11th Annual Anywhere in the World Raffle
4 weeks left!!! PFP Members and Directors are selling raffle tickets for $20 each with a chance to win two round trip tickets to ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, ON ANY AIRLINE. There are only 2,000 total tickets sold and due to COVID restrictions and our desire to ensure the winner can use their tickets, winner can book their trip for up to TWO YEARS from date of drawing! The drawing will be held LIVE via Facebook video (you do not need to be present to win). This is one of two major fundraisers that we rely on in order to keep our programs running smoothly. We hope you will take part! Check out the raffle info here.
Welcome to the Family!
This month, we welcomed 6 new children to the PFP programs and full sponsorship through the end of 2021 for all of them!The first child to come home this month was Julius. He has joined our main (full) program and we are so pleased to offer a home, hope and love to this sweet young man. Please see his story by clicking on his photo below:
We have also welcomed five new children to our Juniors program this month. Gift, Shanitah, Lucky, Luuka and Samuel have all had their 2021 school fees covered by generous donors in our Directors Facebook birthday fundraisers. What a huge success.. and what a way to celebrate!
.. and finally, we would like to welcome our new sponsors for Mungu to the PFP family! We have been looking for the right fit for quite some time and in February, were finally able to match him up!. Thank you so much to everyone!
We are still looking for a sponsor for our sweet Kafero. At this time we are just looking for someone to commit to picking up the sponsorship by the end of the year as we have had a generous supporter come forward to cover his costs through the year. Could his sponsor be YOU? See his story below:
Kafero’s parents died and he was left an orphan when he was just 2 years old. An uncle took him in, but he is an elderly man with a disability that prevented him from obtaining employment. Kafero worked hard to help his uncle earn a small income by quarrying rocks or cleaning houses for neighbors. Before joining the PFP program, Kafero had never attended school and slept on the floor of a mud hut with his uncle. He had no bedding and when it would rain, he was often soaked through. Kafero would regularly go days without food and had no hope of attending school. His uncle was worried that the next step for Kafero would be street life and he asked for help from The Peace for Paul Foundation. Kafero was brought home to The Peace for Paul Foundation family in August of 2017. He joined his sister Viola, who has been a part of the PFP family since 2015. Kafero now attends a highly ranked private boarding school and is excelling in all of his classes. When not studying, he also enjoys playing sports, doing puzzles and playing with his friends.
In 2018, Kafero’s eldest sister came forward after obtaining a job and reported that she wanted to offer a home and family to Kafero and his sister Viola. PFP continues to support Kafero with education and medical related expenses, but during school holidays he lives at home with his elder sister, who loves him very much. The PFP social worker continues to make home visits and to follow up to ensure his safety and well being. Kafero enjoys spending time with his family and is grateful for all of the love that surrounds him.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity: email@example.com
Welcome and a Meet and Greet!
Palma joined our little family last month, and as she lives full time with her mother she had not yet had a chance to meet many of the other PFP children. Palma’s sponsor wanted to do something very special for her as a welcome gift and so all of the younger girls at Love Home were called for a welcome party! We provided cake, sodas, lunch and a swimming party! On her way home, Palma was surprised with her greatest wish–a new bike! Welcome to the family, Palma!
Family Sponsorship Opportunities
We are always looking for general sponsors to help our family thrive. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director (on the Board) Needed
We’re looking to add a new Director or two to our board and what better place to look than from within our team of awesome supporters. We are always looking for ways to improve and would love to find someone with a background in Microfinance, child development or child psychology. If you think this could be you and you would like to support the work of PFP in a more meaningful way, we’d love to chat. Please reach out via the email below and we can go from there to determine if it might be a good fit. At the very least…. we’ll have a great conversation and a chance to connect.Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity: email@example.com
Uganda Covid-19 Update
Uganda has now registered 40,335 cases of Covid-19 (up from 39,188 cases in February). There have been 334 reported deaths from Covid-19 in Uganda (up from 318 deaths in February. The population of Uganda is 46.7 million. Uganda has dropped to #103 on the list of 220 countries and territories affected by Covid-19.
Government mandated restrictions remain in effect, with churches and public gathering places closed. Public and private means of transport are being allowed, but with space restrictions. The evening curfew has been extended to allow people to move outside of their homes up until 9 pm.
The Ugandan government continues a staggered approach for welcoming students back to the classroom. All students Primary 5 and above are back at school (As of March 1st), including University and trade school students. For the rest of the children still not allowed to return to school, PFP continues to support them and their families from where they live, providing food, and medical support. There is hope that all students will be able to return to school in April.
We are so grateful to our community of supporters for enabling us to continue this important work, even in the most difficult of times.
