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...
Sep 29, 2014

Home Stretch: Scholars Begin Final Semester

Justine at her Internship
Justine at her Internship

Thank you to all our generous donors! Your consistent support has enabled us to provide educational scholarships to vulnerable youth in rural Uganda for over ten years. Our current group of scholars have been sponsored since the beginning of their primary education, through secondary school, and now they are beginning their final semester of university study. Without this program it is most certain our scholars would not have been able to continue their education due to financial constraints.

One scholar, Justine, has been one of our students for over eight years. Being raised by a single mother with limited resources, Justine would have discontinued her education after elementary school if it weren't for Even Ground and the Uganda Eudcation Project's support. Today, Justine is happily pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Micro-Finance from Kyambogo University in Uganda. Recently, she completed an internship with Pride Micro-Finance, one of the leading micro-finance institutions in Uganda.This opportunity allowed her to apply her studies and gain valuable experience necessary to begin her career. Now in her final semester, Justine anticipates completing her degree next spring. 

Justine reports, “I’m hopeful that after finishing my studies I will get a job and be able to support my family and other needy students.” Throughout our work, we emphasize the importance of giving back to the local community so that the impact of our work reaches beyond the scholars we support.

Our scholars look forward to a bright future thanks to your support.

Best,

Mark & Meredith Wallace

Justine at University
Justine at University
Sep 19, 2014

Introduction of Executive Director

Hello Even Ground donors, 

I have recently been appointed as Executive Director of Even Ground. I have been in the role for just over two months. I have spent the majority of the time learning the history of the organization, its current set of opportunities and challenges and avenues for future growth. 

Based on the information that I have collected, in conjunction with our project directors and the board, I have the following priorities over the next several months. 

(1) Create more synergies among the existing projects and grow the number of Even Ground projects;

(2) Engage with the board to create a robust strategic plan supported by a thoughtful and realistic fundraising strategy; and

(3) Set a template for an efficient organizational structure including an operational manual with clear internal and external reporting requirements.

(4) Run a successful annual fundraiser set for October 24th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Roosevelt House at Hunter College. 

I am committed to assisting EG reach these goals in the coming months. These are large tasks, which require a great deal of support from the board and project directors to achieve. I am confident that if we marshal our resources judiciously we can achieve those four tenets set out above.

I am looking forward to serving this organization as it grows in the future.

Best,

Christopher Eaglin

Executive Director

Even Ground

chris@evenground.org 

Aug 11, 2014

Making Walls with Tires

Playing with Tires
Playing with Tires

We want to say a big thank you to all our dedicated donors who supported the matching campaign in June- we raised over $7000 in 1 hour! This is vital funding that enables us to continue teaching Agriculture programs to children in Thanda until the end of the year. 

We've been busy lately setting up more gardens at the 4 different primary schools where we operate. This way, teaching is practical rather than just theoretical and everyone has a chance to put their hands into the soil to plant their own seeds. We all know that children learn best through 'doing' and it has been a lot of fun too! We built a Worm Farm from old buckets and used broken bike frames to hold up tomatoe plants. The veggies that the children grow are shared by the group, making everyone very proud of what they have achieved. In a place just a few years ago agriculture was 'for old people', children and youth are now more and more enthusiastic about what they can grow themselves to feed their families. 

These photos are from a garden set up at Sosukwane Primary. Thands fixed their broken borehole, so now children play as they pump water to put on their plants. The land was on a slope and budgets were low, so Thanda brought in over 1000 old tires and children and Thanda's teachers had fun filling them with dirt and building a wall. They also have a chicken tractor from Thanda, making collecting the eggs one of their favourite activities! Thank you for your generous support to this exciting and important project. 

The finished wall
The finished wall
Tyler collects 1000 used tires for the school!
Tyler collects 1000 used tires for the school!
Playing
Playing
School teachers help too
School teachers help too
Watering
Watering
Watering
Watering
Being silly
Being silly

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