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Current PFP news

May 2024

PFP’s 2023 Annual Report

Our annual report for 2023 is up and available for your viewing pleasure. It’s some pretty good reading. Please click the photo below to download the document!

13th Annual Anywhere in the World Raffle- WINNER!!

On April 24th, the winner for this year’s raffle was drawn. Ticket #1184! Congratulations to Steven M. We’re so excited for him and can’t wait to hear where he decides to go!! So many choices. Thanks to everyone who participated and once again made our most important fundraiser of the year a great success.

The 2024 Anywhere in the World Raffle Winner!

Student Highlight of the Month: Faima Nakato

Faima has been a part of PFP since 2014. We have watched her grow from a young girl with big dreams to a confident young woman who has reached her goal. She has always been a hard worker with a heart for others, and especially young children. Her dream has been to one day become a midwife and this year, she can confidently say that she has done it! Faima has completed her degree in nursing and midwifery, and we are sending her out into the world, well equipped to be successful in her own life and to make a difference in the lives of others. Her sponsor has been by her side since day one, and now we celebrate them both! Congratulations Faima and we wish you all the best!

Faima, all grown up and graduated in 2024

Faima in 2014

Trade School Programs

Although Peace for Paul (PFP) offers a University scholarship program, we acknowledge that trade school often presents a more suitable path for students with distinct interests and talents. We prioritize meeting each child at their individual academic level and aligning with their unique goals, interests, and aspirations. Our diverse array of programs caters to a wide spectrum of talents and inclinations, ranging from tailoring and electrical engineering to pharmacy and participation in government wildlife initiatives!

Sponsor Letter Packages– On their way to YOU!

Our team has been hard at work, putting together sponsor letter packages for our dear sponsors. Every child has written a letter to his or her sponsor, and we will be packaging those up along with their most recent school report and recent pics! Be on the lookout in your mailbox soon!

End of Term Exams 

The school year in Uganda is broken out into three terms. Term number one started in January and came to an end in April. For the first half of the month, the PFP students were hard at work studying for their exams. Each school has a slightly different time table, which allows for our caretakers, the “aunties and uncles” to make visits to check in on the students and wish them success prior to their exams!

Home for the Holidays

The first term of 2024 has come to an end and all of the PFP students are trickling home for the holidays. They’re busy studying, playing, and resting right now.. and lots of fun is planned for these kiddos as the holiday progresses, including a surprise visit from Directors, Heidi and Ellie! Stay tuned for updates!

How we Cook at Home

An Article written by AHU student, Tikol Joseph

Our Master Chef, Peter Oroma is in charge of creating the menu and overseeing staff at each home in regard to coking and serving a healthy and well balanced diet. Each day, both staff and children take turns preparing meals, following a well-structured menu. Assigned children rotate responsibilities in the kitchen, learning to cook various dishes throughout different days, especially during holidays. The cooking primarily revolves around breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the kitchen activities extend beyond meal times, encompassing cleaning utensils, tending to firewood, and maintaining kitchen cleanliness, creating a full-day cooking atmosphere. A designated nanny supervises the children in meal preparation, emphasizing the importance of culinary skills. Additionally, the nanny provides guidance on cooking special dishes. In the absence of the nanny, caretakers step in to assist the children in meal preparation. This systematic approach ensures that each child departs the home with the ability to prepare a simple meal independently.

Peter, serving up the amazing meal he made for the day

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.

Lydia Naigaga

Senior Probation Officer (Buikwe District) and PFP Management Committee Member

My name is Lydia Naigaga, and I serve as a senior probation officer in Buikwe District, where The Peace for Paul Foundation children’s homes are situated. Under my jurisdiction and supervision falls Peace for Paul, where I oversee operations. Holding a degree in social sciences from Makerere University, my focus has always been on family and child-related affairs.

I represent the government on PFP’s management committee. My responsibilities include interacting with both children and staff regularly, ensuring adherence to government policies regarding the welfare and security of PFP’s registered children. Additionally, I oversee compliance with the children’s home approval regulations and provide necessary court orders for children under institutional care.

