February 2018

The 8th Annual Anywhere in the World Raffle is Underway

There is still time to get in on our Anywhere in the World Raffle! Tickets are being sold for $20 each for a chance to win two round trip tickets to anywhere in the world on any airline! The drawing will be held March 26th, 2018. This is one of two annual fundraisers that we rely on in order to keep our programs running smoothly.

Click HERE to purchase your tickets!

Our Raffle Sponsors

Thanks to our business sponsors, there is almost zero cost to PFP for this fundraiser and we are looking to raise $40,000 with the raffle for our programs this year! We are so grateful to the following businesses for helping to make this fundraiser a success year after year!

Welcome To The Family

This month we welcomed three new children (Sarah, Apio and Achen) to the PFP family. These sweet children came to us in an emergency situation when a local children’s home was closed down. There was no hope for resettlement with their family, so we opened up our doors and welcomed them home to the PFP family. It has been a difficult transition for them, but we will work hard to ensure they are safe, loved and well cared for–for the rest of their childhood and beyond. We are looking for sponsors urgently so we can ensure a future for these sweet kids. Please click the links below to be re-routed to each of their profile pages. And please get in touch if you would like to help.

Sponsors Needed

Apio (Click photo below to be re-routed to her profile page)

ONE $125/month sponsor needed or TWO $65/month sponsors needed

Achen (Click photo below to be re-routed to her profile page)

ONE $125/month sponsor needed or TWO $65/month sponsors needed

Sarah (Click photo below to be re-routed to her profile page)

ONE $125/month sponsor needed or TWO $65/month sponsors needed

Fabian (Click photo below to be re-routed to his profile page)

ONE $125/month sponsor needed or TWO $65/month sponsors needed

Friday (Click photo below to be re-routed to his profile page)

ONE $50/month secondary school sponsor needed

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

A Very Busy Holiday

The children have been so busy this holiday! The older children have been working hard with the work program and other supplemental education programs aimed toward helping them to become successful adults. The younger children have been working hard at being kids and having as much fun as possible!  The following is a list of the activities they have been involved with this holiday:

  • Novel reading
  • Tutoring
  • Skills training (typing, paper bead making, toy making and farming)
  • Sports
  • Story telling
  • Parties (Christmas, New Years and Birthday parties!)
  • Educational outings (Social Innovation Museum and Kasubi Tombs)
  • Family Day
  • Work training program (for 16 years old and up)
  • Peer support group
  • Volunteer time
  • Community Service
  • Supplemental Education (Marie Stopes, Social Media)
  • Career Guidance Guest Speakers
  • And more!

Birthday Party

This holiday we celebrated all of the children whose birthdays fell between the dates of October 1 and Jan 31. Thanks to our annual birthday sponsor, the children got to enjoy music, dancing, cake, a special meal, sodas, and each of the birthday boys and girls received presents!

Our January birthdays were:

  • Angela – aged 15 on January 5
  • David – aged 11 on January 6
  • Michael – aged 20 on January 8
  • Sanyu – aged 4 on January 13
  • Lotte – aged 13 on January 17
  • Ayaki – aged 14 on January 23
  • Allan – aged 21 on January 30
  • Juliet – aged 4 on January 31
  • Harriet – aged 7 on January 31

Happy birthday to all of our very special children!!

Community Service

The girls from Peace Home and the boys from Hope Home came together this holiday to pitch in and make their community a little brighter. They chose to focus their efforts on Njeru Health Center. The boys and girls worked together to clean the compound, the patient rooms and to organize the piles of bricks and sand. Thanks to our helpful children, the nurses and doctors will be able to perform their jobs a little bit better and the patients will feel a little more at ease. Community service at its finest!

Field Days

The three days per week spent at the field are a favorite for many of the PFP kids. Some play football games, others do yoga and stretching, some just sit and chat and others run around to burn off some of that abundant energy.  Even the PFP transition age children who now live out in the community continue to meet their brothers and sisters at the field to spend time together and play.

Social Innovation Field Trip

The PFP children plus the elder PFP Junior children took a trip to Entebbe where they got to take part in projects at the Social Innovation Museum.  This museum is a unique experience where people are inspired to change the world. Our children had the opportunity to see social innovations happening, to meet social innovators and create ideas themselves. Some highlights of the trip were upcycling (constructing buildings from recycled plastic bottles!) and new ways of education. We hope that this trip helped our children to see things a little differently.  Check out their website at http://www.socialinnovationmuseum.com.

Tutoring

As always, we strive to offer every opportunity for our PFP students to thrive in school. This holiday, we hired tutors for both primary and secondary level to come to our homes and work with the children directly.

