The children you helped at St. Jude Children's Home are currently doing well attending the Second Term of their school year and/or gaining strength at Consolation Home. U.S. volunteers Will and Joe, who were living at St. Jude's for the last five months, keeping us constantly updated with news about the children and staff there, have left St. Jude's for the time being but have plans to return some day. While they were there they helped to get us more detailed stories of the children with special needs living in Consolation Home.
Here is the story of one boy at Consolation Home:
Simon became handicap in 2006 after he fell out of a eucalyptus tree. While receiving treatment at Lacor Hospital for his injury he met Brother Elio who invited him to live at St. Jude Children's Home where he would receive help for his disabilities as well as the chance to continue his education at one of the only full inclusion schools in northern Uganda. Simon says that he enjoys St. Jude for the education and health services he receives there; the treatment he receives is quick and effective. He talks of how grateful he is for being taken in by Brother Elio and St. Jude because with the education he is receiving at St. Jude he has a hope for the future. When he finishes his studies he wants to be a doctor and help others. Simon’s advice for persevering through difficult times is to think about the future and to not dwell on the past.
Imagine a person in Simon's position giving us inspiration for our lives. Truly amazing, right?
Thank you for making his education, and the education of many others, possible.
Our work providing wheelchairs and education for children from St. Jude Children's Home in northern Uganda is going well thanks to your help!
Since our last project report, we have raised another $632 from this Global Giving campaign, which is an enormously significant amount in terms of our abilities to help in Gulu, Uganda. In particular, new donations are being used to help offset the costs of raising children at St. Jude's on a daily basis. This includes food, education, health care, and personal support from caring staff members. Recurring monthly donations have been a particularly valuable way for us to be able to guarantee support of individual children for St. Jude's.
Wheelchairs are currently being purchased for children with special needs from a facility in Gulu. Although we had every assurance from Whirlwind Wheelchairs that we could buy wheelchairs from them and ship them to Gulu, they never finalized the project, so we are now working with a local distributor in Gulu. Great for the local economy anyway! And any replacement parts will be easy to obtain.
Thank you for your continuing support and for being inspired!Remember to keep track of our progress on facebook and on our website -- and tell all your friends about the inspiring work that Social Promise is doing!
You made the September Open Challenge a wonderful success for Social Promise and our partner nonprofit in Uganda, St. Jude Children’s Home. To date, we have received $5,236 in donations from 70 donors. We met our goal of becoming a part of the Global Giving community, and in doing so, we earned $4,000 in matching dollars directly from our own anonymous donor. THANK YOU!
Because of your incredible generosity, Social Promise will be providing wheelchairs to seven people with severely limiting mobility disabilities. We obtained donations for four of these wheelchairs directly through this Global Giving campaign and another three during an event we hosted in New York in October. We are actively working with St. Mary’s Hospital-Lacor, Whirlwind Wheelchairs, and Consolation Home at St. Jude Children’s Home to get the wheelchairs delivered. Thank you for making this happen! Please take a look at a couple of the chair recipients and learn their stories below.
We have also guaranteed St. Jude Children’s Home funding for five orphans for an entire year and one child with special needs for half a year, with donations from the September Challenge. We are providing 12 girls with supplies for secondary school and with additional un-specified donations through this drive, we are able to give St. Jude Children’s Home the ability to support other orphans in their personal, health, and educational needs. The September Open Challenge was a wonderful experience for all of us at Social Promise as we learned what we need to do to keep our supporters informed and empowered to help with the excellent programs in place at St. Jude Children’s Home.
Thank you for all you do to help these children in Uganda have bright, safe futures. Please continue to visit us at www.socialpromise.org , on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SocialPromise , and through Global Giving.
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