Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda

by The Angel Projects of America
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Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda
Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda
Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda
Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda
Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda
Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda
Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda
Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda
Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda
Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda
Women and Girls Education & Empowerment in Uganda

It's an exciting time at The Angel Projects Uganda!  Over the past months, we have implemented several new projects that have been enabling the women and girls in our program to thrive and find success, even amidst the COVID pandemic.  

Our elderly project has begun serving the older residents of the villages where we work by providing them with food, soap, cooking supplies, mattresses, bedding, and other essentials.  These elderly folks do not have any governmental support, and many of them are alone without family members to look after them.  So, The Angel Projects has stepped in to fill the gap.  We're excited about the improvements we've seen in the lives of these precious people over the past several months, and we're looking forward to bringing our newest program, the Saving Grace Project, to them in August to provide them with much-needed medical care.

The new Saving Grace Project will provide basic healthcare for the people in our villages, who often suffer greatly because of medical problems that could be easily treated, such as a headache.  The goal of this new project is to train our elderly project manager, Morrene, and some other local women in basic first-aid so that they can treat their neighbors and other community members, including the elderly.  This project is brought to us by a registered nurse from the U.S. who will be traveling to Uganda during the month of August to train these ladies; this nurse will also continue to monitor the program and provide updated training after her return to the U.S.  We are so excited to see the difference that this project will make in the lives of the locals.

Finally, during the COVID pandemic we have continued to provide food and other supplies to women who have been unable to work due to being quarantined.  This aid has enabled them to support their families despite the struggles they've faced over the past year.  We are also happy to report that all of our students are now back in school, and they are thriving because of the tutoring that we offered via volunteer teachers during the quarantine.  These young people are the future of the Rubuguri area specifically and of Uganda in general, and we're so happy that they are finding success with the help of The Angel Projects!

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The Angel Projects of America is very happy to announce the launch of a new project that will improve the quality of life of the women we work with in Uganda.  This project is called the Saving Grace Project, and it will focus on meeting the medical needs of the women and children in Rubuguri and the surrounding areas.  We will be building a first-aid station this August, and a registered nurse from the U.S. will be traveling to Uganda with us to teach first-aid techniques to our Ugandan staff members.  This nurse will also be holding seminars for the local women, and she will be teaching first-aid to young girls who are finishing high school and want to go into nursing.  We are so excited to be bringing this important project to an area where a simple scrape can become a life or death situation.

Another component of the Saving Grace Project, which we have already put into motion, focuses on helping the elderly members of the community.  In Uganda, the villagers we work with don't have retirement plans, Social Security, or any aid from the government.  Many of them don't even have support from their own families.  We have begun the process of bringing new bedding, clothing, cooking supplies, soap, and other necessities to these elderly people who have no other means of support.  We're also working on planting kitchen gardens at their homesteads so that they'll have fresh fruits and vegetables to aid in their nutrition.  Once the medical portion of the Saving Grace project is up and running, we'll also be able to provide medical care to the elderly in their homes; they have nothing like Medicare, of course, and it's difficult for some of them to make the journey to the local clinic, which is understaffed and underfunded anyway.  We're thrilled to be bringing this support to the elderly members of the communities surrounding the Rubuguri area; Joy, one of the ladies we care for, became so happy upon receiving her bedding and supplies that she started to sing and dance.  This project is already making a huge difference!

Because of all the additional work that is needed to support the Saving Grace Project, we hired a new Ugandan staff member to manage this new project.  Morrene has been a blessing to our organization; she lives locally and loves working with children and the elderly.  Morrene was raised by her grandparents, who cared for her with love until her wedding day and who continue to support Morrene and her husband with sage advice.  This is why Morrene has such a passion, respect, and love for the elderly, and she wants to give back to her community.  Morrene has been traveling all throughout the local area to bring new bedding and clothing to the elderly; she even cooks for them and bathes them.  She has also been helping with the planting of the kitchen gardens.  Morrene is working so hard as the manager of the Saving Grace Project, and we have been very happy to welcome her to our team.

