Global Backpack Project

Global Backpack Project's mission is to encourage a desire for learning by helping children feel prepared for school. With the help of local communities and partner organizations, we seek to make a difference in the lives of children, just as they seek to make a difference for themselves and their communities.
May 9, 2013

Greetings from Global Backpack Project

Greetings,

These past three months have been busy with planning and organizing for past and upcoming events!

On March 22, Global Backpack Project took part in a benefit concert held in Portland, Oregon.  The concert was produced by one of our local partners, Compound Media Productions.  The concert benefited not only GBP, but two other not-for-profit organizations, Using Sport for Social Change and HELP Jamaica. The night was a success and the performers were wonderful. 

We are also in the process of planning for our second annual Back to School Fun Run, to be held on August 25th in Portland.  If you will be in the Portland area in late August, please join us at the run.  We would love to have you there.  More information can be found on the GBP website at globalbackpackproject.org.

In 2012, thanks to your donations, GBP was able to support 276 girls and boys at the Bwetyaaba Primary School in the Kayunga District in Uganda by providing backpacks, school supplies and locally-produced uniforms.  Although schools in Uganda are free, parents and/or guardians still need to pay for books, supplies and uniforms.  In rural areas, such as Kayunga, farming is the primary source of household income and the ability to pay for school can be challenging.  Children may start school, only to have to drop-out mid-way because money is no longer available.  The importance of staying in school is critical - each additional year of schooling can often increase a person’s earnings by up to 10 percent. 

Stephen Ssemutumba, the Executive Director for Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD), the local organization that coordinates support for the Bwetyaaba Primary School, hopes to expand the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Care and Support program to neighboring schools in the district.  This would increase aid from 670 children to 2500 children in the region.

Recently, we received a message from Stephen expressing how GBP support has helped the Bwetyaaba Primary School, “We are very grateful for your support.  Indeed the GBP donations and support have created a big impact on the education standard and life of the children in this school.  Today you find nearly 60% of the children smart and happy at school.  The children have a totally different outlook and improved performance both in class and in society.  Every community meeting I or my team members attend, you can never miss out a comment of appreciation for this great work!”

Please consider joining Global Backpack Project again in our continued support of Stephen and the boys and girls of Bwetyaaba Primary School by making a donation today on Global Giving.

Thank You!

Mar 11, 2013

Backpacks and school supplies to local students

Back to School Fun Run - August 25th, 2013
Back to School Fun Run - August 25th, 2013

Greetings from Global Backpack Project.

It may surprise you to know that the past few months have been very busy for GBP.  Back-to-School season is not the only time we deliver backpacks and school supplies to local children.  The need for basic school supplies continues throughout the school year, and GBP is here to help!  We have recently delivered sturdy new backpacks and school supplies to children at the Goose Hollow Homeless Family Shelter and to New Avenues for Youth in Portland.  We also reached at-risk students in Vancouver, WA by delivering packs and supplies to girls and boys attending Columbia River High School and Skyview High School.

We are well on our way to reaching our goal of delivering backpacks and supplies to 1000 children this year!  We need your help to do this.  We have some really fun ways for you to get involved:

1.  Set your alarm for 9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, March 13th for Global Giving Match Day.  Your donation will be matched at 30% by Global Giving if your donation is made before the funds run out.  This is a terrific way to make your dollar go even further - so get up early, grab your coffee, get your donation matched at 30% and put a backpack and school supplies in the hands of a child. What a great way to start the day!

2.  Join the GBP crew at the Wonder Ballroom on March 22nd at 8pm for a Benefit Reggae Concert.  Get ready for some big fun and big sound! This is sure to be a great time while raising money for organizations that help children succeed in school - including GBP!  Bring a backpack to the concert and receive a GBP t-shirt!  Tickets are $20 in advance/ $25 at the door.  Read more >>

3.  Save the date for the Second Annual Back to School Fun Run on August 25th at Willamette Park.  Run or walk at your own pace to put a smile on a child's face.  Email us to learn how your business can get involved or to volunteer.  We need your participation to make this year's fun run another great success.

Thank you for your continued support of Global Backpack Project.  Together we can help children succeed in school, one pack at a time.

Warm regards,
All of us at Global Backpack Project

Benefit Reggae Concert
Benefit Reggae Concert

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Feb 7, 2013

A New School Year Begins

Bwetyaaba Primay School
Bwetyaaba Primay School

Greetings from Global Backpack Project.

At Bwetyaaba Primary School in Uganda, a new year of school has just begun!  The new school year brings excitement of attending school for the first time for many girls and boys.  For others, it brings pride in advancing to the next grade.  But for all of these eager children, the new school year finds them without the basic school supplies they need.

Global Backpack Project aims to deliver school supplies to the children of Bwetyaaba Primary School so all girls and boys in the district can go to school.  With your help, we can eliminate this simple obstable to attending school.  In addition to basic school supplies and a backpack, children of the Bwetyaaba Primary School are required to have a school uniform and shoes.  As the majority of children in the school are orphaned or vulnerable youth, they simply don't have the means to purchase these items.

Please consider making a donation today on Global Giving.  A recurring donation is a great way to support children all year long.  An anonymous donor may match your new monthly recurring donation, so start one today!  Thank you for your continued support of the children at Bwetyaaba Primary School!

Children waiting for backpacks
Children waiting for backpacks
Teachers distribute geometry sets
Teachers distribute geometry sets
Children receiving school supplies
Children receiving school supplies
School uniform tailor
School uniform tailor

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