Even in relatively prosperous America, with state-sponsored education through high school, many families struggle to feed and clothe their children so they can benefit from education. In rural Uganda, in which only primary education tuition is paid by the state, fewer resources are available to help struggling families send their children to school. And when a family barely manages to cover the incidental expenses of putting a child through primary school, they are unlikely to have the resources to pay for secondary school.
The St. Augustine Community Love Programme (SACLP) in Nebbi, Uganda identifies the disadvantaged students whose educational expenses we support with your help and administers the local Farming God’s Way sustainable farming methods training program. It also organizes local charitable works projects.
This month, SACLP will be re-thatching roofs for two widows whose roofs need to be replaced.
Cultivating Community excitedly announces local shoemaking in Uganda! The Shoes for Kids project is off to a running start, and eight shoemakers now have materials and tools to make shoes for children to protect their feet from “jiggers” in the upcoming rainy season—and can now train new shoemakers.
We plan, with your help, to purchase more sewing machines and materials for more shoemakers, so this new local industry can stay the course.
Transforming Individual Lives, Today thanks generous sponsors and donors for cultivating community together. On September 23 2016, Garrison Keillor led a fundraiser benefiting isolated rural Ugandans in memory of Alec Johnson‘s work in the region.
Sponsors contributed a total of $50,500:
- Neil Gaiman
- Orgel Wealth Management
- The Informalist
- The Lismore, Eau Claire, WI — A Doubletree by Hilton
- Northwestern Bank
- Lasker Jewelers
- Weld Riley
- Markquart Toyota
- Summer and Dr. Nate Stewart
Thanks to those who purchased 620 tickets to attend the fundraiser, an additional $37,249.21 is available.
Finally, generous donors, many of whom also attended the fundraiser, donated an additional $24,981.27.
It adds up to $112,730.48 to help rural Ugandans build local community through education and sustainable infrastructure and agriculture.
The money will be used primarily to educate orphans and impoverished students who have shown academic ability and willingness to work, and to provide educational resources such as teacher housing and wells near schools. In particular, it covers the projected costs for education for children that Alec had identified as particularly deserving of his own support before his untimely death. Without these funds, most of these children would simply be unable to attend school.
While this was a fund-raising event, the benefits are not only financial. Thanks are also due to wise and compassionate attendees who shared their experience, knowledge, and wisdom gained in related work.
Garrison Keillor, Alec Johnson’s cousin, author and creator of the Prairie Home Companion, has offered to help raise funds supporting projects Cultivating Community supports, continuing work Alec started primarily in Uganda, as well as in Haiti, Mexico, and China. He will perform “An Evening for Africa,” Friday, September 23, at 7:30pm at the State Theater in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Money raised for the “An Evening for Africa” fundraiser on Sept. 23 will go towards:
- Educating students of all levels in the rural Nebbi District of northwestern Uganda.
- Micro-banking. This program, devised by Alec in 2012, has been very well received, and now involves thousands of women. It is directed by the St. Augustine Community. Each group is formed with $100 seed money, with up to 100 women joining for a small fee. Mens groups are next.
- Sustainable agriculture education includes training in techniques that enrich the soil and crops.
- Support of limited programs for orphans and of elementary education for poor students.
Tickets to “An Evening for Africa” are $60. Premium tickets at $150 include a reception before the program and an opportunity to meet Mr. Keillor. Tickets are available at www.eauclairearts.com or by calling (715)832-2787.
Please join our sponsors as they support building sustainable local communities.