You are empowering grandmothers to be entrepreneurs!
Ellina is a 62-year-old grandmother taking care of her grandchild, David. She owns a small shop where she sells handcrafts she's made and other products like egg plants, yellow bananas, avocadoes, pineapples, and sugar canes from her own gardens. Because Ellina is an amazing multitasker, she also raises and sells pigs.
She's received a loan of 200,000 Ugandan Shillings (about $60 USD) to help her with these businesses and now she makes about 70,000 Ugandan Shillings ($21 USD) every month. Because of her success, she is able to pay David's school fees, buy household items, take care of her personal needs, and pay for medical care.
Another loan will help her businesses grow even more! She is applying for another loan of 200,000 Uganda Shillings so she can build a pig sty and a secure storage building for the products she sells in her stores.
Ellina is a hardworking entrepreneur. Because of your support, she is empowered to escape poverty.
Did you ever think a biology lab would bring a tear to your eye?
As you look at these pictures of the two labs you've completed at NVSS, I hope you feel the full weight of what you have made possible. It isn't just that these two labs you've built are beautiful. It is what they stand for. This school that you're building is a symbol of hope to your students and the entire community. And these labs represent a key promise that is the foundation of this hope: opportunity.
Imagine for a moment what it is like to live in rural Uganda. Where your students live there is no biology lab like this one. Not one. There isn't a biology lab like this in the entire region! Secondary and vocational schools don't have computer labs--much less with internet!
Your students are going to have academic opportunities that do not exist in most of Uganda. They are going to be learning skills and testing concepts that will build up their knowledge and prepare them to excel in university.
Your students have this precious gift because of your compassion.
Thank you for making a difference!
Your girls are so grateful for the gift you have given them. Education is the key to their success.
Many girls in Uganda have the dream of pursuing a career they are passionate about. The girls who can achieve this dream benefit from more choices in their lives. They are able to get married later. They tend to choose to have fewer children. Their children are more likely to go to school.
We are always reaching to open more doors for girls in careers that have been closed to them because of sexism and discrimination. Girls have been kept from pursuing jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (called STEM fields). That is why the science labs at your new Nyaka Vocational Secondary School are so essential to your girls' success.
Recently, we finished construction on your biology and computer labs. These facilities will give your secondary students access to resources that are virtually nonexistent in rural Uganda. They will have computers with internet and a biology lab that has no rival in the entire region!
The girls you are supporting at Nyaka Vocational Secondary School will now be able to show their community what girls are capable of when you invest in them. They will have a great foundation of knowledge to make them successful in high school and university.
All of this is possible because you have supported your girls.