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

by Hope Center Uganda Vetted since 2017 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
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

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:




Links:

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!

Links:


Attachments:

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!

Links:

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!

Links:

Mia collects loan payments for Project Uplift
Mia collects loan payments for Project Uplift

Dearest Donors,

We're almost there! We want to start off with a huge thank you for your commitment to our project so far. In the past few weeks, our engineering team has finished up painting the interior and exterior of the building, installing electric wiring systems and building a septic tank and indoor toilet. In the next weeks, the team will build a second outdoor toilet for the kids, and a small veranda around the house to avoid drainage issues. We still hope to receive donations for solar panels, so the center can be fully self-powered!

The office space in the center is already in use by our local team and this year’s first group of summer interns, Mia Hodges, Allison Daniels, and Saelar Venters, who have been working with us in Gulu for the past month. Their enthusiasm and hard work is leading to great developments in our microfinance loan program, Project Uplift, which we hope to expand over the summer months. Through providing small loans to local women and giving them financial trainings, we support the family members of HCU’s kids and build our reputation in the local community, while raising money from the interest received on the returned loans. We are happy to report that our return rate is still currently 100%!

Thank you again for your continued support! We look forward to keeping you updated with our growth this summer, when we will be able to see the House of Hope come to life!

Almost done!
Almost done!
Office space already in use!
Office space already in use!
Finishing touches: interior paintwork
Finishing touches: interior paintwork
Veranda construction to prevent drainage issues
Veranda construction to prevent drainage issues
Preparing classrooms for furniture!
Preparing classrooms for furniture!

Links:

 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Hope Center Uganda

Location: Gulu - Uganda
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Jamie Stuart
Gulu, Uganda
$21,890 raised of $20,000 goal
 
121 donations
$0 to go
Donate Now Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.