Even Ground

Even Ground strives to help families and communities break the cycles of poverty and inequality by providing support to community-based programs that offer high-quality education and care to young people in Africa. We envision communities where all young people, regardless of their economic background, are given high-quality education and care to ensure a fair start in life and set them on the path towards a brighter future. UNAIDS estimates that to date, a staggering 14 million children have been orphaned by AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. South Africa has the largest number of people living with HIV in the world and by 2025, it is estimated that 40% of South African adults will have died of t...
Jul 7, 2015

Off to a great start!

Visiting the pigs
Visiting the pigs

It's been three months since the start of our Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme and we're happy to report that everything is running smoothly! Janet, one of our Grades R & 1 Educational Facilitators, has taken on the responsibility of leading our ECD Programme and has done an incredible job with making sure the children in our Programme are receiving the support they need.

Each day, children have play time, story time, visit our animals (pigs, chickens, and ducks) and engage in artistic activities (painting, coloring, drawing, etc.). Currently, our ECD Programme takes place in our Community Centre but we hope to have a brand new ECD Centre built within the next year that will allow us to support more children in our community.

We still have a long way to go to reach our fundraising goal so don't forget to donate on July 15th when 40% of every donation will be matched! As always, we thank you for your support!

With gratitude,

Thanda

Spiderman fans
Spiderman fans
Jul 6, 2015

Scholar Success Story

Eva: The newest midwife at Kisubi Hospital
Eva: The newest midwife at Kisubi Hospital

Thanks to each of you, our loyal donors, we are thrilled to share a success story of one of our scholars.

Today, Eva lives a self-sustaining life after considerable challenges were put in her way. Eva, one of the 24 students sponsored by Even Ground, dedicated herself to her studies for over six years and has achieved a medical career at Kisubi Hospital, just a few miles near Entebbe International Airport.

Eva was given the sponsorship in 2007 after finished primary school. She had no hope of continuing with her education after both her parents passed away and the aunt who was helping had also lost a job.

She was offered a scholarship through Even Ground, and successfully completed her four years of high school. When it came to time for her national proficiency exams, they were cancelled due to the closure of the examination center. All of the students scheduled for the exam were impacted; Eva was devastated thinking all of her hard work was for nothing.

Thanks to the support of our local partner, Eva was ultimately able to repeat the course and sit for the national exam. Eva persevered, and achieved a high enough grade that allowed her to join a Nursing and Midwifery College where she graduated last year in November as a Mid-wife.

In May 2015 Eva’s hard work and discipline paid off and she secured a job at Kisubi Hospital where she is working as a midwife. On getting this job she happily called our local partner and shared the good news. She is thankful for the support that has helped her reach a self-sustaining, independent life. She promised to always be involved in our program activities including fundraising, counseling and career guidance.

In the pictures, you can see Eva, her supervisor, and our Program Manager, Dan.

Even Ground project still has two other students Justine and Emma who will finishing their final exams in this summer, the two will be graduating from university with degrees one in Micro Finance and the other in Accounting and Finance.

We look forward to continuing the Uganda Education project and starting a new cohort of students. Your help today will enable us to reach this goal.

Thank you for your continued support!

Eva and her support team
Eva and her support team
Jun 12, 2015

Getting ready...

Stools built by our Arts Facilitator
Stools built by our Arts Facilitator

Preparations for our Art Centre are underway! We’ve been spending lots of time getting the Centre ready to be used. With the help of our dedicated staff and some volunteers, we’ve been painting, organizing supplies, building shelves, stools & tables, and cleaning up so that our students can start taking full advantage of this beautiful space.

We are very excited to announce that our Art Centre will be fully operational in a couple weeks – just in time for the school holidays from June 29th to July 17th. We have lots of fun activities planned during that time so we’ll have plenty of photos to share with you for the next report. Thank you for being part of this exciting project!

Our brand new skate rack
Our brand new skate rack
Getting the Centre ready!
Getting the Centre ready!

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