Below, please check out the layout of the 2nd block of The Giving Circle’s school at Kagoma Gate Village. Thanks so so many of you. The future’s so bright Uganda’s once poorest children now gota wear shades!
All, we do here locally, nationally and internationally in Africa is 100% thanks to each and every single one of you who partner with us.
This February a health clinic and birthing center was opened in a place that before we came, never saw a doctor or nurse, Uganda’s poorest village. This is what we accomplished, and a HUGE thank you to The Soroptimist International of Saratoga County.
PLEASE WATCH this video. In the last few seconds you will hear from a village mother why what we do is MOST important. PLEASE WATCH.
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” –Jack Layton
It was every special day in Kagoma Gate Friendship School the other day. The pupils received their certificates in recognition for their participation in 2014 chess class!
From our TGCA Leader, Moses:
My gratitude go to you all who are making this possible. In a special way I wish to point out Anna , Marisa ,Robert for you dedication and working against all odds to have this special chess education tool reach our beloved ones.
Indeed, this is the most amazing program. These children will have many more options available to them in their lives as a result of the skills they are learning with Chess. Enjoy the pictures!
The Giving Circle Busoga School, Uganda
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
Pictured here is a wooden school that was ravaged by termites and harsh conditions. This school will be rebuilt out of brick, but without books to feed the young minds of its students, it will remain just a place. For books are like windows into the world unknown; each page reveals new knowledge that opens doors to opportunities and possibilities in a child’s mind that they never imagined. With your donation, we will be able to provide our students with books to share and an ability to work together to open the doors to their futures. Please help us write a future filled with possibilities and hope with a donation today.
Lead by: Victoria A. Farrar-Myers, Ph.D. and award winning teacher
In Africa four (4) students share 1 book!
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Joy for the children of Jinja Women’s Prison!
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” — Kay Redfield Jamison professor of psychiatry
Each year, The Giving Circle though the Rosie Grant, work to improve the lives and living conditions of the woman and children of the Jinja’s women’s prison in Uganda. As in many countries in Africa, when a mother goes to prison their young child/children go with the mother.
The Giving Circle believes that every child deserves to play and that play is education. Because of this, we have installed playgrounds at both of our schools and on our land in Wairaka. Our Busoga School playground is pictured above.
Rosie believes these beautiful children forced to live their young lives in prison with their moms also deserve to swing, slide, run, laugh, sing and play.
Please join with us to make this dream for these children come true.
Click here to donate and add joy to these children’s lives!
The Sewing Guild was started in the summer of 2013 in the Ugandan sugar cane village of Wiraka. It is one of the poorest communities in Uganda. The Giving Circle Africa funds the startup of projects in this village and another sugar cane village, Kagoma Gate, with the goal of improving the lives of all residents through sustainable projects. These projects include agriculture, health care, education, nutrition, crafts and the Sewing Guild.
The first year of the Sewing Guild project, five Ugandan women in a very small storage room with no electricity were able to finish an apron project in an afternoon training session using third world treadle sewing machines that continually broke down. Using patterns, they pinned and cut the fabric out on a dusty floor. The Giving Circle provided 25 yards of traditional African fabric to the women. They produced twenty five aprons for sale in less than two days.
Over the year, the women secured space with electricity in a local church and started taking contracts for school uniforms as part of The Giving Circle Africa. In the summer of 2014, the Sewing Guild was provided with eight electric sewing machines, a cutting table, shelves and storage containers (thanks to some of your donations). The Sewing Guild has increased production of school uniforms with the new machines.
Traditionally all children in Uganda wear school uniforms which include socks and a sweater. Currently, sweaters are produced in Kenya and imported into Uganda. The next goal is to raise funds to provide the Sewing Guild with a knitting machine and initial supplies to make sweaters and socks locally.
Please help us raise funds to purchase a knitting machine, click here to donate!
A note from Moses:
Good news is that news of school feeding has begun to pay off already as classroom space and seats are already in shortage and the anticipated developments are going to address the needs, bravo Keenan kids and The giving circle for the excellent partnership.
The attendance the Kagoma Gate Friendship School has more than doubled already. When the program is fully functional and the new classrooms are complete, we estimate that attendance will be at > 95%. This is AMAZING, coming from a place where education did not exist just a year and a half ago!