Mar 8, 2021

Greetings from Gulu

Our new Ribe trainee!
Our new Ribe trainee!

Greetings Ribe Support Team!

     Exciting news from our Ribe Project training program. We have a new trainee! Meet Florence. Florence is a single mother of four children and she also cares for an additional dependent. Before coming to our program, she was doing any small, temporary jobs she could find, in order to take care of her family. She is very happy to now be receiving vocational training that will provide her with new skills, expanding her job possibilities. As with our other, previous beneficiaries, she will receive a monthly stipend during her training period. Her goal is to save her earnings so she can soon start a small business of her own. Welcome, Florence!

     A quick update on everything else happening with The Ribe Project. In our last note, you met the first three graduates from our program, Concy, Adreen, and Lily. These lovely ladies continue to thrive in our Ribe family. As graduates, all three have chosen to stay on with us, being employed at a fair wage to continue to create beautiful bead jewelry, using the skills they learned in our program. We are so lucky to have them as alumnae and also as new employees!

      So far, two shipments of gorgeous bracelets and necklaces have been sent to the U.S. and are currently proudly displayed on our website (view them here https://www.ribeproject.org). The sales from these beautiful creations, in addition to your generous donations, allow us to continue to provide opportunities for women in need of assistance. As you might imagine, Covid has had a huge impact on charitable giving. This reduction in funds has affected the scope of what we are currently able to provide in the Gulu area. We hope this is only a temporary hurdle, and also pray that the sales from our jewelry collection will increase, providing the additional income we need to continue our mission. In the meantime, we continue to enjoy our Ribe family here in Gulu.

Wishing you all the best,

    Brett Krieble

     President/CEO of The Ribe Project

 

      

      

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Oct 28, 2020

Meet Our First Graduates!

Our first class in training.
Our first class in training.

Hello from Gulu, Uganda!

     SO much has changed since we last checked in with our amazing donors. In July, we welcomed a wonderful teacher, Gladies, to begin our first vocational training program. Gladies has been a blessing to our organization. Her skills in bead making, her take-charge attitude, and her rapport with our beneficiaries have all contributed to the success of this first cohort. 

     Our first class consisted of only three beneficiaries, along with Gladies as the main trainer and her assistant. It was necessary to keep our class small due to local Covid restrictions on gathering size. On August 1, Concy,  Lily, and Adreen joined our Ribe family as our first group of beneficiaries!  Each of these women came to us from very vulnerable circumstances and we are happy that we are able to provide them with an opportunity such as this.  They have worked incredibly hard and have learned their craft well, producing some absolutely stunning jewelry that you will be seeing very soon! We even had some added excitement when Adreen delivered her child during the last week of training. Our first Ribe baby! 

      The first Ribe Project graduation ceremony was quite the celebration. The graduates received certificates of completion presented in front of their families and distinguished guests (socially distanced of course). Afterward, a celebratory meal was enjoyed by all. We will be sharing more from this festive event very soon! Our three graduates are now employed at a fair wage by The Ribe Project, producing unique bead jewelry. Our search for our next beneficiaries will begin soon.

      Without your donations, none of this could happen. You are changing the lives of women and children with your generosity. On behalf of all of us here at The Ribe Project, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Our teacher, Gladies Orombi
Our teacher, Gladies Orombi
Learning how to precisely cut paper for beads.
Learning how to precisely cut paper for beads.
Our first graduating class!
Our first graduating class!
Jun 29, 2020

Providing Vocational Training to 10 Ugandan Women: Pandemic Update

The beauty of Uganda
The beauty of Uganda

Greetings Lovely Donors,

     Three months have passed since our last report, and what a wild three months it has been. As we reported in our last message to you, our plan in the spring was for our CEO to travel to Gulu to move our operations into our new home. The universe had other plans. In March, our flights were canceled and Uganda closed Entebbe airport to all incoming foreign flights, making it impossible for us to carry out our plans. Little did we know, this pandemic situation was just beginning. 

     Fast forward to today and the current situation; although the reported number of COVID 19 cases in Uganda remains fairly low, whether that be due to limited testing or actual numbers, the effect on our targeted population of beneficiaries has been extreme and has created dire circumstances. Areas of Uganda, including Gulu, are under strict, government-ordered, quarantine and curfew that has been sometimes brutally enforced by local officials. Gatherings of any size are banned from happening, prohibiting us from operating our training programs at this time. This lockdown has created other concerns for our amazing women and their families. Starvation has become a real concern. This is a statement from one of our beneficiaries on the current situation:

"We are still under curfew with schools closed for almost 3 months - fear of community transmission is real while most cases come from people entering the country across the borders legitimately or otherwise... so life goes on under the stress of loss of income for so many in a situation of already high unemployment ... people are literally starving to death while the lack of transport means getting treatment for illness is much less likely...."

     We want to assure you that all funds donated in our campaign remain safe and waiting for the opportunity to begin our next cycle of vocational training. In the meantime, we are attempting to do what we can to alleviate the dire situation our families now find themselves in. This is our community and we will continue to do what is necessary to provide assistance in any way it is needed. Our world has changed in the past three months, and we are doing our best to meet the needs those changes have created.

     We hope our next report will have good news on this situation. We will not give up, the stakes are too high. Human lives hang in the balance...

 

Sincerely, 

     The Ribe Project Team

 
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