Dear Friends and Supporters,
We thank you for your continued contact and taking time to stay in touch. This is the time of the year when both writing and reading reports gets to be fun.
Since the last report, we’ve been working to reopen lines of communication with our friends and EDGE supporters abroad. There are now only six short weeks before our traveling group begins their 30 hour journey to Uganda and we’re intent to hit the ground running. Our marquee project, Quench Lingira will ultimately be our priority, but will not overshadow our other projects. Among them are plans to revamp the garden project from last year. We know that it has successfully produced some foods, improving the school’s diet, but we hope to better connect it to the community and push it as a learning center. Another team is looking at the grain mill building, which EDGE commissioned for a project several years ago. The hope is to inaugurate this space as a public and secular space where children and adults can learn, share, and do things without the pressures associated with other public areas. In this space and others, we will also be posting large-scale maps of Lingira and the surrounding area. This has nothing to do with navigation, but rather is meant to help Lingirans see their home with a new perspective. For more on these, please email. We will provide a final listing of our projects and planned activities as the trip nears.
On campus, we have two more events planned for the semester. Coming in less than two weeks is a benefit concert and bag-o tournament (Beats and Bags Benefit) at Varsity Hall. We hope to have several relevant organizations at the event. That will be on April 21st. Shortly after, we will be hosting the first of a series of annual student organization soccer tournaments. This is partially self-promotion, but is more so an effort to push the idea of a student organization community where fellow do-gooders can informally share their goals and how they pursue them via friendly relationships.
We also welcome back Sam Matthews and Elise Buchbinder who represented EDGE at the Clinton Global Initiative University in D.C. last weekend. They will bring back lessons learned from fellow students all the way to the musician, Usher. These two, along with Paul Atwell and Kristin Harrington, conference with the EDGE Project founders. This was especially productive as an evaluation of how EDGE has fulfilled its vision and how its vision has and will change in the future. In light of recent criticisms directed at developmental organizations, we also discussed the mission and integrity of EDGE. As always, feedback, criticism, or encouragement are always welcome. Emails us at email@example.com or any friend or contact you know in EDGE Project.
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