Build Learning Centre for 4,000 Children in Kibuli

by 40 days over 40 smiles Foundation
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Build Learning Centre for 4,000 Children in Kibuli
Build Learning Centre for 4,000 Children in Kibuli
Build Learning Centre for 4,000 Children in Kibuli

I hope the first quarter has been kind to you.

This year, 40 days over 40 Smiles Foundation celebrated its 7th Birthday! Yaay!

We certainly would not have come this far without your support. It is humbling to look back at how far we have come and how much further we have to go.

It has been a difficult year for us, especially financially, and yet even then, we have continued to put one foot infront of the other, thanks to our incredible support system.

We welcomed 35 new interns in January. They will spend the rest of the year with us, volunteering under our flagship program, Angaza and working in the different departments of the Foundation.

The class of 2018 graduated on 5th Februrary in a colourful ceremony. Many of them continue to volunteer with us.

So far, we have hosted one successful fundraiser, #4040Night. We raised a surplus of Ugx 5,963,000 (approximately $1,650) for our outreach programs.

We also organised a Masterclass for the interns. The topic was "How to write a winning grant proposal and improve your chances of funding success." It was both fun and educative.

As an update on the progress of our learning centre, we have raised a little more than half of the funds we need to set it up. It is ging slower than we anticipated but we have not lost the faith.

We are currently looking for partners who can help us raise the other half and/or provide the materials needed. 

We have sent a number of proposals and held discussions with individuals and companies who can provide in kind support in form of building materials and also help us stock the centre with items such as computers, games and learning aids. So far, we have hundreds of books and some learning aids which will add life to the centre when it is up and running.

We will keep you posted on the progress, as always.

 

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It is that time of the year again! Merry Christmas!

We are so glad to have made it to the end of yet another year with you.

This past quarter has been about learning and growth. We can't wait to get to work for our first learning centre but as we plan for it and continue to raise funds, we are also gathering information, doing as much reserach to prepare us for what lies ahead.

We have spent time visiting other resource centres across the country and learning from those who have gone before us. This process has left us both anxious and excited. We believe that 2019 is the year when we will have our first centre in place and we just can't wait.. Visualising this gives us the zeal to go forward. But motly, it is your generosity which keeps us going as we would never have got this far without you!

 As always, we will keep you posted with other uodayes as we go along.

In the mean time, a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Have an amazing 2019, we have a good feeling about it. Don't you?

 

Love,

Team 4040

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4040 mentors
4040 mentors

Hello friend!

I hope that you are doing well.

It has been a busy and exciting year for us. In our last report, we shared about our internship program. It has been a learning journey and we continue to grow from these lessons.

Last month, we paired our interns with professionals in related fields. Our hope is that their mentors will give them professional support as well as life skills which they will impact them long after the one-year program has ended.

We continue to work with the interns and volunteers in different communities as we engage children and their parents. This work is laying a foundation for our learning centres which we hope to build in different slum areas, to benefit both in and out of school children.

Most recently, we concluded 4 weekends of robotics and art classes for children in Kibuli. We hosted an open day where parents were invited to view their children's work. It was humbling to hear their feedback about the improvement in their children's vocabulary, understanding and creativity thanks to our learning approach.

Together with the community, we spent the last weekend of June cleaning Mulimira zone, a slum area in Bukto. We used this opportunity to sensitise them about proper garbage disposal and recycling. It was a beautiful expereince having the adults and children work together in unity. We encourgaed them to host monthly clean ups.

In the meantime, we are still hosting a number of fundraising events to reach our $23,000 target in order to set up our first learning centre.

We appreciate your support and look forward to achieving our dream, together!

With love,

Team 4040.

The launch of the Mentorship program
The launch of the Mentorship program
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T-shirt printed by the children
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Bracelet making

Hello everyone!

 

We are so excited to update you on our new developments. 

This year we introduced our inaugural internship program. 25 interns were selected out of a pool of 94 applicants. These brillinat young people are in charge of facilatating our Angaza literacy program. Every week, they work in community Primary schools in slum areas to teach children to read, write and express themselves. So far, we have seen great progress with the 180 children we work with. It is little things like watching them get out of their shell or learn to spell a new word that give us the chills. We look forward to even bigger milestones!

The interns were tasked with starting their own projects for out of school children and have since formed 4 groups covering Bukoto, Namuwongo, Kansaga and Banda. Uganda has some of the highest school drop out rates in the region. It is imporatnt for us to also engage children who do not complete the school cycle. At least 200 additional children will benefit from this program.

As a build up to our first learning centre, we have incorporated skills training to our program. This is because the centre will be a one stop plcae for children to not only read but also learn skills and practice what they have learnt.

During weekends, we partner with individuals and organisations to teach children while having fun in the process. So far we have taught bracelet making, art, dance and poetry. We plan to incorporate other activities like robotics and computer lessons.

 

In the meantime, we thank you for your continous support and look forward to reaching the finish line with you.

 

Blessings!

Community engagement
Community engagement
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4040 Interns
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More smiles

We are still working in community schools within Kibuli.

We recently hosted a Christmas party for the children and it was so much fun.

As part of our ground work, we are meeting local leaders and parents to discuss all the possibilities and how best the learning centre will benefit the children.

All this is happening as we work hard to raise the balance for the first  centre.

Additionally we have published 4 books written by Ugandans for Ugandan children. We are excited to share our stories with children all over Uganda and the world. We can't wait for them to read about heroes and heroines who look just like them.

 

We thank you for your continued support and will keep updating you as often as we can.

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Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Project Leader:
Esther Kalenzi
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