Outreach Uganda

Outreach Uganda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado and dedicated to helping empower Ugandans, especially women and children, to rise out of poverty. To do this, we work with village groups in Uganda to bring hope and improve lives, especially in the areas of education, women's empowerment, and self-sufficiency through job creation. Initially, our village groups help support themselves and their families through sales of paper beaded jewelry and other craft items. The beaders save money from their bead sales so they can then start own group or individual businesses to supplement their income and eventually we hope it will be their main source of income. Micro-cre...
Jun 25, 2015

Haste Makes Waste: Let's Build a Solid Foundation

Jinja Women
Jinja Women's Land Committee Look at New Land Map

In our trainings with our Ugandan women, we share that they need to plan and be strategic about their businesses they do in Uganda.  We too, are modeling that concept with our home ownership project.  We agree with the adage that "Haste makes waste," and are focusing our efforts now on developing a thorough and solid plan for our housing development.  In conjunction with that, we realized during our planning process that it would be better to acquire at least a couple of additional acres of land before we moved too far along.

We're happy to report that in May, we did just that! We now have two additional acres which will allow us to accommodate more homes while still maintaining the look and feel of a not so dense housing area.  In the past couple of years, we have visited several low income housing developments in Uganda, and determined that we did not want to be re-creating a new slum area. From discussions with our women beaders, we know that they do not want "story buildings" but prefer homes or duplexes which have just one level.

So before our architect finalizes the development plan, we have requested that he incorporate the additional land into the plan. This means that soon, within the next couple of months, we should be able to begin work on some of the development wide improvements that will be needed on this land.  Concurrently with that, we will begin fundraising in earnest so that we have adequate financing for the first phase of the development.

Thanks for your continued patience and support.  We'll keep you updated as the next milestones are accomplished!

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Apr 3, 2015

Women Continue to Train & Save for Their New Homes

Carol with Jinja Women
Carol with Jinja Women's Group in Feb. 2015

Saving money is never easy whether it's in the U.S. or in Uganda. So, I was anxious to visit our JInja women's group this past February for several weeks along with two volunteers, Christa and Rick, from the U.S.  One of the main purposes of our trip was to be cheerleaders and encouragers of the Jinja women to continue to be diligent and dedicated in saving their money to be able to put towards the down payments on their homes. This is quite important since we hope to begin the first phase of home building later this year, and are continuing to work on development plans for the home building project.

An equally important trip purpose was our continued trainings with the women on English, leadership and business skills, all of which are critical to the success of their small businesses.  It is each woman's own small business that she does in Uganda which will help her to save the needed down payment money, and which will give her the cash flow to qualify for a small home loan from the local bank. These items when combined with our fundraising here on globalgiving to increase the amount of down payment monies will be what determines when home building can begin! 

I am happy to report that our Jinja women are continuing to save, and some of them have saved an impressive amount to date when considering that most of them are sole breadwinners supporting their families containing not only their own children, but often an orphan or two as well.

I'll be going back to Uganda in May and will give you an update at that time.  As always, my goal is to assure that donor monies are being expended properly for purposes which are going to have the greatest impact on getting our women out of poverty forever. The home building project is certainly at the top of this list.  Thank you all for your support of this worthy and exciting project!

Volunteer Christa with her English class students
Volunteer Christa with her English class students
Jinja women saying farwell to English trainers
Jinja women saying farwell to English trainers

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Oct 21, 2014

Women Save for Down Payments While Architect Works on Plans

Colline beading jewelry to earn down payment money
Colline beading jewelry to earn down payment money

Our women beaders are continuing to save up for their home down payment money.  The last four months of the year is the time when they receive much of their craft sales monies. In addition, the local architect has been working on the development plans and estimated costs for the project so that we can then approach various potential lenders to see if they might be interested in assisting with this project.  This phase is an important phase as it will make sure our project gets off on solid footing and that there are sufficient women who have enough down payment monies saved for when actual home building begins. We are expecting that the first home building phase will happen in mid to late 2015.

While this is going on, the women are planting maize on the property.  One crop was harvested in August, and then a second crop of maize was planted.  The land is fertile land which means that eventually the home gardens should be productive.  They will need to do some rain water catchment to provide occasional supplemental watering if rains do not occur at the needed times.

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