Back To School
All students, in levels Primary 6-7, Senior 1-6 and University or Trade school are back to work! The government is coordinating a staggered return in order to minimize the number of students on campus at one time, but there is forward momentum! We are still awaiting official word on our Primary 1- Primary 5 students but are keeping them busy in the meantime.
Education continues at Home
We continue to place an emphasis on education for ALL PFP children. This includes both those who are back at school and those children still not allowed to return. The PFP children, both those living within our walls and out in the community, continue to benefit from the school books library. The library consists of educational materials, revision books, and all the necessary tools to stay on track and remain ready for a full return to school.
We continue to provide “school” from home, and have hired two tutors that each spend four hours per day, five days per week teaching the students at Love and Hope Homes. One tutor focus on learning for nursery through Primary 3 levels and the second tutor focuses on learning for Primary 4 to primary 7 levels. We are working with the families in our community to ensure that the children who have been placed with family are not left behind.
Planning is underway with the Director of Victoria Junior School to employ teachers from the school who will come to our homes and conduct class from our homes. No PFP child will be left behind!
Happy, happy birthday to our special ones! We always do our best to make sure every child in PFP gets a chance to feel special on their birthday. Each child receives a gift and small celebration followed by a BIG birthday celebration all together at the swimming pool during school holidays. The group birthday celebration has been placed on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we still take the time to celebrate the kids individually. Many sponsors get involved by sending gifts to their child as well. These children deserve to feel special on their day and we always do our best to make it so!
Happy Birthday to Our March Birthday Girls and Boys!
Keeping Busy at Home
While many of the elder PFP children have been allowed to return to school this month, all children in Primary 5 and below are still at home while the country remains on a moderate quarantine. Movement outside of the homes is limited and so we have been working hard to make home a fun and educational place to be. We continue to offer tailoring lessons at Love Home (courtesy of Promise’s mother), knitting lessons (courtesy of our caretaker Clare), dance classes at Hope Home (courtesy of Levy and Charlie, our AHU recipients) and painting lessons at both homes (courtesy of Levy).
We are always looking for ways to keep the children busy and active while they are at home. Thanks to our generous donors, we have been able to purchase bicycles for each home so the children can go out on socially distanced physical education outings. Every other month, we have started renting an entire pool for the PFP children to use while they get some exercise and SMILES! Additionally, one very generous donor funded the construction of a basketball hoop for the boys and girls at Hope Home.This month, we added a brand new swing set at both Love and Hope Homes. All hands were on deck to get that thing in as quickly as possible!
Thanks to the donors in our annual Christmas fundraiser, every child in the PFP program received a brand new mosquito net! Many family members received a net as well. We will continue to fight the good fight against mosquitos and malaria– and teach positive, lifelong habits to the children in our care.
We have Water!
Let the water flow!! A beautiful sight in Uganda! The wells are complete. Both Hope and Love Homes now have their own water source. Thanks so much to the donors in our Christmas fundraiser! Look how awesome this is!!! We no longer have to rely on the water available from outside sources.
Mural Work and Art Lessons
The mural work on our Love Home perimeter wall continues to grow! We absolutely adore our AHU recipient, Levy. He is currently working towards a Master’s degree and he dreams of becoming a professional artist and a lecturer at University. While Levy does receive support from PFP he also gives a LOT back in return. His projects for us include painting murals on our exterior fence walls, providing art work for the homes and teaching dance lessons to our children. He is incredibly patient with them and an excellent mentor. (Love how Alyat and Lillian are helping him to refresh one of the older murals while he works on a new one.) Everybody wins!!.
The ‘A Hand Up’ Program aims to empower vulnerable young adults in our community. The goal is to enable them to become functioning members of society and to continue the cycle of giving and hope. Recipients of this scholarship are vulnerable young men and women who are determined, hard working, skilled and who have a desire to give back. The recipients will not be receiving a hand out–rather they will receive a hand up. AHU will provide financial assistance and mentoring to hard working adults and will provide a means to help them improve their own lives by allowing them to complete their education, learn a trade or start a business. Applicants will be expected to continue the cycle of giving in their own community.
Nile River Farms
February has seen more growth for the farm. A number of both piglets and growers have been sold for income enough to support operations and our pig numbers continue to grow. We now have a total of 75 pigs on the farm and anticipate that number to grow while we continue a steady stream of sales.
Situated on three acres of land near the Nile River is our Nile River Farms. The goal is to grow our population to 90 pigs and sell 10 per month on a rotating schedule. We have planted a large section of the farm with maize, which will be used to supplement the pig feeds and ensure our animals are eating very well.
This Farm project is aimed at providing funds for PFP as well as education and work experience for the children in our independent living 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.
The PFP Junior Program
The Juniors Program works with the families of children in the PFP community to help them be able to send their children to 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 71 students who are benefiting from this partnership. Five of these students are in Secondary school and 11 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!
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