Current Update

Current PFP news

February 2024

 Calls to Action

There are so many different ways to make an impact through PFP, and we’ll start by listing them below!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship costs range from $25/month to $140 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.

Akuluti Clare (Secondary School) – $25/month
Muhammad (Secondary School) – $40/month

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

12th Annual Anywhere in the World Raffle

Raffle ticket sales are going on now! 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! Just click on the photo below to head over to the purchase page on the website!

Join Our Team: Seeking Directors to Make an 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 our friends’ generosity on Facebook. 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.

In January, the Chairman of our Board, Lisa- hosted a birthday fundraiser and raised enough to support one of our children for an entire year!

A visit from PFP’s Founder

PFP’s Founder and Director made another visit to Uganda in January. This time, she brought her 9 year old daughter to join in on the fun! First up, was spending time with the 10 original PFP boys, and Heidi’s adopted sons (Makena’s brothers)! All of them traveled from wherever in Uganda they are currently living/schooling and they hit the ground running. First on the agenda was a Premier league soccer game!

Heidi and Makena took a large number of soccer balls to Uganda to share with all the kiddos there and Mak was really looking forward to working on her own game while there. We have some amazing soccer players amongst our kiddos to coach her along the way. They’ve got out to play and of course the community children got right in there with them.

A visit to Uganda is always a great reason to organize a Kindness Day!! The crew went into Masese (where a number of our kiddos are originally from) and treated a group of deserving kids to a day at one of our homes including a great lunch, soccer and a soccer ball to take home. Everyone had an amazing time!

Maintaining Family Ties

Maintaining family ties is a central focus of PFP. Even when a child resides with us on a full-time basis, fostering a connection with their relatives remains paramount. Sanyu, who has been under the care of a foster family since the age of 2 due to safety concerns, now has the opportunity to visit and spend extended periods of time with her mom. Over the years, Sanyu’s mother has successfully rebuilt her life and redefined herself, creating a safe environment for such visits. Witnessing the flourishing relationships, including the bond between Sanyu and her family, brings us such great joy. 

Sanyu and her mom

At Home

While home for the long holiday, the PFP team strives to provide students with learning opportunities that are both fun and informative. One of the focuses this holiday was on learning to knot and create blankets, clothing and other useful items. The kids seemed to really enjoy the lessons!

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.

Emuron Denis

PFP Photographer

We are endlessly grateful to Denis, for taking photos of everything, all of the time. He captures a lot of what we do in Uganda, showing what daily life is like. Denis doesn’t just take quick pictures; his photos tell a story. They let us and our supporters see what life is really like in Uganda. His pictures show the good times, the tough times, and how people and communities face challenges. By sharing these photos, Denis helps us all understand and appreciate Uganda’s diverse culture. His hard work helps connect our mission with the people who support us. Through Denis’s photos, we can see the impact of what we’re doing, creating a stronger bond between our global community and the lives we’re touching in Uganda. We owe a big thanks to Denis for his important role in preserving and sharing our work, making it clear how powerful our shared commitment is. A few words from Denis on this job, below: 

“I am Emuron Denis, I work with the peace for Paul foundation in the photography department. Am so excited to share with you about the photography experience as I do my work. What’s  always in my mind when doing work is that of preserving memories and telling stories about our children, how they grow, change to become big people of the community. In this, photos have always kept us connected to our sponsors and directors at large. This has always helped me to document my experience and to stay trusted at my place of work mostly when I do it on time when photos are seriously needed.

I am always happy and privileged to doing this work which I like doing most”.

Birthday Celebrations

Every month, we work hard to ensure that each child in our program feels special on their birthday.  To make this happen, we have a series of celebrations planned for each student, culminating in a big celebration at the swimming pool during school holidays.

Over the course of the birthday month, our team organizes a small celebration (usually delivering treats and sponsor letters to the child at school) to make each child feel 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! 

Esau with his birthday treats

Sanyu shopping for birthday gifts

Julie with her birthday gifts

Happy Birthday to Our February 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

The Long Awaited Birthday Party

In January, we celebrated all of the children whose birthdays fell between October 2023 and January 2024. Everyone gathered for swimming at the local pool, and then we met at Peace Home for a big meal (prepared by our culinary students Friday and Peter), cake, music dancing and celebrations. Each of the birthday kids received a special gift from their sponsors as well. As usual, everyone had the best time and can’t wait for the next!

Bulungi Beads

This holiday, Fatuma was teaching Makena how to make paper beads. Love the concentration! Fatuma is the main organizer of the women in Uganda who make our jewelry for us to sell and share with our clients. The business is called Bulungi Beads. Has allowed several women in the slum are many of our children came from to make enough money to help support their families and send their children to school. Has evolved beautifully over the years. You can check out our store on our website. Here is the link: https://peaceforpaul.org/bulungibeadsshop/

An Important Gift

Thanks to donors in this years Christmas Giving Fundraiser, each of our University students received a new laptop so that they would have the opportunity to complete their coursework uninhibited. We (and especially Mark, Paul and Michael) are so grateful to those who supported PFP in this year’s auction.

The AHU (A Hand Up) Program 

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:

  • Taught students at a local nursery school
  • Cooked meals for a neighbor in need
  • Volunteered at a local Health Clinic
  • Assisted the “Littles” at Love Home to wash their clothing
  • Cleaned up rubbish in Masese to improve hygiene
  • Volunteered time cleaning and organizing a local health clinic
  • Tutored the younger children of PFP
  • Offered English and math lessons to young kids unable to attend school
  • Cooked at Love Home
  • Helped with construction at a school
  • Pumped and carried water for an elderly neighbor

Navigating Uganda- transportation across the Country

Transportation in Uganda plays a crucial role in connecting diverse landscapes and fostering economic activities. With a mix of traditional and modern modes, the country navigates its vibrant terrains. While urban centers boast a growing network of roads, buses, and motorcycles, rural areas rely on more traditional means like bicycles and foot travel.

Challenges such as inadequate infrastructure and periodic road maintenance hurdles persist, but ongoing efforts are being made to enhance connectivity. The unique blend of transportation methods reflects Uganda’s rich cultural tapestry and the ongoing journey towards modernization.

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.

TThe Impact of Uganda’s Anti-Gay Laws on Agoa Benefits and US Relations

The United States continues to look for ways to put pressure on Uganda to reverse the harsh anti-gay laws put into place last year. Uganda and three other African countries have been removed as beneficiaries of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). Uganda will not longer have the ability to export certain commodities to the US duty-free.

In an October 2023 letter to the speaker of the US Congress expressing his intention to remove the four countries from the list of Agoa beneficiaries, Mr Biden said Uganda has “engaged in gross violations of internationally recognised human rights.”

The downside is that experts are warning Uganda’s expulsion from the deal could destroy thousands of jobs, cause a foreign-exchange earnings drought, and low utilisation of raw materials locally,.

Since the establishment of the Agoa legislation in 2000 to allow several African countries to export a number of commodities to the US duty-free, Uganda has been a significant beneficiary of the programme.

In the 12 months to June 2023, Uganda’s exports to the US under Agoa amounted to $8.2 million, about 11.5 percent of its total exports to the US in the same period, which totalled $70.7 million. (Data from the US Department of Commerce)

Over 80 percent of Uganda’s exports under Agoa were from the agricultural sector, which employs about 72 percent of the country’s workforce, indicating that the expulsion could have a significant hit on jobs.

Uganda could be readmitted into the programme if it shows commitment to meet the set criteria, which could mean scrapping its anti-gay law.

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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