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Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda

by Hope Center Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda
Build Art & Tech Center for 400 Youth in N. Uganda

Last week, TeamHCU was involved in a car accident while driving to do a reproductive health workshop in a remote village. A truck swerved into us from oncoming traffic: fortunately, everyone in our team is still safe, healthy, and uninjured: unfortunately, the damages to repair the car are around $3,000 USD, and we're asking that anyone who is in a position to donate could give what they can to help us with these unforseen costs. If we don't come up with the funds we need for these repairs, we will be forced to make dramatic cuts to other programs, which will cause many people to go without crucial services like education, sanitary pad access, and entreprenuership loans.

The "Hope-Mobile" as we like to call her, is vital to HCU's work. Having a sturdy vehicle that can travel long distances to remote villages allows us to ensure that we can provide thousands of beneficiaries with education and access to services like reproductive health workshops and materials, microfinance loans and business training sessions, and sensitization to issues like gender-based violence and children's rights to education.

We want to ensure that all of the donations will go directly to the repair cost of the vehicle. The cost breakdown of the car repairs are outlined below: 

Donation request - $3,500 USD

Please help by donating and sharing this fundraiser page: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/repairing-the-hope-mobile/

As always, all donations are tax deductible and your donations are impacting not just the lives of the thousands who directly benefit from our program, but their families and communities. 

Thank you for your kindness and consideration,

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Dearest Donors,

We’re so grateful to you all for supporting us on this journey! The center is successfully hosting classes and is filled seven days a week, with our own educational programming in language studies, computer science, and financial literacy, as well as partner programs from local arts and dance collectives.

We are still working towards sustainability, expanding our microfinance program, trying to create marketable products for local and international sales, and working on plans for a CAFE! The Hope Cafe has been a dream of HCU’s from the start, but we are only now having the stability to think about this type of expansion. Since HCU already has a beautiful, stable building, garden, staff, and wifi, the only further investments we will need are basic furniture and a coffee machine. Since this will be a small business, we will be seeking loans instead of donations! We will pay our investors back over a 5 year period, and we will seek investors who are likely to reinvest after that period is finished.

P.S. This week is International Women’s Week!  The numbers are in and we’ve reached almost 3,000 women with microfinance loans and sanitary pad disbursements, allowing so much more human potential to be released into Northern Uganda!

If you’re in Berlin, be sure to check out our Ladies-First solidarity fundraiser party! We will be screening a short film from Ugandan actress, writer, and director Kemiyondo Coutinho. The film challenges Uganda’s “mini-skirt” bill, which holds women accountable for rape based on their clothing choices, rather than the attacker. The film will be followed by DJ sets in partnership with Berlin’s female, trans, nonbinary DJ school and collective, No Shade.

Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1857162911062581/

Or read our blog post on the event:




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Dear Family and Friends of Hope Center Uganda,

We hope this card reaches you in good health and good spirits, in warm, cozy homes and surrounded by family, friends and food. Our team, and the 3,000 amazing humans whose lives have already been impacted by your generosity, send our deepest regards and best wishes for you and your families this holiday season. Please enjoy the lovely hand-drawn cards we've attached, made by HCU's children in an arts class!

We hope that this season, you take a moment to reflect on the hundreds of lives you've already impacted with your generous donations. And, to show love for the lives you can still help.

Hope Center Uganda's latest undertaking is not an easy one. It is the most heartbreaking and urgent project we haved taken on, and we implore you to learn more, and continue to make a difference. To learn more about our Special Needs Intervention, please watch this 6-minute mini documentary or visit the donation page to save these children's lives. 

Thank you always!

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Dear Donors,

It is with great joy that we confirm that Hope Center Uganda’s flagship center is finally fully-functional, sustainable, and looking towards a bright future! We host regular education programs in literacy, computer science, women’s health, business training, and even DJ classes to hundreds of members of the local community.

