Outreach Uganda

Outreach Uganda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado and dedicated to helping empower Ugandans, especially women and children, to rise out of poverty. To do this, we work with village groups in Uganda to bring hope and improve lives, especially in the areas of education, women's empowerment, and self-sufficiency through job creation. Initially, our village groups help support themselves and their families through sales of paper beaded jewelry and other craft items. The beaders save money from their bead sales so they can then start own group or individual businesses to supplement their income and eventually we hope it will be their main source of income. Micro...
Sep 20, 2016

Playground Finished but Tidying Up Tasks Remain

School playground - ground to be leveled & planted
School playground - ground to be leveled & planted

The playground continues to be a heavily used and highly valued project by the teachers and children at the Agwata school.  The children, especially the younger ones, enjoy playing on all the equipment.  But in addition, it gives them the space to play with other equipment in a safe and secure area.  They can  do parachute play with their new parachute and also use smaller soft soccer balls and playground balls in the space too.  Now that the fence is installed, the teachers even use the back side of the fence which faces their housing area, as their official "clothesline" to dry their clothes.

The playground has truly exceeded all expectations as to its usefulness and value to the school.  However, a few minor but important tasks do remain to be completed if the remaining additional funds can be raised.  We need to have the ground graded so that it is level.  Right now, there are big indentations in the area where dirt was taken out as the playground was being built.  This means it is somewhat dangerous if the children are running on the playground.  In addition, grass seed needs to be planted so that during wet season weeds and tall native grasses do not grow high and uncontrolled. We also need to purchase some playground cleaning supplies and a few specific tools to keep the playground properly cleaned and repaired in accordance with the specifications of the NGO who constructed the playground.

We thank all of you for your continued support of this fantastic project!

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Jul 20, 2016

Land Fencing Completed. Working on Next Steps!

Home ownership land fencing - early July 2016
Home ownership land fencing - early July 2016

Boundary marking of our home ownership project's land was completed in April. While the architect is finalizing the development plan for the project, we were working on fencing the entire boundary of our land if it was not fenced already. Most of this work occurred during June with completion by early July.  Fencing is an extremely important step of the project to help assure that no other people try to encroach on the land by planting crops or doing other things that might delay the beginning of actual project construction.

In addition, the fencing helps prevent local animals from invading the land and destroying the temporary crops that our Ugandan women are growing on certain portions of the land as it awaits development. I personally visited the land in May during my recent trip to Uganda and saw several of our Ugandan women hard at work with some of their family members weeding crops that they had planted.

The next step which we expect to begin during August will be to construct a temporary storage/shelter building on the land so that it can house construction materials in one portion of the building while also allowing a couple of security personnel to stay on the land during construction and monitor activity on a daily basis. During this same time period and continuing into September, we will be working on getting electricity and piped water to the land.

Like Nabatanzi in the photo, our women have been continuing to save money from their business earnings for down payments on their homes.  At the present time, we are excited that six women have already achieved the savings goal for the down payment amount for a single home. Several other women are very close to the goal.  We expect to build the homes in phases of 10 to 12 homes at a time.

Stay tuned as we continue to make progress on this important project to help our Ugandan women leave the slums forever!

Women weeding their crops on new land - May 2016
Women weeding their crops on new land - May 2016
Nabatanzi at her business in May  - saving money
Nabatanzi at her business in May - saving money

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Jul 20, 2016

Playground Project a Big Success!

Playground friends - May 2016
Playground friends - May 2016

Our 150 Nursery students love their new playground.  I visited the school during May and got to see firsthand what an exciting difference the playground is making, not only for nursery students, but also the 35o primary students at the Cubu school.  Now, children actually have something to do during their recess time!  The nursery students are especially thrilled and have certain playground times which are dedicated to just the nursery students.

Playground fencing was completed during March and April. Besides allowing the children to play on all the playground equipment, it also gives them safe space to play ball games and try out the new parachute!

Children on large play structure - May 2016
Children on large play structure - May 2016
Nursery class - parachute play May 2016
Nursery class - parachute play May 2016
Nursery students on train - fencing in background
Nursery students on train - fencing in background
More nursery children at play!
More nursery children at play!
Loving their playground - May 2016
Loving their playground - May 2016

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