September 2020

Uganda Covid-19 Update

Uganda has now registered 2,972 total cases of Covid-19 (up from 1,176 cases in August, 829 cases in July, 317 cases in June and 62 cases in May) with 1,288 of those cases marked as recovered. There have been 32 reported deaths from Covid-19 in Uganda (up from 3 deaths in August).  

The government lockdown remains in effect, with all schools, churches and public gathering places closed. The students in candidate classes, who were previously supposed to return to school on June 3rd, are remaining home by government mandate until further notice. 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. 

PFP continues to support our children and their families from where they live, providing food, and medical support for not only the PFP children but many family members as well.

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

Apio and Aachen

PFP Junior, Karen and her family receiving the weekly food package from PFP

PFP Staff Rock!

We are so grateful to the PFP staff on the ground in Uganda. They give their heart and soul every day to ensure the safety, health and happiness of the children in their care. These unprecedented times have them working even harder and we could not make it without every single one of them. We are so blessed!

PFP Team at Love Home

Christine, Denis and Clare at Love Home

Welcome to the Team

We have invited Muyinda Nathan to join our Board of Directors team (officially) as the Education Director. He will serve PFP by acting as an active member on our Board and will offer mentoring and advice to our students as they progress through Secondary level to Post Secondary training and on to their careers. 

Plan for Education

In an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19, Uganda has closed all schools across the country. The most likely scenario is that all educational institutions will be closed through the end of the year. We continue to wait for further updates from President Musevini. 

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. When schools are opened up again, they will be ready!

Additionally, 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. More to come!

Community Outreach

The Peace for Paul Foundation has been regularly distributing bars of soap and packages of food to the children who have been placed with relatives in our community. It is our way of making sure that the children are well looked after and their families are able to maintain a high level of personal hygiene during the lockdown. 

Many families within our community also receive supplemental food from PFP as a way to support the entire family, not just the PFP child in their care. Many generous supporters continue to come together to make this a possibility. 

Ochola with his dad in Masese

Hanging at Home

With the government’s mandated countrywide quarantine, the PFP children have had lots of quality time at home with their brothers and sisters. Plenty of time spent together, building those connections. Charlie and Levy, two of our AHU recipients have been visiting and leading a weekly yoga and dance class for the kids at both Love and Hope Homes! 

Family Time

Schools across the country are closed due to Covid-19 and a country wide lockdown. Many of our children are spending the down time with families in their villages.  It has been a good opportunity to reconnect  and to learn about their culture. Many of the PFP children and young adults have been helping their families with small businesses, gardening and so on. 

Patience and Promise with family and friends

Tikol with the new bike he will use to progress his Cassava business in Northern Uganda

Michael and Apaita with their soccer team in Northern Uganda

Community Rescue

This month, we rescued two little girls. Both Nuru and Ketty were brought to live at Love Home with their sister Irene (a long time PFP member). They were living with their father in an extremely unsafe situation. We were asked to step in and offer refuge and gladly opened our home to the two. They are settling in well, and have plenty of love and support from their sister Irene and the other PFP family members as well. 

If you are interested in sponsorship, both children are in need of support. Please click the photos below to read their stories.

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

Irene with her sisters, Ketty and Nuru

Ketty

Nuru

Birthday Celebrations

We always take the time to make every child in our program feel special on their birthday. Each child receives a special gift and small celebration followed by a BIG birthday celebration for them together at the swimming pool during school holidays. The birthday celebration has been placed on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions, but we still take the time to celebrate the kids individually. 

Nana, Kiiza and Joel celebrating!

Happy Birthday to Our September Birthday Girls and Boys!

Welcome to the Family

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

Sponsor Love

With many of the the PFP children placed with family during this long holiday from school, many of our generous sponsors have seen an increased need for support for their child and family members. We have seen an unprecedented outpouring of love and support from sponsors. Thank you so much to everyone who has stepped up to offer extra love  during this extremely difficult time. 

Happy birthday to Nana from his sponsor! His sponsor family made sure to remember their guy on his birthday and sent a letter and treats for an extra celebration. So beautiful!

Nana with his birthday letter

Nana, celebrating his birthday with his PFP brothers at Hope Home

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: hope@peaceforpaulfoundation.org

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 our sustainability project, Nile River Farms, is continuing to do well. The goal is to grow our population to 90 pigs and sell 10 per month on a rotating schedule.  We now have 47 pigs and we are starting to see some nice sales!

This project is aimed at providing funds for PFP as well as education and work experience for the children in our independent 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 are living and working on the farm. They go for daily walks to collect grass and other food for the pigs to eat. Two pigs were sold in July and one sow is expecting a litter very soon. Pigs rock!!

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.

Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think:The Peace for Paul Foundation GuideStar Profile

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