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Current PFP news

January 2024

 Happy New Year!

The Board of Directors of the Peace For Paul Foundation (PFP) wishes everyone a Happy New Year and best wishes for a fantastic year ahead. The past few years have been a challenge for all, but we cannot say enough about how grateful we are for the amazing support from our PFP family. We call it a family because that’s what it feels like to us. The encouragement and help we receive when needed never ceases to amaze us.  So THANK YOU!!We are looking towards the new year with excitement. Of course we realize it won’t be without challenges, but knowing we have an amazing group of supporters behind us allows us to proceed boldly and to continue to encourage the children of PFP to do the same.

In return for your trust and support, we will continue to carefully and thoughtfully spend every dollar we are entrusted with. As in the past, do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have throughout the year. Hearing from supporters and having a chance to talk with you is always a highlight for our executive. We wish you a safe and happy new year filled with hope and love.

Happy New Year!

 Family Ties

We, at The Peace for Paul Foundation strive to help the children of our program maintain family ties in a safe and healthy way. This Christmas season saw many of our students return to their homeland for a visit with family. Such heartwarming images resonate deeply with us, underscoring the significance of understanding one’s family, culture, and homeland in fostering the personal growth of each individual.

Gloria and her mom in Napa

Calls to Action

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!!

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

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!

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.

This month, one of our newer sponsors, Amy is hosting a birthday fundraiser for the kiddos of PFP. Thank you so much Amy!! We truly appreciate all you do. If anyone is interested, please head on over to her fundraiser page to make a donation in her honor!

Sponsorships Needed

We are currently in need of sponsorships for a total of 8 children. Sponsorship costs range from $50/month to $90 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

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

Annual Christmas Giving Fundraiser

2023 was another very successful year for our Christmas fundraiser! Nearly all sponsors were able to take part in contributing toward a gift for their sponsored child- and for those that weren’t there were enough extra donations to ensure that every single child was celebrated this year! 

In addition to the Christmas gifts for each child, many people donated extra toward one of our varied needs this year. People purchased food baskets for community members in need, school shoes for students within PFP, a new home music system, medical exams and eye exams! In all, we raised just over $31,000! Thank you so much to everyone who took part, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Babirye with her Christmas gift and sponsor letter

Receiving a gift of food on Christmas

Our 2023 Graduates

We are just so proud of our graduates this year. After 16 years in operation, we are starting to see our students successfully completing the program and exiting PFP with a degree under their belts, and hope for their own future. This month, Allan celebrated his graduation with a ceremony for his degree in electrical engineering, and Ajuna celebrated his graduation with a certificate in pharmacy. Ajuna is going to continue on to obtain a diploma (another 2 years) while Allan will be entering the workforce. Way to go, men! 

Our Ajuna

Allan with the Hope Home boys

Soccer Ball Delivery!

Makena, the 9-year-old daughter of PFP’s Founder is headed to Uganda this month, with close to 200 soccer balls. Thanks to her friends, soccer coaches, and friends of PFP, she didn’t have to buy a single one and she will be gifting the PFP students, her Ugandan coaches and kids across the community with new or almost new balls. Stay tuned for photos capturing the excitement of this special delivery!

Oil Pipeline to Come to Uganda

(An article written by AHU Student, Tikol Joseph)

Uganda is poised to become the next major African player in the oil-gas sector and there is hope that this will breathe new life into the economy and the job market for Ugandans. As of now, Uganda boasts 6.5 billion barrels of petroleum resources, with 1.4 billion barrels deemed recoverable, making a noteworthy contribution of 0.2% to the world’s petroleum reserves. Ongoing exploration activities suggest the possibility of additional discoveries.

The development of two key oil fields, namely Kingfisher and Tilenga, is currently underway in the Albertine Grabben region of Western Uganda. China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) is handling the Kingfisher field, while TotalEnergies is responsible for Tilenga.

Uganda is in the process of constructing one of the longest environmentally approved pipelines designed to transport crude oil to Tanga Port in Tanzania for subsequent export.

Anticipated in 2025, Uganda is poised to commence oil production for both export purposes and domestic consumption, marking a significant milestone in its petroleum sector.

Photo Cred: Yusuf Masaba

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.

Innocent Basakulu

Hope Home Caretaker and Social Worker

Hi, I’m Innocent Basakulu, and I work as a social worker at the Peace for Paul Foundation. My job involves more than just staying in one place; I have to go out into the communities to find and connect with children. I enjoy this work because it allows me to understand the people I meet, interact with them, and use the information they share to reunite families. It’s really rewarding to see children reconnecting with their families after being separated for a long time. Every child wishes for this, and I love being part of making it happen. The joy on their faces when they go back to their families is priceless. I’m passionate about my work, and these positive outcomes inspire me to keep doing my best.

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! 

Peter with his birthday letter

Apio and Achen with their birthday gifts and letter

Happy Birthday to Our January 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 have all returned home from school, and the long end of year holiday will last between 2-3 months.  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 will continue 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.

William, helping a junior’s child with writing a sponsor letter

Boys at Hope Home working on a holiday study package

Our counselor, Hildah, conducting a group counseling session

The girls at love Home learning how to weave hair

The boys at Love Home playing a board game

Daily Chores Around the House

During this holiday, like in the past holidays, all the girls and boys in the home (except baby Christine) were given tasks to do. These tasks were decided by Uncle Isaac, and they help all the kids learn and work together with the helpful staff. We plan the tasks based on the age and ability of each child, as well as the other holiday activities, meal times, and free time. If any girl is sick, weak, or unable to complete their tasks, the staff takes care of them, and other girls in the home can volunteer to help. This arrangement has created a team spirit, making a good environment for everyone. It encourages each girl to enjoy serving and learn new things, like taking turns in the kitchen with Aunt Rukiah to make delicious meals.

Mungu, Yasin, Nana and Suula at Love Home

Career Guidance Session 

Our Director of Education, Nathan Muyinda hosted a career guidance informational session with the children this holiday. He summarizes the key points of his program below: 

The career guidance program centers around the introduction of Uganda’s new curriculum and smart education, aimed at helping students navigate and excel in the evolving educational landscape. Dr. Nathan Muyinda and the team developed the “Smart education system,” an innovative approach fostering critical thinking and holistic development. The system, pioneered by Victoria Junior School, emphasizes preparing students for diverse roles, including employees, employers, spouses, parents, and innovators. The genesis of smart education lies in equipping children for all facets of life, encouraging focus, resilience, and the ability to draw lessons from weaknesses. The vision includes holistic preparation, fostering goal-oriented thinking, encouraging planning, promoting a diverse learning approach, and helping individuals identify their dream careers. The benefits encompass the promotion of creativity, lifelong learning, innovative thinking, financial literacy, and the instillation of personal values. Ultimately, smart education provides students with a comprehensive knowledge base, nurturing success in both academic and real-world settings while fostering a strong work ethic.

Nathan, leading the discussion

PFP students

Discussion

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:

  • Assisted the “Littles” at Love Home to wash their clothing
  • Cleaned up rubbish in Masese to improve hygiene
  • Helped the staff at Love Home with a deep clean
  • Volunteered at a community center to organize and clean the compound
  • 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 an elderly neighbor to split firewood
  • Helped a homeless man to construct a mud hut
  • Cooked food at Hope Home Dug a trench after a heavy rain to divert water from villagers homes
  • Helped with construction at a school
  • Pumped and carried water for an elderly neighbor
  • Dug a rubbish pit at Hope Home– and more!

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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