A new Primary and Secondary School

We are so excited to announce that PFP’s Upper Level Nursery, Primary 1, Primary 2, Senior 1 and Senior 2 students will be making the move to Musana. We believe that the curriculum and the emotional support provided at this educational institution will help mold our children into the positive change makers we so strongly believe they will one day be. Here is an excerpt from Musana’s website, http://musana.org, on their values:

Musana’s Nursery and Primary School

The education team is made up of over 70 passionate Ugandans committed to seeing the children develop into strong champions who will drive the future development of their country. Expanding off of the Ugandan curriculum, our teachers strive to offer a holistic learning experience focused on leadership, creative thinking, literacy, and practical life skills. Additionally, the children partake in many extra curricular activities that include soccer, volleyball, netball, track and field, arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, and agriculture. Located on nine acres of land, Musana offers a kid-friendly spacious environment with bright colorful buildings that contain the best educational facilities in Iganga. In 2016, Musana Nursery and Primary School ranked as #2 in Iganga District and was promoted by the Ugandan government as a center of excellence.  We are known for our high educational standards, exceptional living conditions and most importantly, our emphasis on being a Christ-centered loving home to all the children who enter our gates.

Musana’s Secondary School

Musana Vocational High School (MVHS) opened in February 2017 to give our primary school graduates a place to continue to be molded into difference-makers who will drive their country in the decades to come. MVHS stresses leadership and character building, as well as pushes creative thinking and literacy to the next level.  Simultaneously, students take courses in trade skills such as welding, catering and hospitality, mechanics, carpentry, tailoring, etc. As a result, these young adults are being equipped mentally and physically for the next chapter of their lives, with the character, brains, and skills either to continue their education, utilize their trade to provide for themselves and their families, or both.

The PFP Transition Program

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 have the opportunity to graduate to step 2 of the transition program. The children in step 2 of the transition program go from living at the children’s homes to living on their own and putting what they have learned into practice.

The first month of being adults in the community has gone exceedingly well for our first group of five children’s home graduates. Lotukei, Agnes, Allan, Michael and Simon Peter have spent the entire month of January getting used to cooking, cleaning and shopping for themselves. Although they were nervous at the start, the nerves have most definitely worn off. These young men and women are not only doing well, but they are thriving–and they are working hard to maintain ties with their PFP brothers and sisters. Multiple days per week are spent at the PFP homes, tutoring, helping with chores or just playing and spending time. We could not be more proud of our graduates!

Work Training Program

PFP children aged 16 and up have the opportunity to gain valuable skills working at Nile River Farms with our farm manager Moses. Learning on the farm is providing our children exposure to so many skills. Fence fixing, structure building, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting of plants, animal husbandry and even manure production. Perhaps some of our children will go on to work in this field and become permanent farm workers, managers, produce sellers, etc! We love it!

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. Our farm manager is gearing up to plant onions next!

The Love Home garden has jackfruits, bananas and pawpaws growing. Sukuma wiki and cabbages were planted this month.

Each week, the caretakers of each home are taught gardening and farming skills and in turn are asked to pass that knowledge down to the children. Each day, a different group of children are responsible for tending the gardens. From garden to table, real life skills are being learned and the children are loving it!

Nile River Farms

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

Crops are being sold to the PFP homes and to local communities.

In an effort to decrease the costs associated with purchasing manure for fertilizer, we are expanding our pig project and will be adding five additional pigs to the farm this month. Planning is underway for a chicken project as well! 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 March.

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.

Welcome to the Program

This month, we welcomed Mirembe, Clare and Patricia into the PFP Junior Program. We are so excited to see what the future holds for these sweet girls!

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!

There are now 33 children in the PFP Junior program!  The following children are looking to be paired with a sponsor. Click on their name to be redirected to their page and learn more about them.

Clare Ikaluti 

Patricia Batusa

Mirembe Laurencia

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

A Big Thanks to Our Computer Donors

Both Peace and Hope Homes each have four computers for the children to use thanks to generous donors in the auction!  It is our goal to ensure they have access and learn to use a computer to help them with future education and jobs. The children enjoy typing emails to their sponsors and learning more about computers in general.  They have also started typing lessons!

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

Bulungi Beads

The Bulungi Beads 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. All 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!

Bulungi Beads is on Instagram and Facebook!

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

Upcoming Bulungi Beads Events

Come and see us in person at the next ROAR event in Vancouver, WA  on March 22nd at 7:30 PM. We would love to see you there!  Check them out at https://www.roarvoices.com.

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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