Mission trip to Bukibokolo, Uganda!

$10,500 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 119 people in 31 months

Help us fill our suitcases!! I have until Aug 10th to raise $10,000 (or more!) to help five hundred children in the mountainous Bududa District of Eastern Uganda! For the past four months I have been working with Hands of Action International and now it's time to finally meet the kids I've grown to care so passionately about! I will be staying in the small village of Bukibokolo for 3 weeks to photograph and document the daily joys and struggles, little moments, hopes and challenges, as well as the work that is being done to help those in need.  I will be observing where help might still be required and praying for guidance that I might somehow be used as a conduit for further action. 

I have a feeling that this will be the first of many trips. God has given me deep purpose in this work and it is my wish that you will join me on this journey, not only as a donor, but also as a friend and fellow care-taker of those who are in deepest need.  No donation is too big or too small!

My Story:

My name is Jessie Marianiello. I am a full-time portrait artist, fine art photographer, writer, philanthropist, adventurer, lover of life and animals and God. 

On November 8th, 2014 the love of my life, Carl Bratlien, was tragically killed in a car accident. He was only 35. We had our whole lives ahead of us, but in a split second, everything as I once knew it was shattered. God brought me to my knees and, in doing so, my life was forever changed.

The day that Carl died is the day that I gave my life to God. Raw. Vulnerable. Curious. Believing. This is a part of that journey. In April it led me to a 10 year old orphan girl named Joy and now it's leading me even deeper, to a mountain village in Eastern Uganda where I have fallen in love with an entire group of children. 


There's just no turning back now. Please, take this journey with me.

My Mission:
I am joining the 2015 Hands of Action International  core mission team and will be traveling to Uganda August 11th-31st. My role will be to photograph, film and document the lives of 500 precious individuals and their community to help further promote the work that is being done in this remote mountain village. 

Hands of Action works tirelessly to feed, clothe and educate approximately 500 kids. Some of these children are orphans and others simply don't have enough family income for even one meal a day, let alone a pair of shoes. Yes, it is a story you may have heard many times.  And yet...I feel led there in a dynamic way, to be a voice for these children who might not otherwise be heard. 



What Your Donation Helps Pay For:
*Medical Supplies for the Bukibokolo community
*Art materials for 500 students
*Photographic equipment rental
*Ugandan Fair Trade purchases for futher fundraising
*Misl. travel expenses and Bukibokolo missions needs

You can learn more about me at:
*My website: Stray Dog Arts
*My personal blog: If This Is Grace


"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." ~John 14:27

with gratitude and love,
Jessie Marianiello

God bless you!


Prefer to send a check via snail mail? 
No problem!
Checks can be made out to: Jessie Marianiello

Send to:
Jessie Marianiello
c/o Stray Dog Arts
PO Box 1217
Bemidji, MN 56619

Thank you!
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This message is from the WHOLE gang!!! :)
This amazingness is just too cool to ignore!

With extreme amounts of love and gratitude from,
Jessie, Louie, Ella, ol Hairy Legs and a whole lotta kids that I'm soon to fall in love with.
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WE DID IT!!!! Oh, my friends!!! Through the generous hearts of 113 donors, we BLEW THIS FUNDRAISER OUTTA THE WATER!!! My heart is SO full and I am thoroughly encouraged. There is something inside of me whispering (whispering quite loudly) that this is just the beginning. Stay tuned, beloveds. I do believe that this journey will be worth its weight in gold. Plus some.

I love you, dear hearts! YOU did this!!!! I am blessed beyond words to be surrounded so completely by individuals like you.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.: ~ Romans 15:13

God bless you, my friends!!
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Well folks...within about TWO minutes of posting the donation reward for a custom painted pet portrait, I got a call from Jeff and Sara Anderson to let me know that they wanted to sponsor at "The BIG Dawg" level! I am made speechless by the way God is providing so abundantly!!

For the past 3 years I have been traveling around the world photographing and painting stray dogs. It is a professional project that evolved in great strides once Carl and I put our adventurous hearts together. And now...God is taking those ideas and evolving them even further. How fitting that the love of dogs should be a part of this journey!

Meet Deuteronomy Blue, Arlo Leviticus and Genesis Nelly...three VERY loved Italian Greyhounds who are going to have their portrait painted by yours truly!
God has a plan. I do believe He's had one all along. My heart is so very full right now. Thank you Jeff and Sarah!

MAY ALL DOGS BE HAPPY!
"The BIG Dawgs"!!
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Oh, my friends...calling all BIG Dawgs! In celebration of tonight's Fox9 News segment I am offering ONE extra special reward of a custom painted portrait by yours truly to the next $2000 donor! If you've been considering commissioning a Jessie Marianiello original of your pet, now is your chance to truly make your investment count! 100% of your painting's proceeds will go towards Uganda project funding.

Custom commissioned prices start at $2,000. Your donation entitles you to a canvas up to 12"x18". Want to go bigger? You can use this amount as credit towards whatever size canvas you'd like! Prices range between $2,000-$5,500.

Learn more about my paintings at www.StrayDogArts.com

Claim your reward at:
https://www.gofundme.com/KidsOfUganda2015/donate?amt=2000

May all dogs and KIDS be happy!!! XO
"Bruno" :: 40" x 20" Oil on Canvas
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Jean Robin Martell
31 months ago
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What a great way to sponsor a child - through a classroom! Thinking of the children in the small town of Blackduck connecting with a child in the village in Africa warms my heart! Little Jennifer will have so many pen pals! Great things are happening because of you and the others going on this trip!

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Jean Robin Martell
31 months ago

AWESOME! You are starting out on the best possible footing~ A successful fund raiser (beyond successful), love from so many people to take with you, the spirit of Carl with you, God guiding you forward, your many talents and gifts, and your awesome love and dedication to these kids....wow girl you have it all! I will pray for you and everyone there daily!

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$10,500 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 119 people in 31 months
Created July 17, 2015
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BH
$25
Bella Harsh
30 months ago

God Bless you and your mission

BL
$50
Brenda and Steve Linn
30 months ago

Love to you from Nature's Gate Farm and the herd.

SD
$100
Stephen Deckee
31 months ago

Love u Tammy sue

$250
Anonymous
31 months ago
EC
$25
Erin Conley
31 months ago

Wishing you an incredible journey!!

JH
$670
Julie Harris
31 months ago

Love always wins, Jessie. xoxo

SN
$30
Sarah Neumeier
31 months ago

What a journey you are about to embark on. I hope that it fills you up in all the ways you are open to and in ways you can't anticipate. The lives of all you touch are enriched by your willingness to live from LOVE. Next love conquest the children of Uganda.

KB
$100
Kathy B
31 months ago

As a young recent widow myself, I have found much solace in your writing. I will also be praying for you and for the next chapter in your life. God bless.

MK
$50
Melody Kruzic
31 months ago

So excited for all that God has and will continue to accomplish through you!

Jean Robin Martell
31 months ago
1
1

What a great way to sponsor a child - through a classroom! Thinking of the children in the small town of Blackduck connecting with a child in the village in Africa warms my heart! Little Jennifer will have so many pen pals! Great things are happening because of you and the others going on this trip!

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Jean Robin Martell
31 months ago

AWESOME! You are starting out on the best possible footing~ A successful fund raiser (beyond successful), love from so many people to take with you, the spirit of Carl with you, God guiding you forward, your many talents and gifts, and your awesome love and dedication to these kids....wow girl you have it all! I will pray for you and everyone there daily!

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