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Fabulous February!

What an exciting month February has been.

Glenmore Elementary had its annual Month of Love Challenge where students and their families are asked to give up one “want” and put the money saved from that “want” toward someone else’s “need”. Students and families give up pizza nights or coffee mornings and then take the money saved to put toward a charity of their choice. ISEE Solutions is always one of the charities mentioned for this project and we are grateful for the support we receive from the Glenmore community.

Corey spoke with the students at Dr. Knox to share with them a story of gratitude. A couple of years ago, the school sponsored Cathy, a young woman in Namuwongo who had an infant son. She wanted to complete a course in baking and then open a stall to sell donuts and other fried goods. Through the sponsorship from the Dr Knox community, Cathy was able to complete her training, start her business, and she is now even cooking for a nursery school. She gets up early in the morning to fry her donuts that another girl sells for her and then she works the rest of the day at the nursery school. She wrote a letter of thanks to the students at Knox and Corey was able to share that with them.

The Knox students held an international food festival this week to raise funds to sponsor another Mama! It was a huge success. We are excited to see whose life they will change next.

And last but not least, our amazing team at @education4her is heading into the semi-finals of the Sustainable Development Challenge on Tuesday! They have been featured on the radio and in the local paper, they have put together a 20 page proposal, and on Tuesday they share a 10 minute presentation to convince the judges that they should win the $5000 sponsorship toward their project. They want to help ISEE open a workshop in Lokung to make the kits for distribution in Northern Uganda. It’s an amazing project and I know that the community in Lokung will greatly appreciate it.

The finals for the competition are on Wednesday from 7-8:30 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts and there are tickets available if you are interested in attending. Come and see the top three teams compete for a cause they hold dear to their heart! It will be an inspiring evening.

Before the final event, come and visit us at Now is the Time Sustainability Fair in the foyer of the Rotary Centre from 5-7. All the partnered NGOs will be there to share their passion for local and international causes.

So many amazing things happening all driven by the local youth. What an amazing generation is coming up!

Great start to 2020

Happy new year!

Thank you to everyone who came through for the two mamas who were in crisis at the end of 2019. Mama A had left her abusive husband and was living in her shop with her children and Mama N’s sewing machines had been confiscated by the landlord because her husband had not paid his share of the rent.

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to restock the shop in time for the busy holiday season and help Mama A earn enough money to support herself and her children as well as enjoy Christmas together. She is also able to use her earnings to keep the shop well stocked so that she can save some money to pay for the new school year which begins in February.

Mama N was also able to pay the arrears on the rent and reclaim her machines in time for the intake of her new tailoring students. The tuition from the students and the earnings from her own tailoring will help her continue to pay the rent and support her two small children.

Three other projects that have moved forward in the past month:

Cissy has started to build the extension to her restaurant and is cooking full time with the supplies she received through the generosity of Leola C’s sponsorship. Once all is running smoothly, Cissy will receive the final item for her restaurant: a popcorn machine.

Sarah’s goat pen is built so they don’t have to sleep in her kitchen anymore! She has also added 3 more goats to her heard, and adult male, an adult female and a female kid. She is very excited about the pen and about the prospect of having a growing business! Thank you Mary W. for your sponsorship.

Christine’s chickens are growing so much and doing so well (she lost very few) that she is having to build an extension to her coop to accommodate all of them!

Thank you again to everyone who has been so supportive of these amazing women who desire what all mamas do – the best for their children. Webale Nnyo!