Apr 25, 2016

S.O.U.L. Community Center Opens in Iganga!

S.O.U.L. staff in front of the Community Center
S.O.U.L. staff in front of the Community Center

S.O.U.L. Foundation has recently completed our four-room Community Center in the Iganga District of Uganda! It will consist of a regional office, classrooms for tailoring and teaching, computers, and several other programs that we will be implementing soon. Due to the great partnership with the GlobalGiving community, we were able to implement all of the funds raised directly into the infrastructure of the building, completing it in early April 2016.

The original idea for this project began two years ago with the vision of the Iganga community members. After constructing a latrine at a local primary school, establishing two goat cooperatives, and accepting 36 new Iganga students into our student sponsorship program, we began constructing a new Community Center. This new center will allow us to continue growing our food security and education programs in the district and continue working in partnership with the community to launch additional programs in the coming years. Thanks to your support, we will be able to serve over 150 community members daily at this center through innovative, community-driven programming.

Just this month, we welcomed the Iganga community members to the Community Center grand opening ceremony. It was a day of celebration with the community members, whose excitement about this new initiative attests to the strength of the community partnership that S.O.U.L. has established over the past two years in Iganga District. The Head Teacher at Buyanga Primary School in Iganga District welcomed S.O.U.L. with the following message:

It gives me the pleasure on behalf of the school administration, management, and the entire Buyanga primary school community to warmly welcome you all to this place. In a special way, I am delighted to welcome the S.O.U.L. Foundation. Thank you for coming. I wish to convey my sincere gratitude for your love and support to the vulnerable people of this area, without which no successful development would be realized…. I honestly extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to the S.O.U.L. Foundation and everybody present for this day and wish you good deliberations.

We can’t wait to continue our partnership with this community as we continue to expand in the area! Take a look at the photos below to see the new Iganga Center and our grand opening celebration. You helped make this happen!

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Sponsored students help welcome S.O.U.L. to Iganga
Sponsored students help welcome S.O.U.L. to Iganga
Community leaders speak at the opening ceremony
Community leaders speak at the opening ceremony
Co-Founder and other staff welcome the community!
Co-Founder and other staff welcome the community!
Ribbon cutting ceremony and official opening
Ribbon cutting ceremony and official opening
Community and staff celebrate the new initiative
Community and staff celebrate the new initiative

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Jan 29, 2016

Progress on our community center in Iganga

The most recent update from Iganga.
The most recent update from Iganga.

Though not much time has passed since our last update on the construction of our new community center in the Iganga District of Uganda, we have incredible progress to report!

Thanks to your support, S.O.U.L. has broken ground on the newest physical expansion of our organization. The center now has four walls, a roof, and windows to let the beautiful sunshine in. The idea for this project began two years ago with the vision of the Iganga community members. We started working with the community then, and have since constructed a 7-stance latrine at a local primary school, established two goat cooperative with 40 women, and accepted 36 students from the new district into our student sponsorship program.  Once the Iganga Center is complete, we will be able to launch even more programs providing educational and economic opportunities serving over 150 community members daily.

Just this week we’ve turned our attention to plastering the walls of the new community center, carving out an area for a latrine and clearing the roads to create a safe path to the door. We hope to open by the end of February. Take a look at the photos below to see how far you’ve helped us come in the last few months!

Soon after we broke ground back in the fall.
Soon after we broke ground back in the fall.
Four walls, beginnings of windows in December.
Four walls, beginnings of windows in December.
Some of the local youth excited about the center!
Some of the local youth excited about the center!

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Nov 3, 2015

Iganga: Creating Opportunities for Education and Empowerment

Land donated by the Community!
Land donated by the Community!

With your generosity, S.O.U.L. has demarcated and cleared the land in partnership with the community for the Center and will break ground on construction soon!

Due to a huge demand, we started working with community members in Iganga two years ago and have since established a women’s goat cooperative and installed a 7-stance latrine at a local primary school for 950+ students that previously had no bathroom at all. We also accepted 10 students from the rural area into our student sponsorship program.

With the establishment of the Iganga Educational Center, imagine how many more people we can serve! The Center will provide a place for educational opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom, for children, youth, and adults.

Across all programs, we expect 150 community members to use the new center daily, including families like Sylivia’s. Sylivia (pictured) is one of the first students accepted from Iganga into the S.O.U.L. Sponsorship Program. She is one of eleven children at home, a house of six girls and five boys. Her father was lost to cancer, and her mother struggles to get school fees and money to support her children. Her favorite subject is social studies and she aspires to be a doctor when she’s older because she wants to save lives. Through the new sponsorship program in Iganga, she is receiving access to education that otherwise would be impossible for her family to afford.

The new Center in Iganga will allow us to accept more students, like Sylivia, into our programs and will provide educational and empowerment programs to her family and hundreds of others in Iganga.

Latrine built in local school
Latrine built in local school
Sylivia, a S.O.U.L. sponsored student!
Sylivia, a S.O.U.L. sponsored student!
Site of local women's goat cooperative
Site of local women's goat cooperative

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