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Two Young Women

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to two young women who would like to take a step forward in securing their future. We are looking for sponsors for these two – Catherine is looking to be sponsored as a Mama Nguvu candidate and Lydia wants to attend tailoring school.

Thank you to Andrew for sharing these proposals.

1. Catherine – total business sponsorship cost: $200

Age: 22yrs
Status: Young mother
Aspiration: Business
Reason: she dropped out in the middle of a course in confectionary and baking.
Her story:
She lives in one of the slums called Namuwongo. She studied until senior four but was unable to continue because of the lack of school fees. Like many girls in this area she joined a training institute to acquire some skills for survival. She studied for two terms but was not able to sit for the final exams as her mother couldn’t raise the final fees.
When she dropped she got pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy who is turning 3yrs very soon. Her desire is to be able to give an education to her son, so he doesn’t end up on drugs or alcohol because of a lack of education.
She has filled in an ISEE Solutions form applying for a business opportunity to start out small and work towards putting her child in school and also leaving her mum’s house soon. She will be making local snacks called samosa and mandazi. She believes that this would give her a good start and because she has the knowledge and knows how to make them, she can be successful.


2. Lydia – total school sponsorship cost:

$150 a month x 4 months = $600

Age: 18yrs
Status: Teenage mother
Aspiration: Fashion Design
Her story;
She got pregnant at the age of 15yrs, she was in senior one at the time. She then dropped out school due to this condition and has never been able to go back to school and pursue her dream.
Speaking to her she said that her dream was doing fashion and design at the later stage after school. She thinks that it is time to get back on her feet as her daughter called Monica is now 2yrs and has some level of independence.
She doesn’t seem to want to join formal secondary school because she feels delayed and her friends have since moved on. She wants to learn how to tailor clothes and have a start from there to get her life going.

2017 report to donors

{This is the text of the 2017 Report To Donors that we just stuck in the mail this weekend, along with all tax receipts. It appears in a slightly different format here because I can’t get Word Press to accept my pre-formatted version 🙁



2017 was a great year for ISEE, and we must thank our generous donors in the community for helping us continue this work. We could not do it without you, and we rely on your continued donations. If you haven’t already done so, please consider making a recurring donation of $5, $10, or $20 per month. These recurring donations help us plan for our limited time in Uganda and enable us to better target our work. As always, you will receive a tax donation for any amount over $20, and as always 100% of your donation goes directly to our programs.

2017 was one of our bi-annual Group Travel years, so Erika organized a trip for 8 women in July. During the trip the women presented our reusable sanitary kits to 2000 girls and young women, bringing our total to over 4500 distributed kits. A special thanks to all the sewers who gave up their time, effort, and fabric to make the kits. We have 4 sewing bees a year (usually) and we are always in need of willing hands. Anyone can help — for details email Erika. If you have quality cotton or flannel to donate, please contact us and we will arrange pick-up or drop-off.

During the 2017 trip, Erika had the chance to speak with some young women who received our kits two years ago. They live in a remote section of northern Uganda, near the South Sudan border.

They report that they are still using their kits and still attending school! Yay! Exactly what we hoped for!

ISEE currently has sponsored 35 Mama Nguvu candidates including Jane, in Bwaise district of Kampala, who was the recipient of our largest grant (both financially largest and physically largest) when she received and successfully installed a 10,000L water tank. Her children are now in school with fees paid and she’s been able to turn a profit from water sales to her neighbourhood.


Andrew, our Ugandan project coordinator, continues to visit and report on our Mamas was well as provide an invaluable on-ground presence. His reports are on our website as are photos and stories from the Mamas. This year he will be assisted by Anna, a friend of ISEE and social worker from Kampala, who will return to the schools we have visited to do follow-up and provide counselling services for the girls. Her focus is on counselling and so this gives her a chance to practice her skills while at the same time adding a useful service to the girls.

This year we were thrilled to meet and partner with HEYFU and YIMBA, two amazing Uganda-based NGOs, and we hope to continue working with them. HEFYU found us many new Mama candidates and YIMBA organized the massive show in the picture below. We are overwhelmed at their passion for helping youth.

We are always thrilled to partner with local organizations in Uganda or Canada. Thanks this year to Rotary Canada and Gifts to Grandmas, both of whom have provided invaluable support.

Both Andrew and Anna will join Erika in July as we look to expand our work outside the city and move into more remote locations where the girls have even less access to sanitary supplies. Erika will be in Uganda for the month of July and already the itinerary is almost complete but she will definitely meet with our Mamas and distribute more kits. Andrew is currently sourcing new villages for our presentations.

She is now collecting applications and inquiries about the 2019 trip. There are only 6 spots this time and several have been booked, so now is the time to get your name on the list if you’ve ever dreamed about visiting the Pearl of Africa. Email her for details. We will likely travel to Uganda twice in 2019 — once at Spring Break (just Corey and Erika) and once in the summer.

For the first time we decided to host a fundraiser. Deck The Halls was held Nov 29 at the Forum on Ethel street. It was organized in a very short time by board member Bree and she pulled together all her social and family network to make it happen. A major thank you to her for the effort. The silent auction was brilliantly organized by Louanne and Lois who also donated many of the items that were auctioned off. All total the event was very successful (and fun!) and we will plan on having another one in 2018. Probably we’ll start organizing it a bit sooner, though.

If you’re interested in helping, we are always looking for: large sized Ziploc Freezer Bags; clean, quality flannel, not white; and PUL. The best way you can help, though, is through a recurring donation. These are so helpful and allow us the flexibility we need to meet the needs of those we serve.

On behalf of ISEE, the board of directors, and all our Ugandan partners: Thank you so much for supporting us.


Corey Mazurat
Vice President, ISEE Solutions Society