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OBS! För personer som är bosatta i Sverige, går det bra att Swisha till +4670 213 96 07 för att stötta barnen i Mgahinga Primary School. Jag kommer registrera din donation inom 24h till denna sida. Detta är fördelaktigt då hela beloppet går oavkortat till barnen i byn, om ni väljer att donera via hemsidan så går en del av din donation till gofundme.com.

Svensk version, vänligen se längre ner.
English version 
I will be traveling to Uganda between January 6 and March 30, 2018, to volunteer in Mgahinga. Mgahinga is a small village (6 560 ft. above sea level) near Kisoro district in Southwestern Uganda. I will mainly assist with Physical Education & English lessons at the primary school. As well as teaching, my ultimate goal is to be there for the children of the village and do whatever I can to support them. The school that I will be at is called Mgahinga Community Primary School. This small village school as about 120 students who are active as of today.

The people in the village were severely affected when the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park was founded in 1991. You might have heard or seen the movie "Gorillas in the Mist," which is about this area. Large parts of the indigenous population were forced to move, and in connection with the move, lost much of their agricultural land that they otherwise feed on. This has resulted in a housing shortage, poverty, and starvation that prevails in today's situation.

In a country perspective, Uganda is now the largest refugee-hosting nation in Africa with over 1 million refugees.

Why am I doing this?
In the majority of my life, I have made choices that primarily favored myself and my immediate surroundings. Today, we live in a materialistic world, but I know that is not the way of life for everyone. Materialistic things can bring happiness briefly, but three things that bring everlasting happiness to the world are love, respect, and time. Growing up, I was never short of these things.

After some reflection, a desire to give love, show respect, and share my time with the people, and mainly youth of a third-world country came to my heart. By paying it forward to the people of Mgahinga I will be able to fill the void that I have been feeling in my life. With this opportunity, I will be filled with pleasure knowing that I am helping complete strangers, who were not privileged as much as I was growing up.

My goal is also to influence others to do something similar, doesn't have to be this extreme, you could start by sharing this site!

There are five classrooms which looks like this. Funds will go to finish these classrooms with floor, walls and blackboard with furniture.

Where will my donation go? Please see updates!
I'm not trying to raise money to make this trip possible. I have already paid my own expenses for this opportunity. You have my word that your donations will go without any deductions and 100% accounted for humans who really, truly need it.

My planned purchases at this stage are primarily basic goods like pharmaceuticals, clothing, and food. School materials and soccer balls will also be purchased for pupils at the school. This is something that will be clarified once I reach Uganda and Mgahinga and can then pinpoint their biggest needs. The result of the fundraiser will reflect what we can achieve with the money. If there turns out to be a lot of interest to donate, we will be able to purchase something big! The sky is the limit! At the bottom of this page, I have compiled a ladder of what we can accomplish together. Commitment and passion can make up for pretty much anything!
Any donation, no matter how big or small will have a huge impact on all 120 children at the school!

Funds will also go to finish this veranda with floor and fence.

If my story alone was not enough to make you want to donate, please still consider donating purely because I will be spending 12 weeks using a bucket to wash and a hole in the ground for a toilet.

To join me on this adventure I would love for you to follow ”sweganda” on Instagram. This will also be a platform for you to directly see how your donation(s) came into use, and the impact it had on many people’s lives. During my time in Uganda, I'll be posting frequent updates so you can see the change!

Addition!
To give you donors something back for your support I will be adding a ladder of two levels for SEK donated. If you reach assigned target, I will make sure to execute below.

500 SEK / approx. 60 USD - I will send you either a video or letter from a student of Mgahinga Primary School. So please specify what you wish and correct adress the letter should be sent to.

1000 SEK / approx 125 USD - Memorial Wall Donation, I will put up your name on the memorial wall of the school. So you will always be a part of Mgahinga Primary School.

Of Course any donation no matter how small or big will make a difference and have a huge impact on the children of Mgahinga.

Their old school with kitchen to the right.

To find out more about MCDO and the community I will be working with please see www.mcdou.org

Someone great once wrote, ”Be the change you wish to see in the world.” And with your help, we BOTH can make that happen.

