Jamie's Birthday for Hope Center Gulu

Hi everyone,

May 13th marks 25 years of my presence in this world! To my family and friends, your welcome.. And I’m sorry, but here I am to ask you for money yet again. 

As usual, I will be donating all my birthday gifts this year to Hope Center Gulu. While I’d love to hug you all in person and receive cash donations for the Center, this year we have to make do with virtual hugs and online donations. If you’d like to show me your love and put a smile on my face, please donate to help us keep the center running and reaching those in the most need during COVID-19. 

I co-founded the Hope Center alongside a badass team of local and international women in 2015, and I’m lucky that since then, Gulu City in Northern Uganda has become my second home.

It breaks my heart to hear the struggles that regular people there are going through, while in most developed countries I hear complaints mostly limited to boredom and an imaginary threat of empty toilet paper or hand sanitizer: products which have increased up to 400% in price in Northern Uganda, a number which pales in comparison to the 800% rise in food prices in Gulu City. Other issues are rising too, and there are a few that the Hope Center aims to tackle:

· Families are experiencing actual food shortages – not just imagined ones in supermarkets

· Individuals who lived day-to-day completing jobs have no income or savings to provide for their families and buy what little food is available

· These stresses are tearing apart family structures and, where those are not allowed to move freely because of the lockdown, leaving many to endure abuse at home.

I can assure you 100% of proceeds will go towards supporting local communities in the following ways:

· Providing free seeds and crops for households to develop their own reliable and independent food source

· Contributed towards relocating women and children from abusive households to relatives who can care and support them

Furthermore, HCU is maintaining all our Ugandan staff on full salaries. As well as applying for funding and distributing food to vulnerable people, our amazing team continues growing our Girl Power program by producing and distributing our eco-friendly reusable sanitary pads to vulnerable women and girls. 

Please help us help those women and children who live in the most marginalised communities in the world experience a glimmer of hope in this extremely challenging time. 

Project Uplift Video Here 

Hope Center Gulu Website Here 

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Big love and best wishes from Jamie <3 

Organizer and beneficiary

Jamie Stuart
Chapel Hill, NC
Ella Simmons and Jamie Stuart

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