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Current PFP news

November 2020

11th Annual Anywhere in the World Raffle

It’s almost that time of year again! Beginning this month, PFP Directors and Members will be 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, tickets can be booked for up to TWO YEARS from date of drawing! The drawing will be held March 30th, 2021 at La Provence in Lake Oswego, Oregon (you do not need to be present to win). This is the one major fundraiser that we rely on in order to keep our programs running smoothly. We hope you will take part!

Christmas Packages

We are offering sponsors of the PFP children an opportunity to put together a care package for their child. Each package will cost $75 and will include:

  • One set of Christmas clothes
  • One pair of shoes
  • Nightwear
  • Knickers/underwear and socks
  • A book
  • Special gift
By donating $75, the Christmas gift package can be purchased from within Uganda and will not only put a smile on your child’s face, but will help to support the local economy. We will be sending out personal emails to each sponsor in the coming weeks in preparation for this gift giving bonanza!

Esau with last year’s Christmas gift

Sponsorship Opportunity

Kafero was left an orphan when he was just two-years-old, after the death of both of his parents. An uncle took Kafero in, but he was an elderly man with a disability that prevented him from being able to work regularly. 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 often went 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 begged for help from The Peace for Paul Foundation. Kafero was brought home to The Peace for Paul Foundation family in August, 2017. Kafero now attends a highly ranked private boarding school and is excelling in all of his classes. When not studying, he enjoys playing sports, doing puzzles and playing with his friends. 

In 2018, Kafero’s eldest sister came forward after obtaining a job and reported she wanted to offer a home and family to Kafero.  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.

Kafero-Needs one sponsor at $65/month

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity:

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:

Uganda Covid-19 Update

Uganda has now registered 11,040 total cases of Covid-19 (up from 6,879 cases in October). There have been 98 reported deaths from Covid-19 in Uganda (up from 69 deaths in October). The population of Uganda is 42.7 million.

Government mandated restriction 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. 

On October 15th, the Ugandan government opened up schools for candidate classes (Students in Primary 7 and Senior 4 level). These students are required to write national exams at the end of this year and so extra attention is being given. 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. 

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

Harriet, Jacob and Rebecca with their bars of soap and weekly food package

Rachel with Hope Home boys

Candidate Classes Go Back To School

On October 15th, the Ugandan government opened up schools for candidate classes (Students in Primary 7 or Senior 4 level). Covid precautions are in effect (wearing of masks required while in school, prevention of leaving campus for home and restriction of visitors) however school has resumed for those students in Primary 7 and Senior 4. This means 14 of the students in the PFP main program and 14 children in the PFP Juniors program were allowed to return to school. (We have a total of xxxx in our program.)

Primary 7 candidates at Victoria Junior School return to school

Lillian returning to school

Plan for Education

We continue to place an emphasis on education for ALL PFP children. This includes both those in candidate classes who are back at school and those children still not allowed to return. Working hand in hand with Nathan, our Director of Education, we have built an extensive library for all PFP children to access. 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. The library is available to children living in our homes as well as those spending the holiday time with their family in the village. 

Director of Education (Nathan) with the Love Home girls showing off some of the new books

Additionally, 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. 

We 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. 

Study time at Hope Home

Study time at Love Home

Community Outreach

Through the generosity of our amazing PFP team, we have been blessed to be able to continue to support the families of PFP children in our community. The Uganda team continues to regularly distribute bars of soap, packages of food, clothing, and home supplies to the children who have been placed with relatives in our community. We also continue to step in to provide medical support when necessary. 

Jacob, Harriet and Rebecca receiving their weekly food package to share with their Jaja (Grand mum)

Geoffrey with his baby niece at their uncle’s home

Hanging at Home

While 28 of the PFP children have been allowed to return to school this month, the majority are still at home while the country remains on a strict lockdown. Movement outside of the homes is limited and so we have been working hard to make home a fun and educational place to be. 

In addition to the new library and tutoring lessons, we have stocked up on games, puzzles, books, blocks and balls for the kids to play with. Our team has also started sewing/knitting lessons for the kids as well as other home economics skills training. Our older A Hand Up recipients come weekly to provide dance and yoga classes as well as lessons in photography and painting.  

The kids at home are becoming excellent chefs and learning from our nannies and each other. Everyone is doing their best to make the most out of this time at home. 

Hope Home boys with their new board games!

Charlie teaching photography lessons to the girls at Love Home

Love Home girls with their new games!

Ketra and Ketty at Love Home

Resettlement and Foster Care 

PFP has been blessed with an incredibly supportive network of supporters and extended family in Uganda. When resettlement with a child’s blood relatives is not possible or safe, and when the child is not able to stay in one of our children’s homes because they are now too old, we strive to find a family in the community who will step in and offer a loving home for the PFP child. Rose Mufumba (our good friend, the late Dr. Mufumba’s wife) has opened her home to now four PFP children and young adults. This month, she welcomed both Brenda and Gloria home as a part of her family. The girls each have a mother in Northern Uganda but the home life proved unsafe for the girls and so Rose has stepped in to become another mother-type figure for them. We are forever grateful for the generosity of this amazing woman we feel so lucky to call family. 

Rose, with Gloria, Brenda, Baby Michelle and Olivia

Welcome Rachel (our Mental Health Specialist)!

We are excited to welome Rachel to our team this month. We have searched long and hard for the perfect person to fill their very important role within the PFP family.

Rachel comes to us with years of experience as a mental health therapist with a focus on single mothers and children living in underprivileged communities. She is responsible for the social welfare of all students at St. Eliza Nursing School where she also serves as the Dean of Students.

Rachel has a passion for helping children to see their true potential and to work through issues from their past which may be holding them back. Her greatest wish is to empower the children in her charge so they may become the best version of themselves.

Rachel with Hope Home boys

Birthday Celebrations

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 small gift and 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! 

Nuru, Ketty and Otiang celebrating their birthdays together

Happy Birthday to Our October Birthday Girls and Boys!

Welcome to the Family

This month, we welcomed a new sponsor for Nuru into our PFP family. We are so grateful for have such a loving and supportive group of people behind us! Welcome to the family!!

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 68 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!

Faima, Mariana and Muzeyi

Nile River Farms

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 now have 45 pigs and five of the sows are currently expecting with piglets expected in November-December 2020. 

This 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.

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

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.

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