September 2017

Welcome to the family

Joel

This month, we welcomed home Joel, the long lost brother to one of our eldest boys, Simon Peter. Joel had been orphaned when he was only 2 months old and was staying with an auntie in Moroto. Simon Peter knew Joel’s life was tough, but Simon Peter’s was as well. He always planned to come back for Joel when he could, and the opportunity finally presented itself this month. When SP traveled to Moroto to look for him, he found Joel very sick, after being abandoned by the auntie. He had been left with a village mate and was not being looked after. He had a jigger infestation in his feet and was sick with malaria, typhoid, syphillis and a skin infection which had turned into a systemic infection. Simon Peter had the opportunity to rescue his brother and to bring him home to safety. He is now a part of the PFP family and will never be alone again. We are so proud to play a part in this young man’s life and we cannot wait to see who he becomes.

Kafero

Kafero is the youngest brother to one of our eldest children, Viola. He was orphaned when he was just 2 years old and has been staying with an uncle since that time. The uncle is an elderly man with a disability that has prevented him from obtaining employment. Kafero has worked hard to help his uncle earn a small income by quarrying rocks or cleaning houses of neighbors. He has never attended school and slept on the floor of a mud hut. He had no bedding and when it would rain, he was often soaked through. Kafero often went days without food, he often fell sick and had no hope for a future. 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 this month to join our family and his sister Viola. Another bonus–he met his new sponsor Tara while she was in Uganda on a delegation trip this month. We are so excited to watch this relationship bloom and to watch this sweet boy thrive.

Abraham

This sweet little guy is four years old and has been an orphan since he was just one year. His mother was murdered in Masese by the co-wife to her husband. After her death, Abraham’s father ran away and has not been seen since. Abraham was living with his grandmother, but she is elderly and is not able to work. She has 11 grandchildren living with her and while she does her best, she is not able to feed, clothe or send any of the children to school. Abraham was often left alone sleeping on the porch of his mud hut while the grandmother roamed town, looking for food. The neighbors were worried that he was at great risk for being abducted as he was often left to fend for himself. When Abraham fell sick (which was reportedly often), the grandmother could not afford to take him to the clinic and so he was treated using local herbs that she was able to find. Abraham’s grandmother begged for help from the PFP Foundation, and, as luck would have it, we were able to bring him home to safety this month. We have space in our new children’s home and Abraham has already found a sponsor. August delegate Emma Tarpey was there to scoop him up and make sure he will have a safe and loving home for the rest of his childhood. We are honored to play a part in this young man’s life and cannot wait to see what he becomes.

Sponsors Needed

Friday (Click photo below to be re-routed to his profile page)

ONE $50/month secondary sponsor needed

Have you ever wanted to get involved with PFP as a sponsor? Currently, Friday–one of the most charismatic, funny, driven, kind, loving souls you will ever meet, needs a sponsor.

Friday has been a part of our program since the first month we started operating. He came to us as a 7 year old little boy who spent his days begging on the streets. He has transformed over the last ten years to an absolutely amazing 17 year old young man who has the biggest heart you will ever find. He says that his dream is to become successful so that in the future he can take care of street children the way we took care of him.

He just started secondary school and we are so proud of him! If you have it in your heart to take on his sponsorship, you will not be disappointed. Of all the children in our program, Friday may be the one who craves a relationship most. His sponsor letters are often pages long and he loves with his whole heart.

Joel (Click photo below to be re-routed to his profile page)

ONE $125/month or TWO $65/month sponsors needed

Joel just joined our program this month. He comes to us after years of being bounced from one place to another. His life had hit rock bottom when his aunt abandoned him and he was left to the mercy of village people. When he was found by his eldest brother in Moroto (a current PFP child), he was very sick and was in urgent need of help. His brother, Simon Peter, brought him home and now he’s safe, but he needs a sponsor! Could it be you?

August Delegation

PFP Directors Lisa and Heidi hosted another Social Mission Delegation this month. We undertook a variety of projects both within PFP and in the local community. What an exciting trip it was!

Hospital Handout

The Social Mission Delegation Group visited two local hospitals to deliver Mama Kits to expecting Moms. When a woman goes into the hospital to deliver, she’s expected to bring her own supplies – plastic gloves, thread, razor blade, etc. On top of the essentials we added in extra goodies including a basin, mosquito net and baby blanket. Such a wonderful day meeting these women.

Playgrounds

PFP staff, children and delegates all worked hard over the course of two days to build two separate playgrounds. One for the Love Home children and another at Njeru Primary school. So awesome! Thanks to everyone who helped fund-raise for this very special project.

Staff Training

PFP Member and August delegate Maureen Created a 6 month staff training program and brought the lessons to Uganda to introduce them herself! The training focused on leadership development for the Ugandan staff of Peace for Paul. Not only was the training incredibly informative but it was oh so fun, as well!

Baptism in the Nile River

During the August trip, delegates had the opportunity to coordinate and attend a baptism in the Nile River for six of our PFP children who were ready to be baptized as well as a group from the local church. What an experience!

Birthdays

Thanks to our birthday sponsor, the children had yet another festive day to celebrate the birthdays of everyone whose special day falls between the months of June and August. We took the entire family swimming at Brisk Hotel and then finished the day with dinner, music and dancing at Love Home. The birthday children each got to open their gifts and you wouldn’t believe the smiles. What a day!

 

Backpacks

Every year, sponsors are given an opportunity to put together a gift for their PFP child. Receiving their “backpacks” may be their favorite part of the year. For many, it’s a way to feel close to their sponsor and for sponsors to feel close to them. Now that we have so many children and getting the bags there is a bit challenging, the boys and girls alternate years to receive their gifts. This year, it was the boys turn, and my oh my were they happy! A big shout out to all of the sponsors who worked to hard to make this day special for them.

