Current Update

Current PFP news

October 2023

New Sponsors

This month, we have been able to match multiple children with sponsors. Finally, we are just about to a place where EVERY SINGLE child is fully sponsored!! We’re not there yet, but with many of our current students graduating, we believe we will be if all sponsors shift over to support a new child. Woohoo!! If you are interested in sponsorship, there are still a few opportunities available. Please feel free to reach out!

Our 2023 Graduates

We are so excited to report that finally, after 16 years in operation, we are just now starting to see our students graduate from their post secondary degree programs and head out into the world, equipped with the tools they need to become functioning members of Ugandan society. All of the hard work we have all put in together is now being realized and we could not be more proud. By the end of 2023, we will have 4 students graduating from their respective certificate or degree programs. And every year from now moving forward we expect another wave of graduates!  In 2023, we are looking forward to seeing the following students graduate: 

  1. Peter- Diploma in Hotel Operations and Management from Uganda Tourism and Hotel Institute
  2. Simon Peter- Bachelors in Social Work and Social Administration from Uganda Christian University
  3. Allan- Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the University of East Africa
  4. William- Certificate in Motor Vehicle Mechanics from Lugera Motor Vehicle Workshop

We are also very excited to report that one of our sponsors is traveling to Uganda to watch her sponsored student graduate!! We can’t wait to see how the trip goes and to all sponsors– obviously this is not a requirement, but it is always an option! For all the work the student has put in to graduate, we understand that the sponsor too, has made a commitment and deserves to share in the celebration! Just reach out if this is something that piques your interest.

William, Peter, Allan and SP

Facebook Birthday Fundraisers

In September, Madi and Makena (the daughters of the PFP Founder) hosted a birthday fundraiser and thanks to a generous last minute donor, reached their $1,000 goal!

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.

 

Tribes in Uganda and Within PFP

We currently have just over 200 children and young adults in our programs. It’s interesting to note 10 different tribes are represented amongst them. The majority of our children are from the Karamojong, Basoga and Baganda tribes. Other tribes represented include the Kumamu, Itesot, Bagwere, Bagisu, Langis, Banyankore and the Lugabaras.

There are over 50 tribes in Uganda and we are proud to have such a broad representation amongst our children. As we mentioned last month, there are over 70 languages spoken throughout the country. The common ground for our children in regards to communication is English and Luganda. 

Karamojong people in Northern Uganda

Keeping in Touch

The love between children and sponsors continues to warm our hearts. Look at these smiling faces! Thanks to all of the sponsors who took the time to write letters this month. It means so much!

Back to School

Almost every child has returned to school for the third and final term of the year! Only the youngest and most vulnerable PFP children remain at Love Home where they go to day school during the day time and come home to the loving arms of their PFP Aunties and Uncles in the evening. 

Mungu, Yasin, Nana and Suula at Love Home

Adam helping Esau to write during homework time

Peace for Paul, Community Children and Connections

The Peace for Paul Foundation frequently organizes trips to the soccer field, where our children participate in various physical activities such as football, netball, athletics, and high jump. These activities are designed to promote physical, mental, and social fitness among our children. Through these activities, they have the opportunity to mingle and interact with other children from the community who also use the same field. This not only benefits our children but also the community children who can utilize some of the play equipment that our staff and children bring to the field. Additionally, these interactions contribute to improved security in the neighborhood and the broader community, as friendships are formed.

Through sports and drama programs, the Peace for Paul Foundation has not only identified hidden talents among our children but also nurtured their growth. For example, Lobolei Alex and Waibi Emmanuel were scouted by a prominent soccer club in eastern Uganda due to their exceptional soccer skills displayed on the field. Friday has achieved recognition in various drama activities, even at the national level.

Furthermore, we extend our hospitality to neighborhood children, allowing them to play at our homes under the supervision of our aunties and uncles.

Malaria and Prevention 

Malaria continues to have a strong grip on Uganda. Recent reports suggest there are between 140,000 and 150,000 new cases of malaria every week. The third highest in the world! Malaria remains Uganda’s leading cause of death, especially in children. Close to 20,000 people died from it in 2021.

