Friends of TOUCH

Friends of Touch is a Christian ministry dedicated to giving children an opportunity and a voice. Our mission is to show Orphaned and Vulnerable Children the love of Christ in a tangible way - to nurse, equip and release them to be leaders and professionals, and to equip them to reach their God-given potential.
Mar 28, 2014

Update on the Desk Project for Calvary Primary

Children Show off Some of the New Chairs
Children Show off Some of the New Chairs

We are in a new school year in Uganda, and we are thankful for your help! 

Thanks to you, we were recently able to add 100 new chairs to the Preschool and Primary 1 classes at Calvary Primary School in Uganda. One hundred children now have colorful, safe seats to replace old wooden benches. This gives the youngest of our students a safer environment. The benches we replaced had been in use since 2005 - can you imagine how rickety they had become?

We still want to get more of the three-seater desks for the middle-grade children, but for the time being we need to concentrate on school fees and food for the children.  Most of the safety concerns with the old desks have been addressed. The bigger priority at this point is to provide food for the children - since most do not have meals outside of school. 

We are closing the desk project on March 31, so that we can concentrate on the need for food and school fees. Be sure to check out our education project on GlobalGiving - your donations will keep children in school and support the feeding program that provides two daily meals to students at Calvary Primary. 

Thank you for making all of this possible! 

Children study in their new seats
Children study in their new seats

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Feb 7, 2014

A New School Year Begins in Uganda

Hugs from friends are the best!
Hugs from friends are the best!

Remember seeing your friends again on the first day of school? Our kids in Uganda started a new school year on Monday, and the week has been filled with hugs and squeals of delight. 

Because of your generous donations, poverty won't be able to rob these children of their future. Instead, they'll be able to attend school and learn the skills and knowledge they'll need to become builders and leaders in their community. Calvary Primary School is filled to capacity, and sixteen Primary 7 students passed their Primary Leaving Exams, all with division 2 or higher grades (like a B+)! 

As one of the girls recently wrote to her sponsor, "Thank you for everything you have done to make me wonderful and amazing."

TOUCH (The Outreach to Unfortunate Children's Hurts) has been helping children in Kampala since 1997. TOUCH Founder Sara Sebyala started with just one child and some help from her church - and now over 500 children are in school. 

With the new year, the TOUCH Program is now becoming "Bridges 4 Kidz". It's the same great program, just a new name. We're excited about the future, and we look forward to changing more lives with you in 2014! 

February 12 is our next Bonus Day - GlobalGiving will match your donation by 30%! Matching funds run out very quickly, so plan to give as close to 9:00am EST as possible. 

THANK YOU for all you do!

Bridges 4 Kidz
Bridges 4 Kidz
Secondary students will be in boarding school
Secondary students will be in boarding school

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Dec 3, 2013

Good News for our Kids in Uganda

Older students help the younger ones
Older students help the younger ones

Here at the end of our Ugandan school year, we have three good news stories for you!

First, students have taken their national exams. This is a tremendous milestone for our students. Many of them never thought they could finish primary school - and this year eleven of our students have taken the secondary O-Level exams! 

Secondly, I'm happy to report that we are ready to complete the second phase of the desk project. A generous donor gave the remaing $2,500 to complete this part of the project, and Primary 4 & 5 classes at Calvary Primary School will have new desks for the next school term! 

Every time the children see improvements at their school, they know somebody cares about them. When we believe that these young lives are worth investing in, they also believe!

Finally,today(December 3)is #GivingTuesday - and Microsoft's YouthSpark Initiative is doubling your donations to our education program!

If you give $20, they give another $20.
If you give $100, they give another $100.
If you give $1,000, they will also give $1,000. 

To have your donation matched, use this link for our project  Education & Support For 500 Children In Uganda. Funds will go to support children in Uganda by paying school fees and providing food and supplies.

Thank you so much for lifting these children up and showing them that they can succeed! 

Doing work at Calvary Primary School
Doing work at Calvary Primary School

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