Empowering women and children in Lingira

by Tawi Inc.
2010 Travelers departing to Lingira Island
2010 Travelers departing to Lingira Island

Greetings Donors and Supporters,

Our travelers returned from Lingira Island August 4th. They accomplished so much and brought back plenty of new ideas for this upcoming semester's projects. One of our directors, Alisha David, wrote up a wonderful blog post detailing their trip with lots of beautiful pictures! Check it out on our blog: http://wisconsinedgeproject.blogspot.com/2010/09/lingira-summer-2010.html#links

Our fall kick off meeting last week was a great success. We were so glad to see lots of new faces and our returning members, of course! I'm sure this semester will bring about great things for EDGE!

Stay tuned for more updates later in the semester, especially information about our 2nd Annual Banquet in November! Save the date!

As always, we greatly appreciate your generous support!


Dear Donors and Supporters,

It may be summer break, but the EDGE Project is working harder than ever! Our travelers, Abby Beissinger, Georgette Condos, Alisha David, Anna Koel, Karla Lund, Elise Mann, and Dashni Sathasivam, arrived safe and sound on Lingira Island yesterday afternoon, and are already getting started on their projects!

Attached, please find the latest EDGE Project Annual Report. The report outlines our accomplishments last summer, work over the course of the academic year, and upcoming projects. We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months!

Thank you for your ongoing support!


Dear Friends and Family,

Spring is in the air and EDGE is coming alive with even more passion, drive and commitment. The continued success of the EDGE project would not be possible without each and every one of you and your continual support! Over the past couple of months, EDGE as been working hard to move forward as an organization and YOU inspire us to continue our projects with added enthusiasm and dedication.

There are fresh new faces getting ready to lead EDGE next fall! We are currently electing new board members that will carry on our passion and inspire others to do the same. Be sure to follow us on our blog and our monthly newsletter, The EDGEside, to see what these new EDGEsters will bring to our projects!

This semester, students are hard at work, researching and designing projects to be implemented by the next group of student travelers in the summer of 2010. With the knowledge gained from our previous trip last summer, student researchers now have a better idea of community needs and sustainable ways to effectively address them.

You can read more about these projects as well as our projects implemented this past summer on our blog at www.wisconsinedgeproject.blogspot.com

Again, thank you for your continued support and generous donations. You give us hope that we are making a difference and inspire us to keep doing what we do!


Sincerely, The EDGE Project Team


Dear Friends and Family,

A lot has happened with EDGE over the past several months and we would once again like to thank each and every one of you for your continual support! We all genuinely appreciate it and know that without you, none of the success we had this past summer could have been possible.

The eleven EDGE members who traveled to Lingira Island, Uganda this past summer each had an unforgettable experience and were able to implement some amazing projects during their 5 week stay. Some of the projects include: -donation of a grain mill to the secondary school -Farmer’s Association -Family Planning Association -Global Studies curriculum -Community Organizing workshops -Girl’s soccer team

Back in Madison, students are back to work, researching and developing new projects to be implemented by the next group of students in the summer of 2010. This year, with students who have been to the island already and have a better idea of the conditions in the community, the projects are looking to be even more effective. The new bunch of passionate and driven EDGEsters are all very excited for the next trip to Uganda!

You can read more about the projects implemented this past summer as well as what is going on with the projects this semester on our blog at www.wisconsinedgeproject.blogspot.com

A couple of weeks ago, on November 11, EDGE Project held its First Annual Banquet. It was a lot of fun and a huge success! We are so thankful to all of you who were able to attend, and make sure to look out for EDGE Project’s Banquet next year!

Thank you all so much once again for all of the support you continue to give us, it is truly inspiring. Without your generous donations, our work would never be able to reach the amazing people of Lingira Island who TRULY deserve it.

We will keep you posted on our progress, and make sure to follow us on our blog and new monthly newsletter, The EDGEside!


Sincerely, The EDGE Project Team


Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you so much for all of your support during the Global Giving Challenge. Thanks to your dedication, we were able to raise $10,940 in a three week period! That put us at FIRST Place in the Challenge and we were awarded a $3,000 bonus from Global Giving and Northwestern University! All of your donations will go toward the EDGE community development project for the people on the island of Lingira, Uganda.

We would have liked to send you all individual 'thank you' notes, but donor information has not yet been released to us. In the meantime, we have been working very hard to prepare for our upcoming project- our first group of student researchers departs for Uganda on June 23rd!

On May 30th we are hosting our first Annual "EDGE Project: High School Social Justice Conference" on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. We will be working with Madison youth to think critically about global engagement as we facilitate workshops and organize supplies for the Lingira project. Students will be working to gather Healthcare Supplies, School Supplies and Clothes as well as compiling literature, posters and lesson plans to facilitate our various projects. You can read more about our individual project proposals on our blog at: www.wisconsinedgeproject.blogspot.com Check out our Literature Links in the right side-tab to read detailed Project Descriptions, our Proposed Itinerary and Budget for 2009-2010.

Eleven UW-Madison students have committed their Spring semester and the upcoming summer to the EDGE community development project in Lingira, Uganda. Three of our student researchers will be meeting in Uganda on June 23rd to lay the groundwork for our projects. The second group of seven student researchers will be arriving July 13th to help implement projects and carry out more detailed research for our future projects. We could not be more exited or motivated to get to work- thanks to encouragement from PEOPLE like YOU!

Again, thank you so much for your support. You have truly made a difference by enabling our group of dedicated students to learn best practices for planning and co-implementing community development service projects with one of the most marginalized communities of Uganda.

We will keep you posted on our Progress.


Sincerely, The EDGE Project Team


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Organization Information

Tawi Inc.

Location: Arlington, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​tawiuw.org
Tawi Inc.
Project Leader:
Paul Atwell
Madison, WI United States

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