to feed, care for, and educate the children in his local community. Uganda does not have a public education system similar to ours in the United States. Families in Uganda have to pay tuition and school fees, and these costs are out of reach for most people.
Robert has worked tirelessly to earn and help raise the funds necessary to purchase a small piece of land and construct the school shown here.
It's the first such school in this region, and they cannot grow fast enough to meet the demand that exists in this area. Funding is a constanst struggle, and their goal is to be self-funded.
Maize (corn) is a food staple in Uganda. In fact, most of these kids probably eat posho (think cornmeal or grits) for two or three meals per day.
We are raising money for a maize mill, which would allow our friend Robert to partner with local farmers to turn their crops into cornmeal or cornflower, greatly adding value and creating a stable food and income source for Maisha. Robert estimates that milling maize will earn them as much as $50/day. It's hard to convey just how much money this is – this would be a game changer for them.
By the time you import it and pay taxes, the total cost of the maize mill will be around $4,000. Robert has already raised nearly $1500 on his own, so we're trying to push him over the finish line. Consider chipping in a few bucks, and please tell your friends about it. About 50-60 kids in western Uganda, including two who Lisa and I love deeply, will be grateful.
- Chelsea Daniels
- Nicole Maurer
- Rachel Jabaily
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