

Gratitude fills my heart for the dedicated staff of Peace for Paul who have worked tirelessly alongside me in nurturing these children. Together, we have introduced various enriching activities at school, including the much-loved “Ballet Dancing.” In addition to academic teachings, we emphasize values such as caring and sharing, fostering a holistic educational experience. Our curriculum extends beyond the traditional, incorporating fun activities such as swimming, tours, flower days, and more.

Witnessing the positive role played by myself and my staff in the lives of the little ones from Peace for Paul and the broader community is truly fulfilling. I express my sincere appreciation for the continuous support, cooperation, and guidance received over the years, and I am hopeful that this collaborative effort will persist in the future.

Becky in her office

Becky’s Eden Students

Birthday Celebrations

Every month, we work hard to ensure that each child in our program experiences a sense of joy and significance on their birthday. We believe that everyone deserves to feel special on their special day. To make this happen, we have a series of celebrations planned throughout their birthday week, culminating in a big celebration at the swimming pool during school holidays.

During their birthday week, our team organizes a small celebration (usually delivering treats and sponsor letters to the child at school) to make each child feel cherished and 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! 

November Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Our December 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

Home for the (long) Holiday

The PFP children are beginning to return home from school, marking the eagerly anticipated start of the year-end holiday, which typically spans 2-3 months. The dedicated PFP team is diligently preparing both the home and the holiday calendar for the children’s arrival. This month’s agenda is packed with a variety of activities, including counseling sessions, parental talks, baking lessons, novel reading, yoga sessions, sponsor letter writing, knitting classes, sports days, soccer games, health and hygiene lessons, arts and crafts, community outreach, hospital volunteering, lessons in shoe mending, tutoring, and revisions, career counseling with guest speakers, music, dance and drama lead by AHU students, and so much more!

Our goal is to create a vibrant and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone at home. The PFP social work team plans to conduct weekly visits to the homes of all resettled children, and many will be invited to participate in the activities at Love and Hope Homes. Even as children are resettled, we are committed to keeping them actively involved in the PFP family.

Ilukol, Ochola, Lomilo, Moses, Mark and John Bosco at Hope Home

Effective Mosquito Net Handling and Usage for Malaria Prevention in Peace for Paul

With the rapid progress of technology, the utilization of mosquito nets has emerged as a highly effective strategy in curbing the spread of malaria, a disease caused by the plasmodium parasite and transmitted through bites from infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. The Peace for Paul initiative focuses on educating children about the proper use, significance, and maintenance of mosquito nets.

Children in the program are instructed on various aspects, such as hanging newly acquired nets on wires to allow the dissipation of chemicals for a few hours. Subsequently, the nets are placed on bed handles, ready for use. The training emphasizes fixing the nets securely onto mattresses to prevent mosquitoes from infiltrating. Children learn to position themselves in the middle of the bed and are educated on tying up their nets in the morning, promoting fresh air circulation and maintaining an organized appearance.

The initiative ensures vigilant monitoring of the nets by staff to guarantee cleanliness. Any nets in need of repair are skillfully addressed using needles, while those irreparable are replaced with new ones approximately every year.Thanks to the comprehensive training provided to the children, they have become adept at utilizing mosquito nets effectively within the Peace for Paul program.

Nana, showing off his well hung net

The 2023 Annual Girl Summit

The staff of the Peace for Paul Foundation will be participating in a significant meeting organized by the NGO forum at the district. The focus of the discussion will revolve around the challenges faced by girls who have experienced violence, rape, pregnancy, abuse, or school dropout during the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective of the conference is to devise and implement solutions to support these girls.

Representatives from all children’s homes in the district have been invited to attend, actively participate, and contribute financially to address the issues faced by these girls. Following the meeting, the “Better Help for the Girl Child” committee (organized by PFP staff and Board Directors) will convene to strategize on how to best assist female students enrolled in PFP’s programs in achieving success.

PFP Girls

The AHU Program Encourages Students to Give Back

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:

  • Collected donations and supplies for children at a special needs home
  • Cleaned multiple local hospitals
  • Helped to repair vehicles for neighbors in need
  • Provided meals and companionship for elderly neighbors
  • Cleaned the streets of a local market
  • Cleaned rubbish near the railway in Masese slum
  • Helped an elderly neighbor to tend to his garden
  • Cleaned a local church prior to services
  • Provided English lessons to students at a local primary school
  • Volunteered at children’s homes to spend time and give love to the children there
  • Helped an elderly neighbor to tend to and repair her cattle kraal
  • Cleaning up educational institutions
  • Volunteered at PFP’s Love home by cooking, cleaning and spending time with the children
  • Cleaned a hospital and donated blood

Empowering Families Through the Juniors Program

We believe that education is a powerful catalyst for change and we understand the challenges faced by families in our community who struggle to provide their children with consistent access to education due to poverty. That’s why we are proud to introduce the Juniors Program—a collaborative effort between parents and PFP—to support these families in sending their children to school.

The Juniors Program is designed to work hand-in-hand with families, empowering parents to take an active role in their children’s education. While the children live full-time with their families, financial constraints have hindered regular school attendance. We firmly believe in fostering a sense of pride and ownership within parents by supplementing their contributions to ensure their children can attend school through their own hard work and dedication.

Through this program, we aim to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational opportunities for children aged four to 18 years. Currently, we have 94 students who are benefiting from this transformative partnership between parents and PFP.

By partnering with families, we not only address the immediate financial barriers to education but also foster a sense of community and shared responsibility. We recognize that parents are the primary caregivers and educators in their children’s lives. Therefore, we work closely with them to develop sustainable solutions, ensuring that education becomes a shared goal and a source of pride for the entire family.

The Juniors Program is a testament to the collaborative spirit and unwavering commitment of our community. We are inspired by the resilience and determination of the families we work with, and we are honored to be part of their journey towards a better future. Together, we can make a difference. Through this partnership between parents and PFP, we are building a stronger, more educated community—one child at a time.

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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