Become an Ambassador for Grow Hope!

  

  

Hello friends~

 

There are so many ways that people impact this project- sometimes in small ways, other times in large ones.  We wanted to share one of these stories in hopes that it will inspire you to join us as an Ambassador and find your own connection to the Grow Hope foundation!

 

Last year a local elementary class decided to fundraise to send a few kids to school.  We had spoken at this school and shared with them the differences in education between the US and where we are in Uganda.  We talked about how lucky they are to be able to go to school without even thinking about it, while in our community, children will often ask for school fees before they will ask for food or toys.  We shared photos of schools in the area surrounding Tusubira Village and they were taken aback at the stark differences - dirt floors, rickety wooden benches, no supplies.  So this class took it upon themselves to raise funds to send as many kids as they could to school.

  

 

It turned out that this class was wildly successful!  They raised enough money to send TEN kids to school for FIVE YEARS.  They were given the option of either sending a large group to school for one year or a smaller group for a few years and they chose that option as they felt that it wouldn’t be fair to start them on a path of education only to remove it after a year.  This class was PASSIONATE about this project - they gave it all they had to make a lasting impact on the lives of these kids half-way around the world.  They were our first Ambassadors. 

  

  

 

This project doesn’t stop there.  They are now planning to continue to find ways to fundraise.  We are working with them to find things we can take to “their students” when we return to Uganda in October.  They are invested in these kids - these ten students with so much potential.  They have photos and names and ages.  They have connected and when we are there next month we hope to find a way to Skype so that all of these kids can “meet” and really feel what that connection means.  Friends across the world- how amazing is that?

 

We share this story with you because we are looking for Ambassadors.  We need people from all over who want to connect with this project- who want to take a part of what needs to be done and champion it.  To share this project in THEIR community and get people excited about the impact that they can make in the lives of this community.  To find a classroom that is looking for a community project where what they do is CHANGING THE TRAJECTORY OF A COMMUNITIES LIFE.  

 

If you are interested in being a part of this- please contact us.  We are happy to talk about the huge number of ways you can be a part of this movement to educate and empower this small community, so that they are able to then go and empower others.  The potential is enormous and with your help we can see it happen!

 

Email us at thegrowhopefoundation@gmail.com and become an Ambassador for the Grow Hope foundation.  We would LOVE to have you~

 

Progress on both sides of the world

Hello friends!

Can you believe it is already August? The summer is flying by and we are excited by all of the progress that is happening on BOTH sides of the world- the incredible work being done at Tusubira Village and the many tasks being taken care of here in America.

In Uganda crops are being harvested and taken to the market to generate an income for Tusubira Village.  It has been an incredible first growing season and they are definitely doing a great job of farming, thanks to the amazing mentors that they have learned from. 

 

The women in the community continue to meet to work on projects and learn new skills.  Our social worker Sharon is always on hand to facilitate conversations and work with the women to not only teach skills but help work through issues the women may be dealing with at home.  These conversations between women help bond them as a community and they are learning to work together to accomplish more than they could do alone.

 

Here in America we are working on a number of ways to fundraise to complete our first building at Tusubira Village.  The plan is to eventually have three structures on the property.  A house to accommodate Sharon as well as guests that come to volunteer in the community, a workshop that is able to be secured where we will house things like sewing machines and supplies.  It will also host educational workshops and meetings during the inclement seasons.  We also need a small one room structure where our caretaker will live full-time. This is important for the security of the compound.

 

One way we are trying to make it easier for you to be a part of this amazing adventure is by creating a site that you can go to and easily make a donation of any amount.  A couple of clicks and you are a part of changing lives on the other side of the planet! How amazing is that??

We want to thank you friends.  Your incredible support, financial and otherwise makes what we do possible.  We are grateful that you have opened your hearts to a community so far away and empowered them to create meaningful change to their health and way of life.  You are a part of the team giving them the skills needed to making a better future.  So thank you for that.

 

 

Amazing progress at Tusubira Village!

Hello friends!

So much has happened in Tusubira Village since last month, and we wanted to show you how much you’ve helped us to achieve these goals!

The building, which had walls last time you saw, is now beginning to be roofed! This building will feature a Western style kitchen, essential for processing of food to go to market, as well as rooms for doctors and travelers to stay, and an area to provide safe, clean medical care for the women, men and children. We have so many dreams for this building; a clean, indoor space can change an entire community, and your support in building it has been so appreciated.

The biggest thing right now is to finish this first building at Tusubira Village.  We need to put in electricity and plumbing, windows and walls, as well as furnish it.  As soon as that is completed we can begin using the building for all of the things we plan to offer to this community - from family planning to skills training to having a social worker on site full-time. If you’re interested in supporting the building projects at Tusubira Village, be sure to check out the GoFundMe, which is still up and running! Your contribution will help change lives.

The gardens have been a source of financial growth as well as educational wealth for the entire community. These past few weeks, school children have been touring the gardens to learn about healthy eating and growing produce. These rows of maize, beans, peppers, bananas, mangos, and much more are being sold at the markets in order to raise the money to expand the gardens. These gardens will allow the community to become self-sustaining, and teaching school children how to take care of them is a vital part of building strength at Tusubira Village.

As we’re headed into the dry season, community members are learning how to mulch the gardens and cover the soil with banana leaves. This step prevents crop loss by keeping moisture at the roots of the plants. This is just one of the wonderful skills that are being developed!

The biggest reason why this project was created is the wonderful people whom we’ve gotten to work with in Uganda. These people, whose lives are directly touched by all the work you’ve helped us to accomplish, wanted to share with you what these changes meant to them.

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Jussie, a young mother, says of her involvement with Grow Hope, “It has been a blessing to be part of this organization. A lot has changed in my life and my family… you taught me on how to feed my children which I did and they are now in good shape; my children are no longer getting sick all the time... I am also grateful… that you gave me ideas and inspired me to start up a business. I have plans of expanding my small business slowly. My life has generally changed to better and am grateful to you. I hope to learn more skills which I will use to develop myself more.”

 

Topista, who has helped rally the community around change, says “Who knew we would have friends even from America? My kids are in school…, we grow vegetables, and our sanitation has greatly improved since we got a latrine, which we didn’t have before. We have had material support from the Grow Hope Foundation, and I have learnt some skills, and I look forwards to learning more and transforming. I have many more hopes with this project, and I will stick to it until I get there.”

While Grow Hope helps to provide funds for growth, the primary goals are to provide opportunities for education and skill acquisition, which will help community members reach their goals of becoming self-sustaining and strong, through betterment of sanitation, school attendance, nutrition, empowerment of women, and many other aspects along the way.

We also wanted to say a big thank you to all who participated in the April art auction and the Tiggy & Grace shop opening earlier this month. Thanks to generous artists who donated their pieces, 100% of the proceeds are able to go to Tusubira Village. The auction alone raised almost $2000, the proceeds of which helped to start raising the roof on the first building!

The community has so many goals and projects they want to get started on. Next up are finishing the building, expanding the gardens, and getting the Porridge Project off to a good start!

The Porridge Project is a new program that will help prevent malnutrition in the area by creating the means for villagers to grow, mill, and package their own nutritional instant porridge. This porridge will not only provide school children a breakfast before a long day at school, but will provide jobs for residents, and profits through sales outside of the community.

Thank you for all that you do for the community at Tusubira Village, and thank you for allowing us to share our joys and successes with you!


 “I have learnt one thing! That in life, nothing should be taken lightly. You have taught us so many things but much of what you have taught us has always been in our surroundings.”
 –Fred, Tusubira Village Community Member