However, it is with even greater urgency that we ask you to please look towards our newest project, a Special Needs Intervention for a Nodding Syndrome Care Center. This is the only care center in Uganda for children affected by Nodding Syndrome, a life-threatening neurological disease affecting an estimated 10,000 children in Eastern Africa, with increasingly heavy pockets in post-war areas of Uganda. The Nodding Syndrome Care Center was originally founded by an organization not related to us, Hope for Humans, which ran out of funding last year.

In our refusal to stagnate, or deny the community the services it needs most, Hope Center Uganda is expanding from our usual programming for this special needs circumstance to provide therapy and care for the children, and counselling and capacity-building for the center and the surrounding community. This concept is designed with the mission for the Nodding Syndrome Care Center keep its doors open and continue to help affected children, medical researchers, and the surrounding community in the struggle to understand, cope, and treat Nodding Syndrome.

To donate or find out more, check the below links: 

Hope Center Uganda: Nodding Syndrome Fundraiser

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/nodding-syndrome-uganda/

*Note: November 27, 2018 is #GivingTuesday: all donations made on this date will be matched by GlobalGiving’s corporate sponsors! For maximum impact, we would appreciate if any donations could be made on this date*

Thank you for your support!

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Classes in new computer lab- thanks interns!
Classes in new computer lab- thanks interns!

Dearest Donors,

It’s been 10 months since we first started fundraising to build the House of Hope, and we’re so excited to announce that classes have finally begun in the new center!

We have been reaching hundreds of local beneficiaries through our programs in the new facility. The center is in use 7 days a week, housing our programs in English literacy (70 kids), computer science (30 teens), female empowerment (300 single mothers), and menstrual/reproductive health(150 young women). The centre’s wifi-equipped office space allows our Program Director, Head Teacher, two Program Coordinators and two Gulu University interns to work in comfortable, modern environment from which they can send emails, update curriculums, reports, and spreadsheets, and continue developing our programs towards our ultimate goal: sustainable, growing education and community empowerment.

Moving forward, we ask that you direct any future donations to our Uplift program. Uplift currently reaches 300 women who are heads of their households with small loans which they use to grow their businesses and support their families. The average household size in Uganda is 7 people, so this means we are currently supporting 2100 people with this program. 

Economic empowerment at a household level is a key factor in ensuring parents have enough money to continue sending their children to school, and don’t withdraw them to do field work. We are so excited about the huge impact we are having on the Gulu community through this program. So far, we have had a 100% payback rate on the loans, and the interest garnered each quarter allows us to reach a continuously growing number of people. Whatever you donate to this program will be exponentially increased over time as the loans your donation provides are paid back with interest, creating an excellent model for sustainable development! If you'd like to learn more or donate, please visit https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/economic-empowerment-for-ugandan-families/

We want to take this opportunity to thank the interns who have volunteered their time with us in order to make our growth possible. They equipped the centre with computers, books, and decorations; they gave our beneficiaries attention and education; and they gave our organisation’s leaders inspiration and motivation. To Allison Daniels, Saelar Ventars, Mia Hodges, Franny Lail, Laura Dooley, Addie Lynch, Sophie Goddard, Harry Marshall, Max Davy, Vanessa Schoning, Jacob Henkels: Thank you! HCU’s programs developed exponentially this summer thanks to your involvement. For any people interested in volunteering for us, whether in Gulu or abroad, please contact hopecentergulu@gmail.com any time!

Thank you all for your support on this journey, we are so excited to see how much more we will grow together!

Literacy class- we still need more furniture!
Literacy class- we still need more furniture!
Reading time on the center
Reading time on the center's porch
Uplift financial training workshop
Uplift financial training workshop
HCU coordinators with intern/student art project
HCU coordinators with intern/student art project
House of Hope- finished exterior!
House of Hope- finished exterior!

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Hope Center Uganda

Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Project Leader:
Jamie Stuart
Gulu, Uganda
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