Karen feels so blessed because of YOU!
At the age of 60, Karen should be able to rest and rely on her children to care for her.
Instead, she is raising three of her orphaned grandchildren. She was in desperate need of help.
Then she discovered the Grandmother Project!
In her Granny Group, she found the support she needed to build a better life for her family.
She was given gardening tools, a micro-finance loan to start a business, and entrepreneurial training to help her run her business successfully.
Now she is making money to support her family, strengthening the local economy, and being a positive role model for her grandchildren and other women in her community.
Please don’t take it lightly when we say
YOU Change Lives.
Tomorrow, please help us give more grandmothers like Karen the help they desperately need.
Join us for a special Bonus Day!
Global Giving will match your gift 50%!
July 16th, 2014
9:00am (EDT) to 11:59pm (EDT)--Please give early! Funds will go fast!
There will be a $1,000 bonus award for the project that raises the most funds and a $500 bonus award for the project that comes in second place.
AND a $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place.
Matching only applies between $10 and $1,000
This is a great opportunity to see YOUR gift to your children go further!
We don't tell you enough...YOU are amazing!
YOU have given your girls everything they need to change their futures!
Girls in Uganda who are orphaned by HIV/AIDS are more likely to marry early or have an unplanned pregnancy, and are much less likely to finish school (or even have the chance to attend)!
YOU are a bridge between them and a future of prosperity. Because of YOU, they are showing their community and the world what girls can do.
And what's even better?
Now you are building them a brand new Secondary and Vocational School!
Currently, Nyaka and Kutamba primary students must apply to Secondary and Vocational Schools in the region to continue their education. They have to live far from home and their support systems. Nyaka provides students with free tutoring, access to internet, and a case manager to help them address problems. Their Secondary and Vocational Schools do not provide many of these added supports. Most Secondary and Vocational Schools haven’t built in the unique needs of HIV/AIDS orphans into their programs.
The common practice when girls come to school at the beginning of the year, and every time they come back to school from breaks, is to give a pregnancy test to every girl. If they are found to be pregnant, the school will expel them. They must leave while all the other students and teachers watch, suffering embarrassment and ridicule. This experience is so frightening for girls that many will drop out of school if they have engaged in any sexual activity. As a result, many girls are denied education and an opportunity to escape poverty.
Nyaka believes that education is vital for girls to escape poverty. We have taken steps to improve our prevention measures as well as strategize ways to help girls who become pregnant. Unlike most of the Secondary and Vocational Schools in Uganda, The Nyaka Secondary and Vocational School will not expel girls who become pregnant. No girl will have to drop out of school because she is afraid of being ridiculed and embarrassed. She will be supported.
All of YOUR nearly 200 secondary students have worked so hard to graduate from primary school. Now they can also receive a guaranteed quality secondary education.
YOU have already put a roof on the Secondary and Vocational School's main building. Today we are sending you a first look at the brand new roof on the Girls' dormitory!
Thanks to YOU, we are making progress to opening our doors for students at the beginning of the school year in February 2015!
Keep up the great work!
We also want to thank you for your support during this last Bonus Day!
YOU raised $3,155 for YOUR children! THANK YOU!
Didn't get the chance to give last month?
YOU have another chance!
July 16th 9:00am (EDT) to 11:59pm (EDT)--Please give early! Funds will go fast!
There will also be a $1,000 bonus award for most individual donors and a $500 award for the project that comes in second place.
Have we told YOU lately how amazing YOU are?
YOU are saving lives for grandmothers like Jetu!
Jetu is a 53-year-old grandmother raising her two grandchildren, a 16-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl. Like many families in Uganda, Jetu and her grandchildren are coping with the loss of the children's parents because of HIV/AIDS. Jetu never expected that she would be raising her grandchildren. In Ugandan culture, as parents grow older and can no longer work, their children provide for them. If needed, children will provide housing, food, care for their elder’s needs
So, when Jetu's kitchen began to fall apart, she had nowhere to turn.
In Uganda, families cook their food in a building separate from the one they sleep in. The fire used for cooking creates a lot of smoke that can be dangerous and unhealthy. Jetu could not prepare food for her grandchildren in their kitchen because she was afraid it would collapse on her.
Because of YOU, Jetu has a new, smokeless kitchen. She no longer has to worry that the smoke from cooking will harm her or her grandchildren.
Jetu and her grandchildren will be healthier and safer because YOU chose to give them life-saving support!
She will always think of YOU and the wonderful gift YOU have given her.
There is still more work to do and we need YOUR help to do it!
We work with over 7,005 grandmothers and many of them are in grave need of new homes, kitchens, and pit latrines.
Many want to start new businesses but have no way to get a loan.
Many need vocational training and support to help them reenter the workforce.
YOU can help all of these grandmothers achieve their dreams.
Global Giving is having a Bonus Day!
If YOU choose to give this month, we hope you will choose to give to YOUR grandmothers.