July 2020

Uganda Covid-19 Update

Uganda has now registered 821 total cases of Covid-19 (up from 317 cases in June and 62 cases in May) with 731 of those cases marked as recovered. There have been 0 reported deaths from Covid-19 in Uganda.  They are testing at a rate of 3,737 tests per 1 million people (as compared to the US 92,590 tests per 1 million and Canada’s 66,734 tests per 1 million people). As the number of tests/1million people rises, so does the number of positive cases.

The government lockdown remains in effect, with all schools, churches and public gathering places closed. The students in candidate classes, who were previously supposed to return to school on June 3rd, are remaining home by government mandate until further notice. Public and private means of transport are being allowed, but with space restrictions. 

PFP continues to support our children and their families from where they live, providing food, and medical support for not only the PFP children but many family members as well.

We are so grateful to our community of supporters for enabling us to continue this important work, even in the most difficult of times.

Esau, washing his hands

Jackie with her family, receiving the week’s food gift

Annual Director Strategic Planning Session

In June, the PFP Director team got together for two full days of strategic planning. It had to be done via Zoom this year, instead of our usual in person meeting, but we got it done!  Our team of Ugandan and North American Board of Directors work so well together. We’re working through some difficult times right now with COVID of course, but excited for what’s next!!! 

Plan for Education

Candidates (those students in Primary 7, Senior 4 and Senior 6) were going to be released back to school on June 3, however due to a rising number of registered Covid-19 cases, school has been cancelled for them as well. The most likely scenario is that all schools will be closed through the end of the year. We continue to wait for further updates from President Musevini. 

PFP has been working with the various schools that our children attend to put together a holiday package that they can work on from home as we await for schools to reopen. Each of the children in the PFP programs has been equipped with a holiday notes package and the tools they need to stay on top of their work. When schools are opened up again, they will be ready!

Jackie, studying her notes package

Elvis, showing off his notes

Community Outreach

The Peace for Paul Foundation has been regularly distributing bars of soap and packages of food to the children who have been placed with relatives in our community. It is our way of making sure that the children are well looked after and their families are able to maintain a high level of personal hygiene during the lockdown. 

Many families within our community also receive supplemental food from PFP as a way to support the entire family, not just the PFP child in their care. Many generous supporters continue to come together to make this a possibility. 

Benita, receiving her weekly food package

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gladys has had a very difficult young life, held against her will and recently sold as a second wife to a man who was later arrested for his crimes against her. We were notified by the government and asked to provide safe refuge. We swooped Gladys up and are providing the loving support she needs to get back on her feet. PLEASE read her story and if you are inclined, please help us to help her.
Gladys-Needs one sponsor at $85/month

Home at last

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

Hanging at Home

With the government’s mandated countrywide quarantine, the PFP children have had lots of quality time at home with their brothers and sisters. Plenty of playing, washing, and just time spent together, building those connections. 

Ssenono, enjoying his days at home!

Lotukei and Sanyu

Sarah, leading an art project with the young girls (Apio, Achen and Nakayi)

Ssenono, Morgam and Adam

Family Time

Schools across the country are closed due to Covid-19 and a country wide lockdown. Many of our children are spending the down time with families in their villages.  It has been a good opportunity to reconnect with family and to learn about their culture. 

Viola and Kafero with their uncle

David with his cousins

Birthday Celebrations

We always take the time to make every child in our program feel special on their birthday. Each child receives a special gift and small celebration on their birthday followed by a BIG birthday celebration for them together at the swimming pool during school holidays. The birthday celebration has been placed on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions, but we still take the time to celebrate the kids individually. 

Ketra and Nakayi, celebrating their birthdays together!

Happy Birthday to Our July Birthday Girls and Boys!

Welcome to the Family

This month, we welcomed sponsors for Kafero, Allan, Gladys and Jonah into our PFP family. We are so grateful for have such a loving and supportive group of people behind us! Welcome to the family!!

Allan, saying hi to his new sponsor!

Looking Ahead

Many of the young adults in our program are taking this down time to advance their business skills and are looking for ways to make it in Uganda once they exit the PFP program. This month we will highlight our man, Friday! Friday used his savings to invest in a chapati/rolex stand. He and a few good friends constructed the stand and he is off to a great start already! 

Construction underway

Getting closer…

Friday, cooking

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

The PFP Junior Program

The Juniors Program works with the families of children in the PFP community to help them be able to attend school.These children all live full time with their families but poverty has prevented them from attending school regularly. The ages range from four years to sixteen years of age and we currently have 63 students who are benefiting from this partnership. Two of these students are in Secondary school and 7 are sitting for National Exams this year so they may join secondary school in 2021.  We are so proud of these hardworking students and their motivation to succeed!

PFP Junior enrollment

This month we welcomed two children into the PFP Junior Program. Both Jonah and Timothy are the sons to our good friend Dr Mufumba, who passed away in October 2018. We made a promise to help see his children through school and we intend to keep our word. Jonah has found his sponsor, but we are still looking for one for Timothy at $35/month. Please click the pic below to learn more!

Timothy and Jonah

Love from Sponsors

The PFP kids LOVE to receive letters from their sponsor families! Juma was so happy to get this surprise in the mail! 

Juma with a letter from his sponsor

Nile River Farms

Situated on three acres of land near the Nile River our sustainability project, Nile River Farms, is continuing to do well. We tripled the capacity of the piggery last year. We now have 49 pigs and we are starting to see some nice sales!

This project is aimed at providing funds for PFP as well as education and work experience for the children in our independent program. We are striving to show the children in our program that with a little hard work, they can provide what they need for themselves and their families from within Uganda.

We have two full time staff on the farm and while school is out two of our elder PFP boys are living and working on the farm. They go for daily walks to collect grass and other food for the pigs to eat. 

During the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2019/2020, the piggery suffered some set backs, including a complete shut down of operations which once supplied pig feeds. Luckily PFP was able to improvise and grow our own pig food, search for food along the river banks, and has now secured a consistent food source from a restaurant in town. Three pigs were sold in June and one sow is expecting a litter next month. Pigs rock!

The Bulungi Beads Store

We are pleased to announce that Bulungi Beads now has a store on our website! The Bulungi Beads 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. The handcrafted paper 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. Click HERE to view our shop! 

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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