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.
Aug 9, 2013

BUVAD Continues to Move Toward Sustainability

Stephen Ssemutumba, the Executive Director for Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD), the local organization that coordinates support for the Bwetyaaba Primary School, continues to make progress toward developing a sustainable industry in the Kayunga district.   

The Sunflower Project, funded by our fiscal parent C-I-CAN (Collaborative for Intercultural Children and Non-profits), has established a group of pilot farmers to plant and harvest sunflowers for distribution and sale of sunflower oil.  To date, the project has harvested 4,200 Kg of sunflower seeds.  One of the keys to creating long-term sustainability within a community is developing a better educated community.  To this end, Global Backpack Project continues its support of assisting BUVAD in its mission.   

Closer to home, GBP is excited to host the second annual Back to School Fun Run, to be held on Sunday, August 25th in Willamette Park in Portland.  The boys and girls attending Bwetyaaba Primary School will be among the beneficiaries of the run.  More information about the Back to School Fun Run can be found on the GBP website at globalbackpackproject.org.

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!

 

Jun 11, 2013

Back to School Fun Run is Back!

Greetings!

Summertime is almost here! What are your plans for these next few months? Here at Global Backpack Project we are busy planning our second annual Back to School Fun Run which will take place on August 25th in Portland's Willamette Park. Through the Back to School Fun Run, we seek to engage, inspire, and have fun!  This community event benefits at-risk girls and boys by providing sturdy new backpacks and school supplies to those who might otherwise start school without the tools they need to succeed.  

The 5k fun run/walk is an out-and-back course that takes place along the beautiful Willamette River.  The entire path will be on paved surfaces, crossing no major streets. Strollers are welcome. In addition, there will be a 1 Mile Kids Run and a 1/2 Mile Kids Dash.  Music, activities for the kids, and food and drinks - fun for the whole family! Advance registration is recommended, but will also be available on race day.  More information and complete event details are available by visiting the GBP website.

If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or as a sponsor, send an email to Karla at karla@globalbackpackproject.org to learn how you can make a difference and help to make this year's fun run another great success! 

We hope you will be able to join us for the second annual Back to School Fun Run to celebrate the beginning of school and bring a smile to a child in need.  

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

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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!

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