Enhance Lives of Ugandan disadvantaged Children

 
$21,437
$45,563
Raised
Remaining
Mar 16, 2011

Bitone Updates: MARCH 2011

Sylvia: designing a beaded necklace
Sylvia: designing a beaded necklace

Hello Bitone Friend!

Warm greetings from Bitone Center! We hope this communication finds you well.

Here we are, again, to share with you our latest program news, as we celebrate all the achievements witnessed since the beginning of the year. Although we have had some challenges here and there, we are glad that our message is steadily reaching out and benefiting a wider community.

We are, therefore, deeply appreciative of the role you have played, and in supporting our children grow productively and impact others’ lives through sharing their stories, talents, and smiles. Thank you so much. We are glad that you are part of the reason for these achievements. 

Bitone New Website:

 As you might already know, our new website was launched and its up, running. The new site features all our programs in detail, the children’s stories, different ways to get involved and much more. Please take time and visit the site and lets us know if you have any questions. We thank all those who contributed to this accomplishment. The site is updated regularly to feed you with the most current news. So, check it out as often as you can. Our domain remains: http://www.bitonechildren.org

Academics:

 Following successful completion of their examinations, Gloria K. Pichan was enrolled at Kawempe Royal College and she is majoring in Biology and Chemistry. Similarly, Godfrey, Steven, Joseph, and Sylvia joined senior one at the same school.

We have made progress in meeting this challenge, but we have not reached the goal. If you would like to sponsor a child or provide any other forms of education assistance, please consider making a one time or monthly recurring tax deductible donation at our donation page: http://bitonechildren.org/donate.html

Performances

Our efforts in elevating Bitone children’s skills in music and dance practices have continued to yield excellent results. There is no doubt that values of self-esteem, confidence and trustworthiness continue to grow in each child everyday. Through their practices and performances, children lay a solid foundation to their future as they both physically, emotionally and intellectually grow–creating greater horizons and assurance for their future.  

We aim at providing the next generation of Ugandans to fully participate and assume leadership roles in their communities.

 

Unfortunately, most of our revenue is depleted by the high rental costs of the required performance machines and transport expenses. In order for the Bitone Troupe to bring in more revenue (through its performances), to support the center, we are seeking to acquire the following items.

  1. Amplifiers (02) –professional 4,000 Watts
  2. Mixers (02) –12 output channel
  3. Microphones (15) –cordless, clipped and cabled
  4. Microphone stands: Minimum (10)
  5. Speakers: Tops (4) and Basses (2)–full range (1,000 Watts)
  6. Stage lights: Portable (1 full set)
  7. Step down/Converter/Power stabilizer: 240 Voltage (2)
  8. Speaker-ons, wires and cross-over for speakers (several)
  9. Power generator (1)
  10. Van/mini bus

Current Critical Areas

Bitone is currently facing a serious financial crisis. Particularly, in the last two months, food costs have doubled following a long dry season Ugandan is currently facing. Schools have also hiked their education fees/tuition and at the same time, scholastic needs have become ridiculously expensive. More so, our landlady has also raised the rental fees for our center (after many years of asking us minimal rental costs).

At the moment, we urgently need a minimum $5,000 to cater for the most urgent areas below as we continue explore measures for future sustainability. The following three areas below for which we are seeking your support are in a critical need.

  1. Feeding: $3,000 (for immediate use)
  2. Rent: $800
  3. Books, Uniforms, Registration and Lunch Fees: $1,200 (current semester)

Today, we truly need your immediate help. Please also pass on this call to any of your friends who may be willing to contribute towards achieving the highly needed $5,000. You can make a tax-deductable donation to Bitone through GlobalGiving by visiting our website at: http://bitonechildren.org/donate.html

For any inquiries, please contact us at info@bitonechildren.org

Thank you in advance for standing with us right now. We look forward to hearing from you as we go through this crisis.

In Peace and Friendship!

Bitone Team.

Recreation: at Lake Victoria
Recreation: at Lake Victoria
Bitone Troupe: Joseph Performing
Bitone Troupe: Joseph Performing
William: wade in the waters!
William: wade in the waters!
Brenda and Nicola: Building Friendship
Brenda and Nicola: Building Friendship
Brenda and Sylvia: comparing bracelets
Brenda and Sylvia: comparing bracelets

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Project Leader

Lawrence Sekalegga

Executive director
Kampala, Uganda

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