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

Emily Wanyetse (Hadijah) – NEED A SPONSOR!

We are in need of a new sponsor for Emily.  Please pass along to your friend and hopefully we get her re-sponsored so there is no lapse in her education and ability to go to school.

Emily and her brother,Anthony, are siblings being raised by a single parent after their parent’s relationship failed, two years ago largely due to the biting poverty . Currently their father works as a gardener and their health is good. The gift of sponsorship will help guarantee them an opportunity to education among other benefits of the program. Emily loves skipping, swinging and is usully jolly.

Click here  and click on Emily’s picture to sponsor!  Thank you!


Amazon Prime Days Help The Giving Circle

TODAY AND TOMORROW: Amazon Prime Days in July give us a two-day parade of epic deals and the opportunity to help The Giving Circle! Prime members can shop deals starting Monday, July 15 at 12:01am PT through Tuesday, July 16 at 11:59pm PT.
So, yes, You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on July 15 & 16. Simply shop at and AmazonSmile donates to The Giving Circle Inc. It’s just that easy to do a little good!

Coming Home

TGC team heading home today… we will land at JFK @ 9am. We are sad to leave, had a great 2 weeks & a great team!

Our Newest Daughter

Please meet our newest Koi Koi Daughter. She’s a beautiful deaf girl who also suffers a birth-defect with her back. Today we’re off to the Mutai for what will be a very special day..

Comments from Tana Threadgill

Our dear sister, Tana Threadgill, posts this for us, “Dear friends/family…… This is The Giving Circle. They are an African Outreach organization who help African communities have hope for the future and faith in mankind. Please check them out and see the good work they do! Mark Bertrand and Kelly Mommakoikoi Bertrand told me last year that over 90%, or more, goes back into the African Communities of what is given to their organization. Please help if you can. Every little bit helps make the world a better place in The Giving Circle! Namaste!” And she has some lovely pictures for us too!

Visit to Mutai

One of our Board members, Carl Korn, reports about efforts to bring medical relief to our African brothers and sisters. “Today, we conducted a medical and clothing outreach in Mutai, another forgotten village. Ugandans waited patiently for hours in the sun to be seen by a doctor from Albany Med, and The Giving Circle’s own nurse. A lot of malaria, as you might expect. As you can see from the video, kids lined up for clothing donated by our friends and neighbors. Thanks to Sue Johnson and Seeds For Peace, we distributed vegetable seeds to some 200 folks in Mutai.”

Posted by Carl Korn on Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Team Is Off To Uganda!

Day our flight day, all went great on the bus to JFK, all breezed through check-in and security. But the plane left almost 2 hours late, this would get us to Qatar 30+ minutes after the flight to Entebbe ( Uganda) was to leave. With luck and the fact we had a team of 34 they waited for us.
Day 1 was a tour of our 2 schools and much joy for everyone
After we returned it was time to unpack and sort almost 100 bags, boxes and totes of donations.
Day 2 was a return to Kagoma Gate for teaching day which so very well.
Tomorrow will be a magic day both for the villagers of the Mutai but also very much so for our team. The day will feature medical outreach, shoes, clothing and much more.