I conduct training sessions for staff and parents on childcare and protection, emphasizing the importance of these aspects in the children’s lives. Furthermore, I actively follow up on children who have been reunited with their relatives, ensuring their well-being post-reintegration.

On behalf of the government, I commend Peace for Paul for their invaluable services to vulnerable children nationwide and their commitment to upholding home approval rules and regulations.

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, culminating 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! 

Waiswa and Kato celebrating with birthday treats in their village with friends

Happy Birthday to Our May 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

Letters from Sponsors

The kiddos LOVE getting letters from their sponsors. PFP students write letters to their sponsors two to three times per year and what a treat it is to get one back! We have loved seeing more sponsors get involved as the years have gone on. 

How We Work to Connect with a Child’s Long Lost Family Members

An Article Written by Administrator, Olivia Akutui

At The Peace for Paul Foundation, we value the importance of family bonds in a child’s development. We believe that allowing children to experience a family environment provides them with a sense of belonging and a strong connection to their roots, fostering their growth and well-being.

To ensure that every child under our care has the opportunity to thrive within a family setting, we prioritize the relative tracing process to reconnect them with their families. Our social work team diligently gathers information about each child, even if they initially come to us as vulnerable individuals with no family listed. They traverse different communities, relying on initial data collected upon the child’s arrival as a starting point. Additionally, our team collaborates with local leaders to trace the families of these children, leaving no stone unturned.

Once a suitable (and SAFE) family member is identified, we embark on the process of reuniting and reintegrating the child. This involves careful preparation of both the child and the identified family, a journey that typically spans around six months for successful completion. After the reunion, we continue to monitor the child closely, conducting weekly check-ins for the first year to assess for any necessary adjustments.

Through our meticulous tracing and reunification efforts, we strive to ensure that every child in our care finds their way back to a loving and supportive family environment, laying the foundation for a brighter future.

Kowa, Jackie and Kamari with their mother and sibling

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 April, we saw our students take on a variety of meaningful tasks within their communities, including:

  • Sensitization on the spread of TB and personal hygiene
  • Worked to unblock a trench after heavy rains to avoid flooding
  • Cleaned a local primary school
  • Taught students at a local nursery school
  • Provided free soccer coaching for a team in Masese slum
  • Cooked meals for a neighbor in need
  • Volunteered at a local Health Clinic
  • Assisted the “Littles” at Love Home to wash their clothing
  • Cleaned up rubbish in Masese to improve hygiene
  • Volunteered time cleaning and organizing a local health clinic
  • Tutored the younger children of PFP and others within the community
  • Offered English and math lessons to young kids unable to attend school
  • Cooked at Love Home
  • Helped with construction at a school
  • Washed a neighbors clothing
  • Provided encouraging talks and hygiene advice to children in Masese Slum

Featured below is William, digging his neighbors garden to prepare for planting, Priscilla, tutoring her young neighbor, and Bush giving hygiene advice to the younger children in Masese. 

News from Uganda

UK Sanctions Corrupt Politicians in Uganda

The United Kingdon has imposed sanctions on Ugandan politicians, including the Speaker of Parliament, following corruption charges for stealing from the poorest communities in Uganda.
The move marks the first time the UK has used the Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions regime on individuals involved in corruption in Uganda. The new sanctions are part of the UK’s continued effort to crack down on serious corruption around the world.

The three individuals, two of whom were previously ministers responsible for Uganda’s poorest region, Karamoja, and have been charged with corruption at Uganda’s Anti-Corruption Court, will be subject to travel bans and asset freezes.

The two ministers stole thousands of iron sheets used for roofing and infrastructure from a Ugandan government-funded project aimed at housing some of the most vulnerable communities in the region, providing them to prominent politicians and their families instead. The Speaker of the Parliament, Anita Annet Among, benefited from the proceeds.

Over 60% of people in Karamoja (the area where many of the PFP children come from) live in poverty and many suffer from the devastating impacts of drought and insecurity.

“The actions of these individuals, in taking aid from those who need it most, and keeping the proceeds, is corruption at its worst and has no place in society,” said UK Deputy Foreign Secretary, Andrew Mitchenll. “The Ugandan courts are rightly taking action to crack down on those politicians who seek to line their own pockets at their constituents’ expense.”

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. 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.

 

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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