Prislista / Price list
KR / USD
10 KR / 1 USD - 
You can buy one loaf of bread
15 KR / 2 USD -
You can feed eighty children at Mgahinga Community Primary School a portion of posho
25 KR / 3 USD -
You can buy 100 pencils
25 KR / 3 USD -
You can buy 18L water
35 KR / 4 USD -
You can buy 50 pens
50 KR / 5 USD -
You can buy 2kg of salt 
60 KR / 7 USD -
You can give a child emergency medical treatment
70 KR / 8 USD -
You can buy 10kg of beans
85 KR / 10 USD -
You can buy 10kg of rice
100 KR / 12 USD - 
You can buy one soccer ball
150 KR / 16 USD -
You can buy over 100 books
180 KR / 20 USD -
You can buy 30 bars of soap
225 KR / 25 USD -
You can buy 80 pairs of socks for the children at Mgahinga Community Primary School 
225 KR / 25 USD - You can buy one school desk
1000 KR / 120 USD -
 You can buy 150 quick tests for Malaria
25 000 KR / 3000 USD -
 We can build an entire playground

Pictures below are from the old classrooms with school motto.

Svensk VersionJag kommer mellan den 6 januari & 30 mars 2018 infinna mig i Uganda för att volontärarbeta i Mgahinga en liten by nära Kisoro i sydvästra delen av Uganda. Jag kommer främst hjälpa till med Idrott & Engelska lektioner på skolan men framförallt finnas där för barnen och finnas där som stöd för dom. Läs fritidslärare. Skolan heter Mgahinga Community Primary School och omfamnar idag ca 120 elever.

Människorna i byn blev hårt drabbade när nationalparken Mgahinga Gorilla National Park grundades 1991. Ni filmfantaster kanske har sett filmen ”De dimhöjda bergens gorillor”, den är inspelad i det området. Stora delar av urbefolkningen tvingades flytta och förlorade i samband med detta mycket av sin jordbruksmark som de annars livnär sig på. Det har resulterat i bostadsbrist, fattigdom & svält som råder ännu i dagens läge.

 Varför gör jag det här?
Jag har genom åren varit det där barnet med extremt stort ”ha begär” som alltid haft den längsta och dyraste önskelistan till jul. Då jag alltid haft en del försäljning i mig fick jag ofta min vilja igenom i slutändan. En bortskämd skitunge kanske andra vill beskriva det som. Än idag lever jag i en väldigt materialiskt värld med dyra teknikprylar och saker som jag egentligen inte behöver. För att addera på ovan så har jag i majoriteten av mitt 27 åriga liv gjort val/ handlingar som i första hand gynnat mig själv & min närmsta omgivning.  

Visst mina föräldrar kanske uppfyllde lite för många materiella önskningar men det är inte i närheten av all kärlek, respekt och tid jag fått av dem. De tre värdeorden vill jag nu ge vidare till barnen i Mgahinga.

Efter mycket reflektion & filosoferande så har en vilja om att hjälpa någon annan än mig själv brutit sig fram. Lusten av att hjälpa någon annan, någon jag aldrig träffat förut. Min förhoppning är även att påverka andra att göra något liknande, kanske inte lika extremt men att göra något. En början kan vara att dela denna länk.

Vad kommer min donation gå till? Se uppdatering.
Vill tydliggöra att jag inte försöker samla ihop pengar för att göra denna resa möjlig. Jag har redan betalat alla mina egna kostnader.

Ni har mitt ord på att era donationer kommer gå i sin helhet, oavkortat, utan avdrag till människor som verkligen behöver det. Jag är där för att hjälpa dem och vill även ni hjälpa till så kommer vi ha möjligheten att göra det i större utsträckning.

Mina planerade inköp är i förstahand basvaror som läkemedel, kläder & mat. Även skolmaterial & fotbollar kommer att köpas in till barnen. Detta är en punkt som kommer bli mer uppenbar när jag kommer fram till Uganda och Kisoro. Resultatet av insamlingen kommer spegla vad vi kan göra av pengarna. Visar det sig att det finns ett stort intresse så kanske vi kan bygga en lekpark eller renovera deras skola. Ovan finner ni en lista på vad vi tillsammans kan uppnå.

Jag har skapat ett separat konto enbart för donationspengar som är kopplat till både Swish & GoFundMe.

Vill du Swisha gör du det till +4670 213 96 07

Jag har i anknytning med denna resa hört av mig till olika företag om de vill hjälpa till och svaren har varit över all förväntan. Hittills har AIK, DIF och Ricoh Sverige AB valt att hoppa på tåget.

Vill ni läsa mer om organisationen & byn, kan ni göra det på www.mcdou.org

Har ni andra idéer eller vill komma i kontakt med mig gör ni det enklast via WhatsApp på tfn nr +256 773 808898 

Om ni fortfarande inte finner någon anledning att donera så tycker jag att ni kan överväga det enbart för att jag kommer bo utan el, duscha med hjälp av en hink och gå på toaletten i ett hål i marken i tre månader.

