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June 2024

 A Few Special Visitors

Co-Founders, Heidi and Ellie spent a few weeks in Uganda in May/June (Heidi is still there). Ellie brought her family and everyone hit the ground running. There were hugs, tears of joy (as Auntie Ellie hadn’t been home to Uganda in nearly 6 years!), and so much good time spent. We hosted a Kindness Day, a birthday party and conducted research on our pending sustainability project. See below for some fun photos! 

Welcome home dinner with the OBs and OGs

Heidi, Ellie and family with PFP family in Masese

Student Highlight of the Month: Ajuna Emmanuel

Ajuna Emmanuel is one of our pioneer kids, who joined Peace for Paul at the age of 10 in 2011 while he was in primary school. He excelled in his primary education, progressing to secondary school where he achieved 42 aggregates. After completing his secondary education in Senior Four, Ajuna decided to pursue his passion for medicine. He enrolled in a two-year certificate program in pharmacology at St. Elizabeth Nursing School. His enthusiasm for the field led him to continue his studies with a three-year diploma in pharmacology at the Indian Institute of Health Sciences in Kampala, where he is currently enrolled.

Ajuna’s goal is to become the best pharmacologist in the country, and he is working diligently towards this ambition. With the support of his sponsor, he is fully motivated and making the most of the opportunities available to him. Ajuna has been selected as one of the top students from his school to travel to India for a six-week internship, an experience he believes will greatly enhance his CV and broaden his exposure. Additionally, Ajuna plans to volunteer with Peace for Paul to ensure the children in the junior program receive proper healthcare and treatment.

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Kindness Day

This holiday’s Kindness day was sponsored jointly by Ellie/Family and our friends at ‘Wildly Kind’. The PFP staff and children, along with the US visitors prepared gift bags filled with clothing, shoes and soccer balls. PFP students who live in Masese, identified 15 children from Masese slum to take part, while other PFP students worked at home to prepare a meal and make “kindness cards” for our friends. The crew arrived at 3:30 and we welcomed them with smiles, hugs and games. Afterward we served a massive dinner and when everyone’s bellies were full we served the gifts and shared words of kindness and hope. We then headed out to play at a local soccer turf until the wee hours of the night. Everyone was returned home happy, safe and satisfied! What a wonderful way to spend a day!

This Holiday’s Birthday Party

Thanks to the sponsors of each child and a few very special extra donors, the holiday birthday party was a massive success. This term, we were able to invite every single PFP child, not just the birthday celebrants, to join in the celebration. We all went to the swimming pool, taking turns due to the large number of invitees, and then gathered at Peace Home for a specially prepared meal by our head chef, nannies, and AHU volunteers. There was dancing, singing, performances, gift-giving, and finally, the presentation of the cake. The special birthday cake, handmade by our chef Peter, made the birthday celebrants’ day unforgettable. We all had an incredible time. What a special moment for everyone!

Birthday celebrants, cutting the cake

Girls at the swimming pool

PFP kiddos and visitors, enjoying the specially prepared meal

Sponsor Letter Packages

The letters that you receive in the mail, come to you through a long journey. Each of the PFP students takes plenty of time and puts a lot of thought into the letters that they write to their sponsor. This month, PFP’s Founder, who is visiting Uganda, will return home with a large bundle of these letters. Once back, Heidi will organize the letters, pairing them with a new photo and the latest school report for each child. This process of transporting, organizing, and packaging requires considerable time and effort, but in about a month and a half, these letter packages will be on their way to you, our sponsors. We hope you enjoy these packages, filled with love and sent all the way from Uganda!

Isaac, guiding Kafero with his sponsor letter

Favorite Games to Play at Home

The children in our homes are avid players of various games. We offer a wide range of activities, including chess, Scrabble, volleyball, snakes and ladders, soccer, and netball for the girls. Soccer is the top choice, followed by chess and Scrabble for the boys. For the girls, soccer is also the favorite, followed by netball. The games played depend on the season and the children’s moods. Boys especially prefer soccer, which is the most common activity they engage in. On rainy days, soccer becomes an inclusive game, enjoyed by both uncles and children, and it’s even more entertaining and fun. During these moments, soccer becomes more enjoyable than ever for the boys. Girls sometimes play netball, but often join the boys for soccer. Thus, soccer remains the children’s favorite game, despite the variety of other games available.

Back to School

After a few weeks resting (and playing) at home, the PFP student are all starting to head back to school. Ellie’s family escorted the Victoria Junior students to school while Heidi escorted a few of the littles to their varied schools. PFP staff made sure everyone else made it safely and settled in well. Here’s to another great term of learning and growth!