The best way to fight against malaria is still sleeping under insecticide-treated mosquito nets. Thanks to our awesome supporters we continue to buy these nets as needed so each of our children always has one on hand, whether at school or at home. 

Religion within PFP

The Peace for Paul Foundation is not a religious organization, but it is inclusive of all religions and their cultures among both children and workers. We have employees with diverse religious backgrounds, and the same diversity is reflected among the children, as we believe in the positive impact of freedom of religion on the lives of our staff and children. We understand that religion can shape the behavior and interactions of both employees and children, fostering values such as trust, respect, ethical behavior, honesty, accountability, and responsibility. While the most common religion among the workers at Peace for Paul is the Born-Again faith, among the children, we have Catholics, Anglicans, Born Again Christians, Muslims, and Seventh-day Adventists. Some children also believe in their traditional cultural religious beliefs.

Children are encouraged to practice their respective religions and cultures both at home and at school should they so choose. For example, financial support is provided for children during baptism to ensure they have the necessary requirements. For Muslim children, support is given during the fasting period of Ramadan. Additionally, for children whose churches are located some distance from their homes, like the Seventh-day Adventists, transportation assistance is provided to help them attend their services. In essence, there is freedom of worship for everyone within the Peace for Paul Foundation.

Celebrating Our Team: The “Staff Spotlight” Series

We recognize the immense contributions of our dedicated staff members in Uganda. Without their unwavering 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 incredible 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, 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.

Denis Emuron- PFP Photographer

My name is Emuron Denis, and I am thrilled to share my experience as the photographer for the Peace for Paul Foundation. Taking on the role of a photographer has been truly uplifting for me. It fills me with happiness when I capture the smiles of children while taking their photos for sponsors. This has made me develop a deep appreciation for my job, to the extent that I visit the communities where some of the children live and their schools to capture moments like their birthday celebrations, profile pictures, and various posed photos.

During my work as a photographer, I always strive to produce the best shots possible, especially those where the child is smiling. This is my top priority because it conveys a message that the photo was taken with genuine enthusiasm, gratitude, and a way to communicate to their sponsors that they are content with their current circumstances. You should know that I truly enjoy what I do, and it has become a part of who I am. Even when I wake up in the morning, I feel an innate desire to embark on a photoshoot to kickstart my day, and I take great pride in it. Long live the Peace for Paul Foundation!

Denis, taking pics at Love Home

Birthday Celebrations

Every month, we work hard to ensure that each child in our program experiences a sense of joy and significance on their birthday. We believe that everyone deserves to feel special on their special day. To make this happen, we have a series of celebrations planned throughout their birthday week, culminating in a grand celebration at the swimming pool during school holidays.

During their birthday week, our team organizes small celebrations to make each child feel cherished and loved. We also encourage sponsors to get involved by sending gifts or letters to their sponsored child, adding an extra touch of excitement and joy to the celebrations. 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. It has made for such a joyous time for the PFP children and we have loved watching it unfold and get better and better each year! 

Happy Birthday to Our October 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

Second Term Holiday Birthday Party!

The long awaited birthday party finally arrived during the September School holiday! All of the children whose birthdays fell between the months of June through September (there were 53!!) were included in the big party. Our team put together a swimming party, which ended with a special meal at Love home, complete with cake, music dancing and gifts! Many of the children received a letter and photos from their sponsors along with their gifts! It was such a special time!

Birthday kids with their birthday cake

Swimming party

Angel with her gift!

The AHU Program Encourages Students to Give Back

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

  • Washed clothes and tutored the young children at Love Home
  • Cleaned multiple local hospitals
  • Tutored children in the community
  • Picked up rubbish along the roadside
  • Cleaned up an elderly neighbors yard
  • Played with children at a children’s home
  • Taught community women tailoring skills
  • Organized a church for services
  • Taught English to children in a village and provided them with food and school supplies
  • Provided free labor at a construction site for a new nursery school
  • Packed and delivered food to street children
  • Offered lessons in hygiene and cleanliness to village people, and more! 

