January 2018

 

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 are being 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. 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!

Welcome Home For The Holidays

All of the PFP children are home for the holidays. During this long two month holiday, everyone gets two months to rest and relax. While there will be plenty of time off from studies, PFP works hard to keep all of the children busy. This holiday the calendars will include:

  • 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 Speaker
  • And more!

   

Our Scholars

As usual, we are so proud of all of the PFP children, but a select few were nominated by their peers to hold special titles at school. We would love to recognize these students here:

Victoria Leaders
  • Esther–Head Girl
  • Lydia–Environmental Prefect/Religious Prefect
  • Alyat–Information Prefect/Games and Sports Prefect
  • Viola-Head of Dormitory
  • Lillian–Dormitory Monitor
  • Sabrina–Class Monitor
  • Fatuma–Class Monitor
  • Lojore–Class Monitor/Dormitory Prefect
  • Josephine–Class Monitor
  • Regina–Class Monitor
  • Gloria–Health Prefect
  • Brenda–Environmental Prefect
  • Natulei–Office Prefect
  • Ilukol—-Class Monitor
  • Samuel–Class Monitor
  • Angella–Class Monitor
  • Lotte–Sports Prefect
  • Alex–Assistant Captain of Games and Sports

Mwiri and JICO leaders 
  • Arthur–Class Counselor
  • Michael–Assistant Head of House/Sports Prefect
  • Ajuna–Captain of Tennis Club/Head of House
  • Bosco–Secretary of Agriculture Club/House Prefect/International Coordinator/Wildlife Club Captian
  • Allan–Treasurer of Agriculture Club/Speaker of Wildlife Club/VP of Mpala Club
  • Mark–Captain of Volleyball Team/VP of Agriculture Club
  • Paul–House Captain
  • Friday–Secretary of House Captains
  • SP–Secretary of House Heads/Captain of House
  • Tikol–Head Prefect

Birthdays

Thanks to our birthday party sponsor, all of the December babies were celebrated this month. Happy birthday to Mark, Waibi, Priscilla, Agnes, Lillian, Juliet, Longoli and Fatuma!

Family Day

As with every holiday, PFP hosted a family day at Love Home. We strive to keep family relationships intact, even if the relatives are unable to care for their children. Family Day is a time for relatives of the PFP children to come and visit, share a meal, and spend time together. The PFP children each provided their relatives with a Christmas gift basket (containing food for the family) as well. It was a wonderful day and everyone enjoyed the time spent together.

 

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. A good time for all!

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 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.

During the month of December, the transition group prepared their budget and went shopping for all necessary items to start out on their own. In January, Simon Peter, Allan, Michael, Agnes and Lotukei will be heading out to their new homes. 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

The work training program has started off this holiday with a bang! Dependent on level of engagement and interest, between 1-3 days per week, PFP children age 16 and up have the opportunity to gain valuable skills working on the PFP farm with our farm manager Moses.  They have been working on building up the perimeter fence, mulching, composting, weeding and transplanting. All of the children work hard and enjoy their time on the farm, but Paul, Friday, Agnes and Lotukei have shown a great aptitude for farming. Moses the farm manager has commended them for a job well done. We are so proud of our young men and women!

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 and avocados.

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 eggplant.

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 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 Josephine, Mirembe, Kirabo and Babirye into the PFP Junior Program. Thanks to their new sponsors, all four little girls will have the opportunity to start school for the first time in February. Thank you so much for Cassandra, Breazy and Canyon for making this new future a reality for all of these precious children! Click on the photos below to view their website profile page!

PFP Junior Sponsors Needed

There are now 30 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 fulfill their dreams!

Patricia is looking for a sponsor and hopes to be able to start school in February this year!

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

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.

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

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 January 25th at 7:30 pm. We would love to see you!

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: 30
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!

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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