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One of our volunteer teaches & the new chalkboard
One of our volunteer teaches & the new chalkboard

The schools in Uganda are currently closed due to the pandemic as in other parts of the world and The Angel Projects has been offering a tutoring service for the children in the area so that they do not fall behind in their studies. Remote learning is not a possiblity due to lack of computers, electricity and wifi as well as teaching the children how to use a computer in these remote areas.

We have four teachers who have volunteered to teach the children according to the syllabi used at the schools in the area. These children are able to continue learning together in small groups and we have opened our guest house to be used as classrooms and have had many people send support for school supplies as well as three chalkboards to help.

There just isn't enough room for social distancing, so temperatures are taken and any child that is not feeling well is asked to stay at home to keep this area free from any illinesses which could wipe out so many so quickly. Because of all the precautions that are in place (hand washing stations, masks, temperature checks, etc) there have been no cases of COVID 19 in this area.

We are hoping that schools open soon, but until then, we will continue teaching the children so they will not be left behind. Education is one of the critical components to eradicating poverty.

 

Thank you again for all your support because without it we would not be able to help these families.

The guesthouse turned classroom
The guesthouse turned classroom
Our older students
Our older students
The courtyard: classes begin for the younger ones
The courtyard: classes begin for the younger ones
Some of the school supplies
Some of the school supplies
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The Potato Harvest
The Potato Harvest

The Angel Projects has been busy over the past months in Uganda and the Philippines. The Uganda team has been traveling from village to village installing handwashing stations as well as training others on how to build them. Justus, our General Manager, has trained a great team to travel to multiple villages to install handwashing stations as well as educating the people on COVID 19 and the importance of handwashing.

 Multiple tippy taps (handwashing stations) are installed in different trading centers through the Kisoro District in Uganda and at the junction where people travel from Kisoro and heading to Nombe. These tippy taps are at the centers and junctions to show others how to build one as well as a being fully functional hand washing stations.

 As of today Kashija village, Musezero village, Kafuga village, Rushaga village, Kashasha village and Nombe village have multiple handwashing stations to help the fight against COVID19.

 Every shop in the larger villages must have a hand washing station at their entrance and the district health inspector has helped us at The Angel Projects Uganda implement this.

 The good news is that the new farm we started in Nombe last December has yielded a tremendous harvest that will help provide for the families of this village.

 In the Philippines, The Angel Projects are working with our angel Darnalie Orcino and her family who have shopped for food relief for many people who have lost income due to the COVID19 quarantine.

 They worked hard shopping and creating nutritional packages for many of the people who do not have any food or money to get any. The team were able to deliver to over 25 families. We are hoping to supply to feed more in the next week.

Justus installing the handwashing stations & soap
Justus installing the handwashing stations & soap
Sister Darn packaging food for distribution
Sister Darn packaging food for distribution

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Gard brings the seeds
Gard brings the seeds

It's official--Angel Projects has expanded to a third location in Uganda!  In December, Angel Projects Uganda began its latest farming project with the women of Nombe. The new farm was officially dedicated and blessed by the local church leadership. Irish potatoes are the crop that the women have chosen to plant, and the harvest will help them take care of their families and be able to send their children to school.

In August 2019, The Angel Projects met with these women, who have formed a cooperative called the Nombe Poverty Eradication Group, to discuss the creation of a sustainable farm. The women already owned enough land to contain a farm; they just needed a hand up in getting started. They needed farming tools and seeds, and The Angel Projects was able to help. The women prepared their fields, and Gard, one of our project managers, brought everything they needed to the village to start farming!

Angel Projects Uganda now has self-sustaining farms up and running in three different local villages as well as successful livestock projects in two of the locations.  The children in all three villages, including local orphans, are able to attend school because of the income these projects provide for their families.  It's amazing to see how some seeds and a handful of baby animals can change so many lives and encourage hope in the future because of new educational opportunities for the next generation.

We are incredibly grateful to our donors for making these amazing changes a reality.  Your generosity brings joy, pride, and hope to people who never thought such success would be possible.  

Unloading the seeds
Unloading the seeds
Heading to the farm
Heading to the farm
At the farm
At the farm
Preparing to plant
Preparing to plant
The future of Uganda
The future of Uganda
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