Lotukei and Tikol are off to University
Lotuke and Tikol have been a part of the PFP family for well over 10 years and we have been so proud to walk alongside them as they grew from small children to now young, successful adults. This month, they received the results from their National Exams after completing high school. These two high performers crushed it!!! They both scored top marks, which were definitely high enough that we will be exploring their University options. Both are formulating their proposals now for discussion with the Board of Directors and we can NOT wait to hear what they are dreaming of. Stay tuned for updates!!
Ramping up the AHU Program
Our AHU recipients have gotten much more involved this month and have committed to giving back to PFP a minimum 20 hours per week. They want to contribute in a big way and are so proud of their contributions. This month, Levy continued to expand on the wall art project, while Charlie picked up his photography project and started dance lessons at the homes again. Next month, the two will be acting as mentors for the PFP Juniors children in the surrounding community. We love our University AHU recipients! Such a beautiful partnership.
Charlie, leading a dance class at Love Home
Countrywide Lockdown Continues
Amidst a 2nd wave of Covid, which is hitting the country harder than the first wave did, the entire country of Uganda continues in a state of lockdown. Churches and schools remain closed though some learning institutions are offering online learning opportunities. Sadly, many Ugandans do not have access to the electronic devices or enough money to pay for internet to make this a reality. Students in medical degree programs have been allowed to return to school as there is a countrywide shortage of nurses amid the rising need due to the pandemic. The President’s very stringent lockdown measures, while working to curb the spread of covid, have hit the country hard. Many families are finding it difficult to feed their children or provide basic necessities as most are out of work and the price of food has skyrocketed. PFP has secured cameras for our desktop computers so the children may attend classes on Zoom. When notes are available from the schools, we purchase those to utilize as well. Sponsor dollars are being stretched to accommodate the skyrocketing cost of tutoring, zoom lessons, and electronic infrastructure needed to effectively learn. Additionally, we are supplying food and medical care costs for our children, staff and families in the community.
Providing food to the local village
As the countrywide closures of educational institutions has continued, PFP strives to not only keep the elder children of PFP busy, but also to teach them a sense of ownership and responsibility within their own lives. All PFP young adults, aged 17 and above are expected to work during this long holiday. The young adults of PFP have put their skills to use in a variety of ways. Tikol, Bosco and Ayaki are tutoring the younger kids of PFP, Michael is developing and managing the cardiovascular fitness and yoga program, while the rest have found jobs in the local villages and in town. Proud parents over here! Way to go Family!
Mental Health Matters
PFP understands the importance of mental health and as such we have hired a full time mental health therapist. Hildah spends all day, 5 days per week working with the children of PFP. We are more grateful for her than ever as the country continues under a state of lockdown and children are feeling the weight of being out of school for well over a year.
Some of our elder PFP children have stepped up to mentor the younger children as well. We find that this is so beneficial for all involved as the younger kids can identify with the elder kids more as they have gone through similar struggles. The elder kids show them that hope is there and success can be just around the corner. Win!
PFP Juniors Family Outreach
As families continue to struggle with providing food for their children due to the continued lockdown measures across Uganda, this month we found it necessary to step in. PFP utilized funds from our very generous donors to provide extra food baskets for all of the families of the 74 children in this program. We recruited the children and young adults in the main PFP program to help with organization and distribution. What a day!
Keeping the Kids Busy at Home
We continue to do our best to keep spirits and hopes high within the homes. While the children are not currently able to attend school or go on outings, we try to make home a fun place to be. With these kids, it isn’t that hard to do!
At Home Tutoring
In addition to hiring in home teachers, hosting online Zoom lessons, and holiday lesson packages, PFP is lucky enough to have tutors from within our own student pool. One of our highest achieving students, Tikol is keeping himself busy full time (40+ hours per week) by tutoring the Senior level students in math, chemistry and physics. Bosco and Ayaki are tutoring the primary level students. The hope is that when the PFP children are welcomed back to the classroom, they will be on track and ready to rock.
Welcome to the Family
This month three children found their sponsor families. Cheggem, Lomilo and Mary are so excited for new connections, new friends and continued hope.
Happy, happy birthday to September birthday celebrants! 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 gift and has a small 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 will always take the time to celebrate each person 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!
Happy Birthday to Our September Birthday Girls and Boys!
The daughters of PFP’s Founder, Heidi Kaltur, each have a birthday in September. Madi will be turning 11 and Makena will be turning 7. The girls have decided to dedicate their birthdays to PFP this year and are well on their way to their $1,500 goal. Please consider donating if you haven’t already! You can find the fundraiser on our Facebook page, at this link: www.facebook.com/donate/125690563035678
Many of our supporters have “donated” their birthdays to PFP by hosting a birthday fundraiser through Facebook. It is so easy to do and Facebook fundraisers take ZERO administrative fees! We hope you will consider including PFP for your next birthday!
Gifts from Sponsors
Baby Mary and her young mom Flavia are two very loved individuals. This month, a generous donor sent money to purchase a whole new wardrobe for both mom and Baby. Following the shopping trip, Flavia was asked to invite her favorite friends on a very special outing to hang out, eat as much good food as possible and have FUN! What a grand time!
Have you ever wondered if you can send gifts or a letter for your child on a special occasion (or for no reason at all)? You can! Just reach out to us at email@example.com and let us know what you would like to do for your child. We will make all of the arrangements!
The PFP Junior Program
The Juniors Program works with families in our community so parents may be able to send their children to school. These children live full time with their families but for them, poverty has prevented the children from attending school regularly. This program is a partnership between parents and PFP to supplement on what they are able to contribute so parents my take pride in being able to send their children to school through their own hard work. The ages of children in this program range from four years to eighteen years of age and we currently have 74 students who are benefiting from this partnership.
Family Sponsorship Opportunities
We are always looking for general sponsors to help our family thrive. 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.
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Director (on the Board) Needed
We are looking to add a new Director or two to our board and what better place to look than from within our team of awesome supporters. We are always looking for ways to improve and would love to find someone with a background in Microfinance, child development or child psychology. If you would like to support the work of PFP in a more meaningful way, we’d love to chat. Please reach out via the email below and we can go from there to determine if it might be a good fit. At the very least…. we’ll have a great conversation and a chance to connect.Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this opportunity: email@example.com
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