Good News For Our Ugandan Schools

A VERY BIG Smile on our faces. We’ll have more about what this means as the full implications unfold.

Soroptimists Honor The Giving Circle

The Soroptimists of Saratoga expressed gratitude to Mark Bertrand of The Giving Circle for speaking to the club about the many services the Giving Circle provides in Africa, Afghanistan, and locally. Soroptimist Saratoga is proud to have contributed funds over a number of years to help with maternity care, medical aid, and educational services.
Mark commented, “I was honored to speak at the Soroptimist International of Saratoga County last night. I was able to thank them for all their support to The Giving Circle. Thank you to all the sisters of the Soroptimist for the invitation and for all they do to help not only us but also so many others who serve our brothers and sisters in need.
They ended their meeting with a quote I just must share.” (See the quote in the picture below.)

Hammer Time – Getting to It

Hammer 🔨 time. So proud every time. The Giving Circle sends out help to a family who really need it. Dad was disabled by a stoke and the garage wasn’t ready for winter. So many compassionate people showed up to help.
Margaret Mead tells us, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”.
For proof, see the pictures. The first is of our on-site supervisor.

Need a new sponsor: Gift Kabukaire

Gift recently lost her sponsor and we are looking for someone to welcome her into your family so she can continue her schooling.

Gift leaves with her grandparent who are struggling so hard to reach her the basics of life. She is a source of comfort to the lonely aging grand.  She loves helping in domestic choires and during her free time she is found of carrying toy babies on her back the commonly feminine trait.

The gift of sponsorship will brighten her chances of advancing her studies.

Click here if you are interested!


“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” … Desmond Tutu

ITS HAMMER TIME, remember next weekend 5th – 6th is a local project work weekend. Lets help this family in need!

Our work weekends are GREAT. Each is a fun time that changes a family’s life, and yours 😉

For more info email Ron at

Party With A Purpose!

Greetings one and all!

We are looking forward to our annual fall gathering to share updates on the Midwife Project, enjoy a meal together, meet new people, and to be reminded of the true impact your support has made to so many.

“Listening causes connections and connections create empathy and empathy allows for change that matters and is real.” This is a quote from Melinda Gates regarding how to begin to solve big world problems on a local level. It also is the foundation of TGCA and the Midwife Project. We are Elizabeth’s listeners. She, in turn, listens to the needs of those she serves, building trust and connections as the primary healthcare professional for hundreds in Kagoma Gate and surrounding villages.

We are happy to report that our funds this year have supplied a second salary for a much-needed nurse and the supplies their increased patient load requires. We were also able to fund and distribute over 60 birthing kits that Elizabeth requested.

We will continue to listen. As Melinda Gates also said, “we are all drops in the bucket and when we provide what is needed, and not what we want to give, the bucket can fill with drops that create lasting powerful change.”

Our goal this year is to widen the circle. We would love to welcome new friends to our Midwife Project family, so spread the word. Looking forward to seeing you and celebrating our success together.


WHERE: Home of Caren Baker
608 Route 29
(SW corner, Route 29 and Middleline Road)
Middle Grove, NY 12850

PARTY: 3 Course Meal with wine and dessert bar

PURPOSE: To serve the health and birthing needs of the Ugandan people living in Kagoma Gate and outlying villages.

100% of your contribution will go directly to the nurse-midwife’s salary and needed supplies.

501-3c tax-deductible

Limited seating
Seats will be reserved with payment
Please RSVP by October 18

Checks can be made payable to The Giving Circle, Inc. with Midwife Project written in the memo line.
Please mail checks to Hope Neikirk, 4 Laury Lane, Scotia, NY 12302

To pay via PayPal:

Midwife Project, Donor

please write MIDWIFE DINNER in comment section

Sustaining members: one dinner is included in your $100 annual contribution.
Those wishing to be sustaining member may send a check to Hope or pay via PayPal:

Eva’s Shoes

Our young Ugandan daughter is building a career as a aesthetician and stylist. She’s a stunning young woman who is an excellent model of her skills.
Besides all that, she’s building a side business with some very pretty shoes. Pictures are below. Don’t you love them??!! Eva says, “Call me on 0703807492 for any you want please.”

Big News of Our Busoga School

In June, 1993 we first decided to make Busoga Junior School a TGC school. It had been founded by Moses and Cecilia. Still, with no support, it had become one of the poorest schools. When we first made the decision to step in, the school had only 25 students still enrolled.
The first 3 pictures are of one of the 3 class room buildings, a building of dirt floors ravaged by termites. We worked very hard to raise the funds to take this building down and then to replace it with a beautiful concrete building. We dreamed of making it a 3 story building. It became clear though that, while this was a grand dream, it would be some time in realization given our huge list of proposed projects and the on-going operating costs of our existing responsibilities.
During this last summer’s trip, Ed and Lisa Mitzen asked me what we needed most at Busoga. I shared with them this dream, hoping to build the second floor soon but facing some difficult fundraising. We saw it as a safe, healthy, modern school building for all our 400 students including those who are deaf or have special needs. A few minutes later, End and Lisa came back with broad smiles on their faces. They announced that they wanted to gift TGCA’s Busoga School with not just the 2nd but both new floors!
Construction has already started. Please take a look at the photos of the early progress on the Mitzen Family School Building’s 2nd story.
You’ll see it’s another beautiful design and construction plan developed by our own TGCA superman, Emma Walubi
Thank you Ed and Lisa Mitzen


Free Help Wanted

CPA with time and energy to share
Experience with not-for-profit preferable

The Giving Circle, the outstanding charitable organization, is based in the Saratoga Springs, NY area. We have ongoing projects in our home area (which range from refurbishing housing to assisting local seniors with lawn clean up) and overseas (especially in Uganda where we have established two schools and are assisting the improvement of living conditions in each of the two villages).
Happily, our fund raising is improving. Furthermore, our expenditures continue to grow in amount and complexity. As a result, financial reporting has become more demanding.
The available position is that of a CPA (possibly retired and definitely volunteering) from the Saratoga area who can be called on from time to time. We need help producing and verifying the accuracy of monetary reporting documents, especially annual 990s. Compensation will be commensurate with that provided to all our officers and volunteers, which is to say it will be zip.
Interested candidates may contact our board president, Leo Geoffrion, using email at And did we say please?

Two Local Projects – Volunteers Needed

Calling All Local Volunteers
We have 2 VERY important work projects coming up.

The first is scheduled for Oct 5th & 6th. We’ll be helping family who’s father is disabled.

The second is a very special work weekend involving Code Blue. We’ll be announcing the details and the dates soon. So stay tuned!

For more info on the 1st project PLEASE contact Ron at or