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
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Happy New year!

It seems like only yesterday we embarked on this journey together. How grateful we are that we still have you here with us!

This month has been action packed, as we interviewed and selected new intern-volunteers for the 2020-21 period.

Over 40 amazing young people are joining  us to make magic. We are concluding the on boarding process next week and then we can get down to work.

 

A good number of these interns will be doing the behind the scenes work to ensure we follow the right procedures as we set up the learning centre. These interns will be specifically tied to our flagship literacy program, Angaza. We are excited and scared in equal measure!

 

We have shared an artistic impression of what we envision, refurbished containers and some greenery for a great experience indoors and outdoors. Pretty cool right?Watch this space and we will be toasting to the real thing soon.

 

We truly believe this is the year!

With your support and our perseverance, it is only a matter of time.

 

As always, we will keep you posted.

 

May 2020 be fulfilling for you.

 

Cheers!

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How is it the end of August already?!

This year has simply flown by. You have kept us going, in more ways than one!

As you might already know, we have not yet hit our target for the first learning centre which we intend to set up. The good news is that we are close! We are finding new, creative ways to raise the remaining balance.

 

We were priveleged to host Leena, from Global giving last month. We spent a wonderful day together visiting the communities we work with and discussing best practices. She not only has a warm personality but she was also quite helpful in sharing ideas.

One of the communities we work with in Kabalagala has agreed to provide space for the centre. (Yaay!) This will be their contribution to the process. They will also help with the construction when the time comes. This is all quite exciting for us especially because we endeavoured to involve the community from the very beginning.

While we were concerned about leasing costs, they seem keen on letting us utilise the space indefinitely as they appreciate the inspiration behind the dream, having worked with us consistently over time.

Special shout out to the area Local Concillor, Carol who has been supportive throughout the process.

 

We will keep you posted on the progress.

Your support is invaluable! Thank you for sticking with us.

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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
T-shirt printed by the children
T-shirt printed by the children
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Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Project Leader:
Esther Kalenzi
Kampala, Uganda
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