Copyright 2011 Global Backpack Project
The Cycle of Giving - Project UGANDA
Back in School
In many communities around the world education is free, but a uniform is required to attend school. The money needed to purchase a uniform is more than many families can spare. As a result, many children do not attend government-sponsored public school simply because they do not have a school uniform.
When DoJiggy heard this, they awarded GBP a grant to purchase uniforms for the children of Bwetyaaba Primary School. Many children who were not attending school are now able to join their friends in school. Thanks, DoJiggy!
The Next Step
Global Backpack Project is grateful to have reached its goal of completing Phase 1 of Project UGANDA. In total, 300 children received new packs and supplies and 104 children who were not in school have returned to class with new uniforms.
GBP is now focused on completing its commitment to Bwetyaaba Primary School by providing an additional 350 girls and boys with needed school supplies.
You can help! 100% of all donations to Project UGANDA is allocated towards the purchase of backpacks, school materials and uniforms. No donation is too small. Donate online today. Thank you.
Circle of Kindness
More than 800 members of the community attended the special ceremony at Bwetyaaba Primary School on April 14, 2011. The children of the school were taught "the circle of kindness" before receiving their new backpacks, school supplies and uniforms. This donation from people they have never met has given the children a new thirst for learning.
GBP exists to encourage a desire for learning by helping children feel prepared for school. We seek to make a difference in the lives of children, just as they seek to make a difference for themselves and their community.
Two Communities Work Together
April 14, 2011 was the "brightest day in the history of Bwetyaaba Primary School" says BUVAD chairman Stephen Ssemutumba. At a special ceremony, children of the school received new backpacks, school supplies and uniforms. Teachers, parents, school administrators and other members of the community were all on hand to share in this special occasion.
GBP was able to make this possible with the help of our local community and partner organizations in Portland, Oregon. We extend our deepest gratitude to the individuals and organizations who donated backpacks, school supplies, money, time and professional expertise to our grassroots effort. We believe that together we can do more and appreciate each and every one of you.
One of the guiding principles of GBP is to support local economies whenever possible. GBP's partner organization, BUVAD (Butakoola Village Association for Development), was able to use the DoJiggy grant money to create jobs for local tailors to make school uniforms for children of the Bwetyaaba Primary School. With a high local unemployment rate, this cycle of giving had a broad reach into the community at large. Thanks, BUVAD!
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