Project FOCUS

Project FOCUS is a grass-roots initiative of diverse individuals bound by a common purpose: to educate, inspire, and empower local communities in Southwestern Uganda and the United States. Through creative collaboration, personal narratives and exhibition, we hope to support sustainable community initiatives, actively combat social apathy, and reveal the common humanity between two seemingly different worlds.

Project FOCUS
11030 S. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60655
United States
773-355-8101
http://www.projectfocus.org

Staff Member

Aura Brickler

Management Team

Aura Brickler, Daniel Yang, MadelenePario null, Grant Buhr, Seva Gandhi, Florencia Rojo

Board of Directors

We are currently in the process of building a Board., Aura Brickler, Daniel Yang, MadelenePario null, Grant Buhr, Seva Gandhi, Florencia Rojo

Project Leaders

Project FOCUS

Mission

Project FOCUS is a grass-roots initiative of diverse individuals bound by a common purpose: to educate, inspire, and empower local communities in Southwestern Uganda and the United States. Through creative collaboration, personal narratives and exhibition, we hope to support sustainable community initiatives, actively combat social apathy, and reveal the common humanity between two seemingly different worlds.

Programs

In Lyantonde, a town in Southwest Uganda, Project FOCUS members: implemented creative projects with community groups; focused on the use of art as a way to share personal and community narratives; taught embroidery, fabric collage, printing, and non-traditional forms of photography; and collaborated with local community-based organizations, government leaders and village members to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and identify the strengths and needs of the community. Using donations received from artwork presented in exhibitions around the US, Project FOCUS raised enough money to open a solar powered internet center, an initiative led by the community, and implemented with local partner ICOD Action Network. Currently Project FOCUS is working towards the maintenance of the center as well as working with local farmers on permaculture initiatives.

Statistics on Project FOCUS

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2010: $27,300
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $27,300
  • Other funding sources: Individual donors, foundations, and income generating projects.
  • Religious Affiliation: none