Love Home

There are now 20 beautiful children living and thriving in Love Home. Delegates transported gifts from each of the children’s sponsors to welcome them to our family. Look at these smiles!

School Leaders

Mwiri Secondary School

Bosco, Ajuna, Michael, Tikol, Mark and Allan have worked hard to earn positions as Heads of House, Presidents of Agriculture and Wildlife Club as well as Head Prefect of all of Mwiri (Tikol). Way to go boys!!

Victoria Primary School

We are so proud of our school leaders at Victoria Primary. These children worked hard to earn the posts of Prefects, Club Leaders and even Head Girl of the whole school (Esther). Congratulations to Lydia, Viola, Lillian, Esther, Lotte, Alyat, Samuel, Angela, Priscilla, Robin, Sabrina, Josephine, Ilukol, Kiiza and Lojore!

Nile River Farms

The permaculture farm project is moving along nicely. The crops we planted in May have been transplanted out of the nursery and are doing well. We are preparing to harvest the dodo, eggplant, lettuce and butternut squash this month and will be selling to the four local restaurants we have secured verbal contracts with (Java House, The Deli, The Black Lantern, Nile River Camp and Nile River Explorers).

18 and older transition age children have begun working on the farm and are learning all about farming in a controlled environment while also learning work ethic and how to earn and budget their own money. It’s exciting to be able to welcome our very own PFP elder children onto the farm!

What is the PFP Junior Program?

The PFP Junior Program allows us to help a larger number of needy Ugandan children obtain an education. The children who benefit from this program live in our neighborhood, however their parents or guardians are unable to afford the full amount of school fees, uniforms and school supplies which is often more than a family may earn in a month. Because these children have families to look after them, they will not be living in our homes. Rather, they will live with their families and be sponsored through PFP for educational support. This program is designed to be a helping hand to parents who care for their child but need support to ensure their child can obtain an education and have a positive future. The parents contribute a small portion of school fees to keep them involved and empowered to educate their children instead of depending solely on handouts. This program allows an education to be attainable for so many children and their families. In addition, we are saving and planning for the much higher costs of secondary school for the students.

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and someone who believes in them.”

Click HERE to sign up to sponsor a PFP Junior child or contact us at hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.

PFP Junior Sponsors Needed

There are now 25 children in the PFP Junior program! We are looking for sponsors for two children at this time.  For only $35 per month, you could sponsor a child through the PFP Junior Program and help a very deserving little person fulfill their dreams!

Meddy (Click photo below to be re-routed to his profile page)

ONE $35/month sponsor needed

Meddy’s mother was just 14 years old when she gave birth to him and his father passed away in the same month Meddy was born. His mother had to drop out of school to care for him and she has not been able to obtain employment, so there is no money for him to attend school or even to buy food at times. Meddy and his mom are living with Meddy’s grandmother in a small mud hut.  His mom helps the grandmother sell tea on the side of the road to earn a small income.  With sponsorship through the PFP Juniors Program, Meddy will have a chance at a bright future.

Rahim (Click photo below to be re-routed to his profile page)

ONE $35/month sponsor needed

Rahim lives with his aunt Amina, whom he calls mom as she is the only mother he has ever known. His mother died when Rahim was three months old so he has no recollection of her.   His dad is believed to be alive but has never been a part of Rahim’s life. After his mother’s death, Rahim’s father left him with his grandmother and never returned. Amina came to rescue the child shortly after, but her living conditions are not any better. She cares for four children in a small one-room mud hut and is lucky to earn a dollar a day, but they often go with little or no food. Amina has never told Rahim of his biological mother’s death and she treats him as her own child. She feels that him attending school regularly will be so good for him to have hope for his future.

Family Sponsorship Opportunities

We are 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.

Just click HERE to sign up to become a family sponsor!
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity. hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org

 Bulungi Beads

We had the pleasure of meeting the ladies behind Bulungi Beads during the delegation trip to Uganda in August. They work so hard to create these beautiful pieces. Have a look and support Ana and Fatuma! ❤️

The shop features beautiful Ugandan jewelry handmade by women working hard in the slums of Masese and by the young women who reside in Peace for Paul’s Peace Home for girls in Uganda.

100% of the proceeds will be sent back to these women and children to help pay for food, clothing, school tuition and supplies. We thank you so much for your contribution to this cause. Click here to view our shop!

New Members Needed

We are continually looking to expand our Peace for Paul team and need people with skills and time to share with this great cause!

Here is a short description of what a PFP Member is:

Peace for Paul is managed by its Board of Directors. There is also a Member pool, which is where people like you–who show an interest, can get their feet wet and see if becoming a Director is something you would like to pursue. We look for people who have a love for the PFP mission and its children and for people who have knowledge and skills to offer which would help PFP grow. As a member, you are invited to (though not required to) attend our monthly Director meetings (via Skype). You are asked to help with our two annual fundraisers (by selling tickets for the raffle, or helping to collect items for the auction). You are also offered the chance to join our various committees if you have an interest in any of them and have a skill that could contribute to its growth. Our current committees are: Sustainability, Education, Social Mission and Fundraising. It is also ideal, if as a member, you take on a specific project. The idea being that you really can dig in and get involved. You could come up with your own project–something you think PFP could benefit from. We would leave that with you!

Please contact us at: hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org if you would like to join our team!

GuideStar Gold Level Participant

The Peace for Paul Foundation recently earned the Gold GuideStar Nonprofit Profile participation level! 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 Gold 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

FOLLOW US
Facebooktwitterinstagram

SHARE THIS
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail