St Stephen Children's Centre in Uganda
$15,889 of $50,000 goal
READ ON TO FIND OUT ABOUT OUR PROJECTS AND FUNDRAISING EFFORTS FOR ST. STEPHEN CHILDREN'S CENTRE IN UGANDA!
I met Ben in the fall of 2000 when I was volunteering in Makondo village in Uganda, Africa. He was a young man working on the farm where I was living and I sponsored him to complete his studies. With only $1500 in start-up funds, Ben completed a diploma in animal husbandry and a certificate in computer applications, opened a veterinary and a human medicine shop in his village, applied to and was accepted for an agricultural internship in the Netherlands for students from developing countries (having never before left Uganda), and returned to start a non-government organization in his village. Having been an orphan himself with limited resources for education and other basic needs, Ben endeavored to create a centre for the children and underprivileged people in his community.
Now Ben's organization St. Stephen Children's Centre runs a school for over 250 students aged 4 to 14 years and offers various training programs and outreach supports for AIDS-affected and orphaned children and youth, farmers, women, and the elderly. It is registered as a community development organization with Masaka District Local Government in Uganda [Registration number CD 5429].
Together, Ben and his organization have fundraised enough money to build a school. Students from the school collected and carried each individual brick in while volunteers in the community helped to build the two buildings. Fundraising in 2013 helped to build a roof for the school. Now we are fundraising to complete the remainder of the school, including floors, doors, windows, desks, chairs, electricity, computers, a water harvesting tank, and a school library. We are also accepting donations to help pay teacher salaries, provide lunches to underprivileged students ($20 feeds one child for a month), offer training and workshops to community members, and help with income generating projects (e.g., a hen for $8, piglet for $20, or goat for $40 can then be used to sell eggs and milk).
St. Stephen's Children's Centre is single-handedly helping to improve the quality of life of HUNDREDS of people in Ben's community.
Please rally your community to help support his. If everyone can post on Facebook, tweet about it on Twitter, and share this page with people they know, even small donations can make a very real and tremendous difference to the underprivileged people of Makondo. Let's work together to help support St. Stephen Children's Centre!
Together we have raised over $15,000 and have managed to bring a roof, solar electricity, 2 water harvesting tanks, 2 hippo rollers, and a water well to this centre and community!
With your support, we have also managed to grow into a larger organization and are now registered as The BC Society for St. Stephen Children's Centre in BC, Canada (bcsociety.ststephenchildrenscentre.org).
All fundraisers and donations will now be done through our society.
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Thank-you to GoFundMe for helping us to fundraise and support our centre over the past 3 years. You have helped change lives! :)
With your support, we were able to raise enough money to get another rainwater harvesting tank for the centre and to partner with the Ugandan Water Project to repair a broken borehole well in the area.
We are very excited to say that our Pirate House (piratehouse.ca) fundraiser on Halloween night was a big success!
A huge thank-you goes out to everyone who came to visit us, promoted us in the news and social media, and donated to our fundraiser! A deep thank-you also to everyone who helped us out, including Chandra who did all of our media campaign and PR throughout October, Frederic who donated tattoos of his gorgeous piratehouse artwork to sell, Mark who photographed our event again this year, Rodney, Benjamin and Emma who helped to set up the display, and Diane who helped with food preparation and handing out of the Halloween candy! Thank-you crew!! A sincere thank-you also goes out to Audrea & Harald, the Bakyala Twekembe Craft Group, the Magezi Ntakke Youth Woodworking Group, the Days Inn, the Listel Hotel and the Wickininnish Inn for donating items to our auction! You can check out photos of our big night at piratehouse.ca/The%20Gallery/Last%20Halloween/index.html
Thanks to all of you, we were able to raise just over $1700 to go towards our clean water project! THANK-YOU!!! Although this isn't enough to get a newly built borehole water well in the village, it is enough to get a rainwater harvesting tank! This makes water much more easily accessible during the rainy seasons, and minimizes students' and villagers' time and effort wasted to get water upwards of 3 km away in the nearest swampy area. This is a great gift to this centre!
But with just a few hundred dollars more we could partner with the Ugandan Water Project and repair a broken borehole water well in the area, giving this village access to clean water year-round, even during the dry seasons! So if you haven't already and are interested in donating, please help us to reach our goal by donating here.
For those who are interested, here are a few more fun details about Pirate House 2015:
- We lucked out with a gorgeous sunset and clear weather after a stormy start to the day!
- We had well over 300 trick-or-treaters, many of whom were old regulars who specifically came out to support us and enjoy the display, as well as some new folks who heard about us on CKNW, The Burnaby Now and through online listings and blogs.
- Our pumpkins even got some special recognition and promotion by News 1130 and Smile Town Dentistry in Burnaby. :)
- Our #bestpirate social media contest (piratehouse.ca/The_Contest.html) had a successful first run, with hundreds of dedicated fans tweeting and voting for their favorite pirate, as well as some donations! We even had a few celebrities who either "retweeted" or "favorited" us, including Michael Raymond James (Neil/Baelfire in Once Upon a Time), Lynne Smith (mother of Matt Smith, the 11th doctor in the Doctor Who series), and Ron Gilbert (creator of the game The Secret of Monkey Island), who were able to generate a lot of publicity for us given their very large followings on Twitter. In the end, it was #hook who sailed far ahead of the rest with well over 200 votes! #captainmal came in second and #doctorwho third. Thank-you to all of the people who voted and participated in our first #bestpirate contest!
- We also had a very special real-life #bestpirate this year! Amber is an actress from Seattle who heard about us because of our Once Upon a Time script up for auction last year. She is a huge #hook fan and not only voted for him in our #bestpirate contest, but also gave the largest donation this year in addition to bidding on and winning 3 of the items in our auction! Not only that, she actually IS a real-life honourable pirate - a trained swordfighter who also believes strongly in supporting charities for clean water and girls' education! Amber, ye truly be ARRsome!! Please be sure to check her out on www.imdb.me/amberrainey or www.amberrainey.info and on Twitter at @AmberRRainey!
Thank-you all for making Pirate House 2015 a big success and for continuing to be extraordinary supporters of St. Stephen Children's Centre! This year we celebrated our 10-year anniversary and all of the achievements and milestones we have reached together. Pirate House alone has brought in a roof for the nursery school, solar electricity for the centre, and a rainwater harvesting tank! Thank-you all for being a part of this wonderful endeavor! As they say in Uganda, WEEBALE NYO!
Tell us who you think is the #bestpirate in the "leave a comment" box when you donate. Each dollar donated counts as one vote!
Who will win a place of honour in our Pirate House display? Will it be:
May the #bestpirate win!
Here at St. Stephen children's centre we understand that you may not be able to come to our community to help with different projects. You can however join from home to the fundraising initiate for a roof for our nursery classroom block. Your contribution will help bring long lasting changes to the lives of vulnerable children in Uganda. Thank you so much.
Any contribution made will make a difference Thanks.