Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women

by Ribe Project, Inc.
Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women
Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women
Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women
Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women
Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women
Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women
Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women
Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women
Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women
Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women

Hello Lovely Supporters!

      We hope this latest report finds you in good health, enjoying a glorious summer! There has been much activity in Uganda since our last report. 

     First, good news! We have moved our office location in Gulu! Our first location was beautiful and we are grateful for the opportunity we had to begin operations there, but unfortunately, several of our beneficiaries found it difficult to get to the location on foot and could not afford to hire a boda each day for transport. Our new site is within walking distance for all of our current employees and trainees and is beautiful, located within a walled compound with a generator for power outages! We hope you will consider a future trip to Gulu to see our operations in person!

      Secondly, more good news! The Ribe Project has achieved a Guidestar Gold Transparency level ranking!  Guidestar is a nonprofit organization that analyzes charities based on impact, compliance, and transparency. We are incredibly proud to have reached this milestone.

       Thirdly, as you may have seen in the news, Uganda has seen a recent, extreme surge in Covid 19 cases and deaths. Because of this, the country has been placed under a very restrictive 45-day lockdown. Citizens must adhere to strict rules affecting, among other things, curfew, local travel, and local village market operations. All schools have been closed. These rules have made it increasingly difficult for families in rural areas to purchase food, as village markets have been severely restricted and are the only option for most families in these areas. This current situation is incredibly dire for many in terms of food and basic medical care. 

     In response to the situation, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to temporarily close our Gulu office and workplace until the lockdown is lifted and numbers of Covid cases begin to decline. This decision was not made lightly and was made only after much discussion with our Ugandan director, Gladies, and our beneficiaries. Ultimately, their safety is our number one concern. We will continue to pay salaries during this hardship, for as long as we possibly can, since they and their families are entirely dependent on the wages we provide. 

      As you can see, your donations and jewelry purchases are now more important than ever! If you have been considering donating, we hope you will choose now! We want to make sure that wages can be paid and families fed during these very difficult times. Please consider visiting our website to help the wonderful people of northern Uganda.

With much love and gratitude.

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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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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!
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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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Our new home! Almost complete!
Our new home! Almost complete!

Hello Lovely Donors!

We want to update you on the status of our project, Provide Vocational Training for 10 Ugandan Women. So much has happened since your generosity during the GlobalGiving Accelerator campaign! We have secured a safe, new facility for our women to work! We will be moving into our new home on April 1, 2020. We are incredibly excited about providing a safe and comfortable place for our trainings to take place. Our new facility has a lovely, large, walled compound where the women can work together, as well as room inside for storage and office space. Please be assured that none of your donations to our vocational training project were used for our new facility! We want to give this new group of women, supported by you, the opportunity to be the first graduates from the new facility, and for your generous donations to have the largest impact possible on improving their lives. To make all of this possible, we have decided to start this new training initiative in the first week of April. In the meantime, we are reviewing applications from women who would love to be included in our program. It is difficult to choose only 10 from the compelling stories of many women in incredibly vulnerable situations. Our hope is that we can continue to increase the size of our programs as we move forward so that we no longer have to say "no" to women due to lack of funding, thanks to your continuing generosity.

 Our CEO will be traveling to Gulu next month to oversee the move and kick off the new program you have so generously funded! More news and photos to follow soon!

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Thumbs up for The Ribe Project!
By supporting women, children thrive.
By supporting women, children thrive.
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Ribe Project, Inc.

Location: Zionsville, IN - USA
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Project Leader:
Brett Krieble
Zionsville, IN United States
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