David, John Bosco, Mark and Moses, headed off to Secondary School

Kiiza, Yasin, Fresher, Kafero, Elijah, Kemi, Musa and yasin, off to Victoria Junior

Internships

Many of our students are now attending tertiary institutions, opening doors to various internship opportunities. This month, Tikol began an internship with Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. He will be posted in Western Uganda for a period of two months. He will be gaining valuable, hands on experience in the field of Petroleum engineering.  Lydia is gaining valuable experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park, working alongside rangers to develop the skills needed to become a successful Wildlife Biologist. Exciting news came in this month: Ajuna will be traveling to India in July for a six-week practical program at Maharaj University, where he will acquire skills that will  benefit his future career. This hands-on experience is truly priceless!

Tikol with his fellow students, working in the field

Lydia, out in the National park

PFP’s Staff Education Benefit

We love seeing our staff and their families thrive! One of the most valued benefits for PFP staff is having school fees paid for one child per staff member. This allows families to use their extra income for personal growth while their child excels academically. It also makes higher-level education accessible, which is often out of reach for many Ugandans. Below, you’ll see Moses and Olivia with their daughter Michelle. Thanks to this benefit, Michelle is attending a highly ranked boarding school, setting her up for a bright future.

Family Matters

PFP understands the importance of family ties, and while reunification can sometimes be challenging, we believe it is worth the effort. In most cases, relationships can be mended, safety ensured, and a child can reintegrate into their family and village. Living at home with relatives, rather than in a group home, offers numerous benefits, including better preparation for life after PFP. Many orphanages and group homes across Africa produce individuals who struggle to reintegrate into society and lack essential life skills if reunification and family reintegration are not prioritized. At PFP, we help our students maintain these crucial family ties while ensuring their safety. When there are safety or health concerns, our children’s homes and staff are ready to step in. We have seen hundreds of success stories to date and look forward to many more!

Sharif and Sanyu with their mother at home

The Ugandan Education System

An Article written by AHU student, Tikol Joseph

Uganda’s education system, modeled after the UK’s due to colonial influence, has three main divisions: Primary, Secondary (O’ Level and A’ Level), and Tertiary (universities and trade schools).

Primary education lasts seven years, culminating in national exams that determine secondary school placement. Students learn the basics of Math, Science, Social Studies, and English.

Secondary education is more intense. In O’ Level (four years), students study various subjects but take national exams in 10. Successful students move to A’ Level (two years), where they focus on three major subjects and two subsidiaries, preparing for the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) exams. This stage defines their university course majors or trade school paths.

Tertiary education focuses on professional training in universities or trade schools. It varies in length depending on diploma or bachelor’s programs, with diplomas being shorter and cheaper. Further education after a bachelor’s degree enhances job competence and earning potential.

In summary, a student with good grades typically spends 18 years in the education system for sciences and 16 years for humanities, assuming no class repetitions.

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.

Oroma Peter

Lead Chef

My name is Oroma Peter, and I am a member of the Peace for Paul Foundation staff, serving as a Chef at the boys’ wing, Hope Home. I hold a Diploma in Tourism and Hotel Management from Uganda Hotel and Tourism Institute, Jinja Branch.

My role spans from the kitchen to hospitality, allowing me to contribute wherever needed to maintain order and organization. I assist with cooking, housekeeping, and treating the boys at Hope Home and guests with well-organized snacks, main courses, and desserts. I also play a key role in major celebrations, such as recent birthday events and special occasions, where I lead the Kitchen department to ensure everything, from drinks to main courses, is served promptly and efficiently.

I take great pride in my work and view food as my artistic calling.

Peter, hard at work

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! 

A few of the May celebrants- Ajuna, Samuel, Malingat, Jacob, Geoffrey, Igulu, Badiru, Fresher and Asha

Happy Birthday to Our June 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 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 Faraji, tutoring students in Masese, Favor talking with local children and encouraging them to stay strong and move forward, and Sylvia, Chipa and Irene cleaning up a slum area

News from Uganda

Beekeeping in Uganda

Beekeeping is thriving in Uganda, with the country producing between 100,000 and 200,000 metric tons of honey annually, according to the Uganda Investment Authority. The growing demand suggests significant potential for further expansion.

Despite successes in the area, challenges remain. The Uganda Investment Authority highlights the need to boost production volumes and protect the declining bee population.

Out of a 37.5 million population, Uganda has over 1.2 million beekeepers across the country. Many of them are small local producers, but it is a viable business for some and holds lots of promise.

Besides regular honey production, bee keepers are also producing beeswax, medicinal products, and honey-based beauty items. The European market has a demand for Ugandan honey so ways are being sought to increase production. Perhaps one of our kiddos will find this interesting. With how many children we have, we would buy a LOT of honey.

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. 

In May, our supporter William dedicated his birthday to PFP and hosted a very successful Facebook fundraiser– thank you William!!

William’s sponsored student Lotukei, leading the charge on writing a birthday note!

PFP kiddos, including Lotukei, wishing William a happy birthday!

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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