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July 2024

Student Highlight of the Month: Ichumar Simon Peter

Ichumar Simon Peter (SP) joined The Peace for Paul Foundation when he was 16 years old. He attended Busoga College Mwiri, where he completed his ordinary level of education, scoring 36 aggregates and earning Division II in 2017. This achievement allowed him to proceed to the advanced level of education at Jinja College. In 2019, Ichumar scored 9 points and obtained all three principal passes. Meeting the cut-off points set by PFP, he qualified for university admission.

In 2021, SP joined Uganda Christian University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration, which he completed in 2023. His academic success has been attributed to his resilient personality and dedication, enabling him to overcome challenges and excel in his studies.

SP is passionate about working with and helping the community. He aims to aid community development by advocating for fair treatment, guiding in problem identification, and providing solutions. With a degree in social work, SP has acquired knowledge applicable to various fields, making him a well-rounded graduate capable of serving the community in multiple capacities.

After graduation, SP was hired to work with the Peace for Paul Foundation, where he continues to contribute to community development and support.

Simon Peter with Olivia and Moses, preparing to walk at his graduation ceremony

A glimpse into life in Uganda and within PFP

Garbage, how do we dispose of it?

At the Peace for Paul homes, hygiene and cleanliness are our top priorities, just like in any well-organized place. We take it upon ourselves to raise children in a clean and tidy environment. They are taught the importance of proper garbage disposal, including how to dispose of it, where to keep the garbage bins, and more, to improve public health, sanitation, environmental protection, and sustainability.

We use bins for garbage collection, where waste is sorted into specific categories such as sharp objects, food materials, medical waste, and general rubbish. These bins are placed in designated areas within the compound. The children help by sweeping the compound, picking up rubbish, and mopping the house under the supervision and guidance of the caretakers and maintenance personnel.

After the garbage is collected in the bins for one to two days, it is picked up by a garbage collector and disposed of at a designated site provided by the Municipal Council for a small monthly fee. This process ensures that Peace for Paul homes remain tidy, with good sanitation and a safe environment for all children to play and grow.

Our Team: The “Staff Spotlight” Series

We recognize the contributions of our dedicated staff members in Uganda. Without their 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 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 or support 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.

Emagu Peter

Head Maintenance Person

Introducing Peter, our dedicated maintenance manager at the Peace for Paul Foundation. He ensures that our homes are always in top shape and functioning well for our children.

My name is Peter, and I am a maintenance manager with the Peace for Paul Foundation.  I work concurrently with the Maintenance office under the supervision of the projects manager. Right now, we are working on both new projects and ensuring that existing ones are in optimal condition for our beneficiaries. Recently, several projects have been ongoing. We are making sure everything is in good shape and ready for use. Some of these projects include demolishing the former latrine, painting the main block, fixing necessary electrical appliances, setting up an outdoor latrine, and planting grass in its compound. Additionally, we are carrying out renovations on the homes.

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, ending with 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! 

Happy Birthday to Our July 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 Joy of Connection

Many of our sponsors and PFP students really enjoy exchanging letters and we find that the bond between them is deepened in this way. PFP tries to make it easy for everyone by allowing for digital letters to be sent and then printed out in Uganda within days. For the kids, getting a letter is a moment of joy and excitement, filled with encouraging words and stories from abroad that inspire them. These letters show the children that someone really cares about them and their future. Sponsors also find joy in reading letters from the kids, seeing their growth, achievements, and gratitude. This simple act of writing back and forth creates a strong sense of community and makes the sponsorship experience special for everyone involved.

Moses’ New Smile

This month has been life-changing for Moses, one of the children at the Peace for Paul Foundation. Since childhood, Moses has been missing his two front teeth, which made him feel embarrassed and often led him to avoid smiling or engaging with others. However, thanks to the generous support from his sponsor, Moses was able to undergo dental work and get two new front teeth.

The transformation has been incredible. Moses now smiles with confidence and joy, no longer feeling the need to hide his teeth. This new smile has not only improved his self-esteem but has also encouraged him to interact more openly with his friends and the community. We are deeply grateful to his sponsor for making this positive change possible in Moses’ life.

Back to School Again! 

As the new school term begins, Peace for Paul Foundation students are excitedly settling back into their routines, ready to work hard toward their futures. The classrooms are buzzing with energy and determination as each child focuses on their studies, aiming for success.

To ensure our students’ well-being and connection, PFP staff make regular visits on weekends. These visits are a time for the staff to check in, provide support, and ensure the children are happy and thriving. Seeing the students’ smiles and hearing their stories of school achievements reinforces the strong bond within our community.

Here’s to a productive and joyful term ahead for all our dedicated students!

Otiang, Promise, Teddy and Atim

Musa, Kato and yasin

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 May, we saw our students take on a variety of meaningful tasks within their communities. 

Featured below is Bush, assisting neighborhood children to collect water, Michael helping with compound cleanup and Angela demolishing and moving the playground from one home to another. 

News from Uganda

Uganda’s Population Jump

A recent census in Uganda reveals that the country’s population has increased (over the past 10 years) by 11.3 million from 34.6 million to 45.9 million persons in the past 10 years. By comparison, Uganda is about the same size of Oregon which has a population of 4.5 million people.

Despite the growing population the average household is slowly shrinking. The decline is being linked to improved social services, especially education and health. As people become more educated, they postpone the age at which they start having children (In 1991, the population growth rate was at 3.2 per cent, dropping to 2.9 per cent in 2024.)

This newest census continues to show what a young country Uganda is. Children between the ages of 0-17 make up 50.5 per cent of the population and youth between the ages of 18-30 make up 22.7 percent. People over 60 make up just 5.0 percent of the population.

The National Planning Authority in Uganda is expected to use the data collected in the census to create a model for development plans, identify national strategic priorities, match development programs, and determine the best way to distribute resources across the country to promote long-term poverty alleviation, socioeconomic change, and development programs.

Population growth

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 $175 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. We currently have 17 children in need of sponsorship. Two of these amazing kiddos are highlighted below. 

Click the photo below to learn more about each child!

Kisakye Umaru (Primary Junior)- $50/month

Olupot Paul (University Program)- $90/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

Join Our Team!

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

Facebook Fundraisers

Birthday Fundraisers

We love Facebook Birthday fundraisers! 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. Your continued support makes 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. 

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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