These past three months have been busy with planning and organizing for past and upcoming events!
On March 22, Global Backpack Project took part in a benefit concert held in Portland, Oregon. The concert was produced by one of our local partners, Compound Media Productions. The concert benefited not only GBP, but two other not-for-profit organizations, Using Sport for Social Change and HELP Jamaica. The night was a success and the performers were wonderful.
We are also in the process of planning for our second annual Back to School Fun Run, to be held on August 25th in Portland. If you will be in the Portland area in late August, please join us at the run. We would love to have you there. More information can be found on the GBP website at globalbackpackproject.org.
In 2012, thanks to your donations, GBP was able to support 276 girls and boys at the Bwetyaaba Primary School in the Kayunga District in Uganda by providing backpacks, school supplies and locally-produced uniforms. Although schools in Uganda are free, parents and/or guardians still need to pay for books, supplies and uniforms. In rural areas, such as Kayunga, farming is the primary source of household income and the ability to pay for school can be challenging. Children may start school, only to have to drop-out mid-way because money is no longer available. The importance of staying in school is critical - each additional year of schooling can often increase a person’s earnings by up to 10 percent.
Stephen Ssemutumba, the Executive Director for Butakoola Village Association for Development (BUVAD), the local organization that coordinates support for the Bwetyaaba Primary School, hopes to expand the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Care and Support program to neighboring schools in the district. This would increase aid from 670 children to 2500 children in the region.
Recently, we received a message from Stephen expressing how GBP support has helped the Bwetyaaba Primary School, “We are very grateful for your support. Indeed the GBP donations and support have created a big impact on the education standard and life of the children in this school. Today you find nearly 60% of the children smart and happy at school. The children have a totally different outlook and improved performance both in class and in society. Every community meeting I or my team members attend, you can never miss out a comment of appreciation for this great work!”
Please consider joining Global Backpack Project again in our continued support of Stephen and the boys and girls of Bwetyaaba Primary School by making a donation today on Global Giving.