Peter, teaching English to village children

Each passing month brings with it a deeper sense of purpose and altruism for the AHU students. Rather than focusing on self-centered pursuits, these young men and women are learning to embrace a philosophy that centers around giving back and improving the lives of others. 

Eager to make a difference, the AHU students proactively seek out fresh avenues to contribute positively to society.  Each endeavor is an opportunity for them to lend a helping hand, extend kindness, and weave compassion into the fabric of the world around them. As they immerse themselves in the act of giving, the students find a unique sense of fulfillment that cannot be replicated elsewhere. Their experiences go beyond mere acts of charity; they become transformative life lessons that instill empathy, resilience, and humility.

This newfound lifestyle of giving back is empowering the PFP students to recognize the power of their gifts and talents. Each individual skill becomes a tool for good, a means to bring about positive change in the lives of others. Whether they possess artistic prowess, scientific acumen, or exceptional leadership skills, they channel these attributes to benefit those in need. Their journey is a testament to the profound influence that embracing a giving mindset can have on one’s life trajectory.

Empowering Families Through the Juniors Program

We believe that education is a powerful catalyst for change and we understand the challenges faced by families in our community who struggle to provide their children with consistent access to education due to poverty. That’s why we are proud to introduce the Juniors Program—a collaborative effort between parents and PFP—to support these families in sending their children to school.

The Juniors Program is designed to work hand-in-hand with families, empowering parents to take an active role in their children’s education. While the children live full-time with their families, financial constraints have hindered regular school attendance. We firmly believe in fostering a sense of pride and ownership within parents by supplementing their contributions to ensure their children can attend school through their own hard work and dedication.

Through this program, we aim to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational opportunities for children aged four to 18 years. Currently, we have 94 students who are benefiting from this transformative partnership between parents and PFP.

By partnering with families, we not only address the immediate financial barriers to education but also foster a sense of community and shared responsibility. We recognize that parents are the primary caregivers and educators in their children’s lives. Therefore, we work closely with them to develop sustainable solutions, ensuring that education becomes a shared goal and a source of pride for the entire family.

The Juniors Program is a testament to the collaborative spirit and unwavering commitment of our community. We are inspired by the resilience and determination of the families we work with, and we are honored to be part of their journey towards a better future. Together, we can make a difference. Through this partnership between parents and PFP, we are building a stronger, more educated community—one child at a time.

Family Sponsorship Opportunities

We are always looking for general sponsors to help our family thrive. As a general family sponsor, your support extends to every child under our care. Your commitment enables us to provide essential resources and opportunities that contribute to their holistic development. Through your generosity, you become a vital part of our extended family, empowering each child to reach their full potential.

We offer various sponsorship opportunities that cater to specific needs within our family. You can choose to be a Medical Family Sponsor, ensuring that our children receive the necessary medical care and support they require. Alternatively, you can become a Dental Family Sponsor, helping to promote their dental health and well-being. We also have the option of being a Mental Health Family Sponsor, prioritizing the emotional and mental well-being of our children.

Your sponsorship commitment can be tailored to fit your capacity, with options of $25, $50, or $100 per month. No matter the amount, your contribution makes a lasting impact on the lives of these deserving children, enabling them to thrive and break the cycle of poverty.

By becoming a sponsor, you join a community of compassionate individuals who share a common goal—to uplift and empower vulnerable children. 

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity: hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org

Join Our Team: Seeking Directors to Make a Meaningful Impact

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. 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.

If you have a passion for our cause and would like to support the work of PFP in a more meaningful way, we would love to chat with you. We believe that the best candidates are often those who already understand and embrace our mission and values, and who have a deep commitment to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children.

To explore this opportunity further, please reach out to us via the email provided below. We can have an initial conversation to discuss your interests, skills, and how they align with our organization’s needs. Together, we can determine if this role might be a good fit for you and if it offers the opportunity to make a significant and meaningful contribution.

Even if the Director position may not be the right fit for you at this time, we still encourage you to connect with us. We value every interaction and see it as an opportunity to build connections, exchange ideas, and collaborate in our mission to create a brighter future for 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

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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