Aug 27, 2021

A Very Successful Trip!

The Completed Greenhouse
The Completed Greenhouse

We are so happy to report the progress being made on our projects supporting women and girls in Rubuguri, Uganda!  Our American team members spent the month of August in Rubuguri along with several volunteers, and we were able to introduce two new projects as well as improve upon our existing ones: 

Greenhouse Project:

The realization of our Greenhouse Project has exceeded our expectations, and we are so excited about the impact it’s going to have on the community!  This project began when we saw a need for fresh vegetables to fill a nutrition gap in the locals’ diet, particularly amongst the elderly.  The idea for the project was first introduced by Danielle Clark, our Angel Projects Brand Ambassador.  Danielle saw that with a greenhouse we would be able to grow produce that couldn’t otherwise thrive in this area, and we would be able to grow it year-round.  The construction of the greenhouse also fulfills another need, the disposal of used plastic, as the walls are built out of repurposed plastic bottles.  In this community, there is no garbage pickup, and the locals often burn their used plastic, releasing dangerous toxins into the air.  So, the Greenhouse Project is the perfect solution to this problem.  Danielle spent the past two years designing the Greenhouse Project and was planning to oversee its construction and implementation this summer.  However, due to COVID restrictions in her country, she was unable to come to Uganda this year.  We were concerned about how the Greenhouse Project could successfully continue without Danielle.  Then, we were blessed by Stacy Majchrowski's joining our mission.  Stacy has extensive experience with gardening, and she’s very creative as well as tenacious.  Through her leadership, the Greenhouse Project was completed ahead of schedule, and we are now growing lots of green vegetables that will be much needed additions to the local diet.  One of our Ugandan staff members, Gard, has taken over as Project Manager for the Greenhouse Project, and he’s been doing a great job watering and maintaining the seedlings, which are growing quickly!  Many members of the community have come by to see the greenhouse, and some have expressed an interest in building a greenhouse of their own.  We’re confident that this will be a self-sustaining and long-lasting project that will positively impact the entire area.

Saving Grace Project:

This year, we had a special volunteer with us: Grace Foster, MSN, RN.  Grace brought the Saving Grace Project to our mission, teaching First-Aid and over-the-counter treatments to young women in the community who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing.  Not only is this a great opportunity for these women, but these are also much needed skills in this community with little access to healthcare.  The topics covered this year were hand hygiene, taking vital signs, caring for minor wounds, bandaging major wounds for transportation to the hospital, choking, and initial CPR.  The program was a success, and the girls learned several important skills that they can use to help others in their community, particularly the elderly as these young women are also part of our elderly project.  These ladies now also have a solid foundation to build upon as they continue their education in the medical field.  Another part of the Saving Grace Project was weekly seminars for community members taught by Grace and our General Managers, Justus and Syliver.  Each week, ten community members came to our campus to learn about hygiene, nutrition, and basic First-Aid.  This knowledge will enable them to make their families and communities healthier and safer, and these seminars are scheduled to continue weekly throughout the next year.  We are so thankful for this new project and the positive changes it will make in our community!

Nursing School Sponsorship:

We are so happy to present to you Ava, the first recipient of Angel Projects’ nursing school sponsorship! Ava attended one year of nursing school, but because of extenuating circumstances and financial difficulties, she was forced to drop out. Ava is a talented and promising young woman as well as a hard worker and an accomplished student, so we didn’t feel we could just stand by and allow her to lose her dream of becoming a nurse and helping her community. Ava was part of the Saving Grace Project this summer, and at the end of the program, we told her that we will be sponsoring her return to nursing school. Ava is so excited to continue her education, and on her school breaks she plans to return to the Saving Grace Project to share her knowledge with the other young women in the program and to help serve the elderly and other members of the community. Ava is very intelligent, fluent in English, and determined to succeed. We feel so blessed to be able to contribute to her future, and we can't wait to watch her thrive!