Jag skapat instagram kontot "Sweganda". Det kommer användas som en platform för er att följa mig under resans gång och vart era donationer kommer gå.

Det var allt för nu, mer uppdateringar kommer framöver.
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Fundraiser Summary!

So to summarize what we managed to achieve in Mgahinga, Uganda I have now uploaded before and after pictures. We have built five new classrooms for this school and much more!!

Before it was neither floor, walls or ceiling, only the foundation of the school was in place. When I reached Mgahinga, the construction was on hold due to financial issues. Together we managed to make this school complete. What your funds have done here is a miracle and the village do not understand how we managed to build a school in only 3 months. I am very happy for the success of this fundraiser and being at the very end here I Uganda. I want to thank everyone that has been a part of Sweganda and gofundme.com for making this possible.

Please take your time and look at these pictures to see your impact you have made down here. This would not be possible without you. People from all over the globe have been supporting this campaign.
Before leaving Uganda, Mgahinga with some spare funds, Me & my girlfriend Sara selected five pupils which have good grades and really trying they're very best in school but also living in families who are struggling financially. They are all girls and there are many reasons for this, there is a big need to support the women in this country.
Your donation to this fundraiser will support these five girls moving towards a bright future.

Future and upcoming projects
- Build, new kitchen and dining
- Build, new toilets
- Build, new playground
- Start a scholarship award for the best performing student in P.7 every year

For now, this fundraiser will be put on hold/ pause, I hope you all enjoyed following the Instagram account and its progress.

I can recommend anyone doing this. It will not only it will also change your life. The way you think, the way you see the world and your everyday living.
Once again thank you for your support!
Classroom
The school with pupils and teachers
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Short Update*
School has started and the kids are so wonderful and excited to be back. Myself have been teaching English and Math for kids in p-3 & p-4.

About the project:
Two classrooms are finished and the rest in progress. Tomorrow we are buying doors and windows for the school. 25 windows & 5 doors plus laboring.

A estimated total cost of 10 000 SEK

Thank you so much for ur donations!
Within the next weeks you will see a great progress being displayed on this page with before and after picture.

Even small donations at 25-50-75 SEK will help Mgahinga Primary School!

Hugs from Uganda
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BIG NEWS!!

I want to be completely transparent with you about all costs, and where your donations is being spent. So where almost ALL the money have gone so far is towards the school we are finishing. In regards of funds I decided to start with only two classrooms, simply two weeks later we reached the budget for finishing rest of the classrooms and veranda.

Yesterday was a hectic business day for me going around to all different sorts of resellers and craftsmen to negotiate the best prices. It is really different from Sweden.
So from looking at the table below you can see every single expense so far.

- Cement 200 Bags 6 100 000 UGX
- Gravels 5 Lorrys 1 000 000 UGX
- Sand Black 6 Lorrys 820 000 UGX
- Sand White 11 Lorrys 1 785 000 UGX
- Pipes for water 20x 34 000 UGX
- Electricity 60 000 UGX
- Labour 3 600 000 UGX
- Black Oxide 5 Kg 40 000 UGX
- Transport Cost 110 000 UGX
- Fence 2 000 000 UGX
- 10x Footballs 400 000 UGX

Gives us a total of
15 949 000 UGX = 35 439 SEK = 4 424 USD

I want to clarify that before this campaign even started, this was a school construction that was standing completely still! It was half-way built without floor, without walls, without a veranda. I am so honored to say together we got this project up and running again and by the end of this trip we will finish building a school in Uganda, Mgahinga.

I am so proud of what we have managed and every single one of you that donated and supported this campaign in any matter!

I am getting so much love and appreciations over here from the locals for the project we have started. Today I even got to meet the major of Kisoro for showing his gratitude for this fundraiser. Some others in the village want to buy me a piece of land here so I can become Ugandan. This has gone way above my own expectations and I COULD RECOMMEND anyone to do something similar, truly a lifechanger.

To end this update, I want to keep sending some encouraging words to maintain the momentum of donations. If you that haven´t donated yet, please consider doing so. I promise you will see where your money goes and what impact it has over here. I know money can be tight sometimes but even a small amount will make a difference. After donating you will follow Sweganda on instagram to see daily updates, videos and photos from the project and my life here in Uganda.

