Sacks of Socks from Bombas Socks

Great news from Liam Rice.  BOMBAS Socks just donated to The Giving Circle  TWO HUNDRED (200) pairs of socks for our upcoming trip.  Thanks so much, Bombas Socks .  And great job Liam.

So It Begins In Afghanistan

So It Begins In Afghanistan



I was most happy to wake to an email from Negina Yari of Afgans 4 Tomorrow who, along with Attal, are our partners in Afghanistan. These pictures are of the planning meeting for The Giving Circle Afghanistan’s project to construct a three classroom addition to the high school and to provide the students with new school supplies. This is happening thanks only to many of you!

Negina Yari, Attal, and Principle of Sahib (sir) Sheikh Yaseen School met yesterday, discussed the implementation of the project, the work plan, and the process to follow for the purchase of material.

Soon the walls will start to rise and with them HOPE will rise as well. The growing school will have three more rooms to accommodate the growing student body.

Nelson Mandela tells us that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. The Giving Circle is now part of that change in Afghanistan.

Great job leading this project, Reese Fulmer, and thank you to all who helped make this happen.

On to the next project for Afghanistan. More information can be found at .


TGCA Book Drive!

Thanks to the Saratoga Independent School for their book drive for our students to read and enjoy. They will be packed and soon on their way with us to our Ugandan home, family and projects. A bit over 2 weeks now we head with a team of over 30 volunteers!!

Tons of Tiny Dresses

A VERY special shout out to The Giving Circle‘s good friend Rachel Alexander O’Neill, founder of Little Dresses For Africa – World Headquarters.  We just received a full pallet of little dresses in all sizes, boys’ shorts and more for our upcoming trip.  There are going to be many happy boys and girls.

Thank you, Rachel, for what you have done for the children of all our projects and all the countless countries to which you bring little dresses and big smiles.


Nekesa Eva Talks of Her Gratitude

These are peoples who have made me who I am now. And I am very proud that they are a part of my life. I want to thank them all for the good they’ve done in my life. May God bless you with many more years.

Remember the Box at Fingerpaint for Undie Donations

Once again a special thank you to Fingerpaint Marketing for setting up a big box to collect new underwear and socks of all sizes for our Ugandan boys and girls from both our schools and villages. The box is located at Fingerpaint’s office on Broadway in Saratoga.

We will also (if room allows) be looking to bring supplies to the Mutai, who are residents of a MOST poor grouping of huts outside Kagoma Gate. You may remember that an outreach clinic we offered there this winter saved the lives of two old women (see some photos below).  The team will return to check on them both and bring some supplies such as dresses and shorts. And, if enough socks and underwear are donated, we hope to deliver some “sweeties” for the kids living there.

You can drop items off at Fingerpaint’s main desk for the next two weeks (that is until June 14th) Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. We’re hoping to collect new or VERY gently used underwear for all, but just NEW children’s underwear and socks of all sizes for boys and girls. These necessities are MOST needed and welcome.  

Oh, and did we say, “Thank you Fingerpaint and Bo Sig”?

TGC Thursday Outreach Dinner 5-24-18


Huge THANK YOU to Josee and family for the amazing street outreach dinner last week. What a treat…. homemade pasta, meatballs, sausage and sauce. Oh and of course chocolate chip cookies and coconut cake for dessert. Such a fun night!

Two Great Friends, Two Great Sources of Needed Clothing

Sending two very special “thanks” to two great friends of The Giving Circle.

The first goes out to our local friends at Fingerpaint on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. They’ve placed a bin in their office to collect new underwear and socks of all sizes for boys and girls. These will be distributed to our kids in our orphanage, both schools, and the villages in which we work. It would be great if you were to add to the bin’s contents by dropping off items at Fingerpaint’s main desk between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday for the next two weeks ( that is until June 14th). Thanks as always Fingerpaint and Bo Sig.

The second HUGE thank you is sent to the amazing Rachel Alexander O’Neill. Rachel is founder of Little Dresses for Africa ( They are sending us a pallet of dresses and shorts. As with the socks and undies collected at Fingerpaint, all these items will be distributed at our many sites, such as our schools, to many VERY happy and excited little ones.

We are and will always remain most grateful to Bo Sig and Rachel Alexander O’neill. We feel that same level of gratitude to all of you who make what we do possible.



The Giving Circle and the Capital Region Institute for Human Rights are partnering again to bring you the 2018 Teen Summer Symposium on Human Rights, a three-day workshop open to incoming high school freshmen through graduating seniors, who are interested in history, social justice, politics, and international relations. The goals of the Teen Summer Symposium are to provide participants with a deeper understanding of human rights history and humanitarian issues today and to inspire them to have a positive impact on the world.

We are very proud to be part of this event! Click here to register!

Dates and Times

Monday through Wednesday, July 9th-11th

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

NYSUT Headquarters

800 Troy-Schnectady Road, Latham, NY 12110.

Cost $125.00 includes: T-shirt, lunches, books and materials.  Scholarships are available.

Participants in the 2018 Teen Summer Symposium will have the opportunity to work with teachers and community leaders. They will hear from human rights experts and advocates. By participating in “hands-on” learning activities and discussions, enrollees will gain the knowledge, know-how, and network to help them make a difference.

Here are some of the topics we plan to cover:

  • Racial Justice
  • Environmental Justice
  • Women’s Rights
  • LGBT+ Rights
  • Farmworkers’ rights
  • Immigration
  • Civic Engagement
  • Fake News and Information Literacy