Sprinkles of Joy Bakery Project:

Our bakery project, Sprinkles of Joy, has grown quite a bit in the past two years!  Danielle, the Project Manager, has been faithfully supporting and guiding the project from home in Scotland, and the ladies here in Rubuguri have mastered their special corn muffin recipe, which is now being sold locally in four different tea shops and one tourist lodge.  This summer, our volunteer Stacy Majchrowski brought several new recipes to the project and taught the bakers how to make them; they have learned to bake banana muffins, carrot muffins, and lemon muffins.  The ladies have been making the banana muffins successfully on their own, so this is the next product we will be marketing throughout Rubuguri.  We’ve also brought back Danielle’s delicious passionfruit jam, which we’ve already sold to two local lodges.  The most exciting news this summer is that we’ve hired a new staff member to join Angel Projects Uganda; Demas will be in charge of the Bakery Project and the production of the passionfruit jam to complete ongoing orders.  He will also help with the greenhouse and anywhere else he’s needed.  Demas has been part of the Angel Projects family for a long time; he’s a trained chef who has provided all our meals during every mission we make to Rubuguri.  We’re so happy to bring him on with us full-time!

As you can see, the Angel Projects Uganda is flourishing, and we know that all these wonderful projects are only possible through the support of our sponsors, so THANK YOU!  You are making a life-changing difference in Rubuguri; this community will never be the same because of your love and generosity.

The seedlings are growing!
The seedlings are growing!
The Ladies of the Saving Grace Project
The Ladies of the Saving Grace Project
Class is in session!
Class is in session!
Sprinkles of Joy Bakery
Sprinkles of Joy Bakery
Ava
Ava
Jul 24, 2021

Still COVID-Free

Thank you so much to all of our sponsors who have helped us keep the citizens of Rubuguri, Uganda, safe and healthy!  We are happy to share that there have still been no reported cases of COVID in the area, even while the country of Uganda is experiencing a surge in new cases.

Our on-ground team has continued to maintain our tippy-taps, or handwashing stations, which they installed at the onset of the pandemic at personal homes, schools, churches, and government buildings.  Along with the installation, the staff members have also educated the locals on how to properly use the tippy-taps as well as on other methods of illness prevention.

Our most exciting update is that this week the U.S. staff members will be traveling to Rubuguri along with some volunteers to set up the new Saving Grace project, which will bring much needed medical care and first-aid to the area, including COVID testing.  This project is being headed by a trained U.S. RN who is generously donating her time, knowledge, and supplies to make this idea a reality.  We are most excited about the impact this project will have on the elderly members of the community, many of whom live alone in the mountains and lack the resources and transportation to seek help at the local government-run clinic.  Through the Saving Grace project, we will bring the healthcare to them!

Thank you again to our sponsors for helping to make the world a better place--we appreciate you!

May 4, 2021

New Projects Lead to a Thriving Community

It's an exciting time at The Angel Projects Uganda!  Over the past months, we have implemented several new projects that have been enabling the women and girls in our program to thrive and find success, even amidst the COVID pandemic.  

Our elderly project has begun serving the older residents of the villages where we work by providing them with food, soap, cooking supplies, mattresses, bedding, and other essentials.  These elderly folks do not have any governmental support, and many of them are alone without family members to look after them.  So, The Angel Projects has stepped in to fill the gap.  We're excited about the improvements we've seen in the lives of these precious people over the past several months, and we're looking forward to bringing our newest program, the Saving Grace Project, to them in August to provide them with much-needed medical care.

The new Saving Grace Project will provide basic healthcare for the people in our villages, who often suffer greatly because of medical problems that could be easily treated, such as a headache.  The goal of this new project is to train our elderly project manager, Morrene, and some other local women in basic first-aid so that they can treat their neighbors and other community members, including the elderly.  This project is brought to us by a registered nurse from the U.S. who will be traveling to Uganda during the month of August to train these ladies; this nurse will also continue to monitor the program and provide updated training after her return to the U.S.  We are so excited to see the difference that this project will make in the lives of the locals.

Finally, during the COVID pandemic we have continued to provide food and other supplies to women who have been unable to work due to being quarantined.  This aid has enabled them to support their families despite the struggles they've faced over the past year.  We are also happy to report that all of our students are now back in school, and they are thriving because of the tutoring that we offered via volunteer teachers during the quarantine.  These young people are the future of the Rubuguri area specifically and of Uganda in general, and we're so happy that they are finding success with the help of The Angel Projects!

 
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