Future donations will be spent on
- Schooldesks 250 SEK a piece
- Paint and Paintbrush for the walls
- A grand entrance to the primary school (please see future instagram post)
- Upgrade watersystem and hygien for their bathrooms
- Upgrade their kitchen

If you have any questions i´ll be happy to answer them.

This school will empower students for many generations to come!

In process of plastering the walls!
Work on the veranda
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Dear Donors and Supporters of Mgahinga,

So we have been working four days on the school and achieved great progress already, the crew of one engineer followed by 10 construction workers has been working really hard and putting a lot of hours in. We have finished flooring in both classrooms now we are starting with the walls. By the end of next week we should have two classrooms, the veranda and the roof completed.

What will happen with the money we fundraised so far on this Sweganda campaign?
I am so full of happiness that we been able to reach our goal of 25K already and this should be enough to cover all five classrooms together with the veranda, if we stay on budget which we have done so far.

For future funds I have plans to
- Make the Mgahinga Primary School closer to it´s goal of being self-supported with a solar system on the roof and a watertank to collect all the rainwater.
- Fresh´n up the toilet´s and connect the water tank so they can wash properly with soap after using the toilets.
- Upgrade their kitchen, please see pictures to understand why.
- Buy rainboots for the students, right now most of them are walking around barefoot or with sandals, with this climate it will truly become helpful for them and one pair cost 40 SEK / 5 USD
- Take the kids for a field trip to a culture & conservation center down in the city, so they can see how their ancestors use to live and learn about the land they live in.
- Stock up on food and hygien products for the school.
- Buy Footballs for a local football team and the Primary School.
- Long term plan is to build them a playground, right now assessing the area and costs for this.

From now onwards I will raise 10 000 SEK each time we reach the goal, meaning the new goal is 35 000 SEK, after that is reached we will go for 45 000 SEK and so on.

Also want add a little something for future and past donations, to give you donors something back for your support, I will make sure below statements will be executed if you reach assigned target of SEK.

500 SEK / approx. 60 USD - I will send you either a video or letter from a student of Mgahinga primary School. So please specify what you prefer and correct adress the letter should be sent to.

1000 SEK / approx 125 USD - Memorial Wall Donation, I will put up your name on the memorial wall of the school. So you will always be a part of Mgahinga Primary School.

This means I will be spending a lot of time painting all the names of everybody who´s donated 1000+ SEK to Mgahinga Primary School on a Memorial Wall on the side of the school. so a little piece of you stays in Uganda forever. Will also work as an reminder to the kids that there are people out there who care about them.
This is a small but lasting reminder of the huge impact your donation has made to the kids of the school.

So far, these names will be put on the Memorial Wall of Mgahinga Primary School.
Hannes Hokke
Matteo Poropat
Jonas Carlberg
Sara Ahlén
Barb Gerald
Kjell Jansson
Anders Gunnarsson
Tony Eriksen
Michael Alm
Ricoh Sweden
Stefan Östlind
Sercan Can

Below is a list of people who are getting really close, with SEK left to make the wall.
Kearstyn Fox, 200 SEK
Patrik Johannesson, 250 SEK
Chris Kayondo, 200 SEK
Elisabeth Söderberg, 500 SEK
Elisabeth Myrby, 500 SEK
Tobias Becker, 500 SEK
Jesper Kask, 500 SEK
Thomas Landergren, 500 SEK
Daniel Gustavsson, 500 SEK
Jonas Nordström, 500 SEK
Michael Muller, 500 SEK
Philip Sandström, 500 SEK

Of course any donation no matter how big or small, even 50 SEK will make a difference here. The poorness and third world reality is hard to describe with words. I mean they are happy for the smallest of things and appreciate life to 110% but standard things as medical care, hygien, food and living situation in general, is way below what I first assumed it would be. The support means so much to the kids and village of Mgahinga. I wouldn't start this campaign if there wasn't a big need and where I see money can actually make a difference.

A few examples
30 SEK = 6 bars of soap
40 SEK = A pair of rain boots
70 SEK = 10kg of beans
150 SEK = 100 Text Books
225 SEK = One School desk

I am so filled with joy about your commitment in both sharing and supporting this campaign so far. We have reached way above my expectations! To be here at the very end and actually seeing the progress and the impact this fundraiser have made so far is AMAZING and I try to share the best way I can on Instagram.

Let´s keep the momentum going and please share this campaign to your social media network by using the link:
www.gofundme.com/sweganda

Someone great once wrote,
”Be the change you wish to see in the world.” And with your help, we BOTH can make that happen.
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