On behalf of the children and staff of Sangaalo Baby Home, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your support towards bringing a modern electricity system that aims to improve health, education and home industries to a 60-child orphanage in Jinja, Uganda.
In June 2018 we completed our fund-raising effort through the crowdfunding campaign. Pur work is being led and managed by Cherysh America Foundation of which I am a Board member. Cherysh is experienced at bringing electricity to remote villages and their experience & expertise are invaluable. Cherysh leadership directs 100% of all donations directly to projects and takes no administrative fee. We are pleased to inform you that we not only surpassed our funding goal, but raised the highest amount ever on the Caring Crowd platform by any nonprofit. Although the generous donations provided by you all allows us to undertake this innovative effort, we plan to reach out to institutions for further grants to further expand our impact.
The CherYsh team including myself, visited Uganda for a week. In Kampala we met with potential partners such as Makerere University (1922) considered the most prestigious university in East Africa in Medicine and Engineering, leading NGOs in healthcare, for-profit partners in last-mile vocational education, mini-grid electricity firms and government agencies. We also explored how best to recruit engineering and social service talent for CherYsh in Uganda.
The team visited Nsenge Village in Jinja, Uganda. It is located at the head of the Nile River and is the 5th largest town in Uganda. We spent time at Sangaalo Babies Home NGO which is managed by Damalie and her husband David for the past 8 years. The location is comprised of the Sangaalo baby orphanage, primary school, church, small animal farm and a well water system that are important to the broader village community.
After a two-hour car ride from the capital of Uganda, Kampala, we were welcomed with excitement and joy by the children as well as Damalie and her husband David. They shared with us their current situation at the orphanage, where they lack sufficient water access and electricity to the kitchen, dorms and other shared spaces. As of now, the only water access is to the external toilet house and the kitchen operates on fire wood. Our plans for the orphanage are ambitious. After our initial visit, we will expand the water supply into the kitchen, bring modern, reliable, safe electricity, and modify the cooking equipment to remove the wood burning elements, a significant health and safety hazard. We will also bring refrigeration necessary for food safety, and most importantly, HIV medication preservation. We expect these goals to take until mid-2019 to accomplish and will not only benefit the children, but bring skill-building and employment opportunities to the area.
After this first phase, we will expand our efforts to the school, church and economic self-sustainability. We will improve and expand the school houses (three), improve the lesson content through a Montessori approach, expand the church and add electricity, improve the nutrition and food availability with the farm, and introduce home-based businesses and skill development for economic sustainability. We exoect to be busy with Sangaalo well into 2020.
We will visit again in March 2019 and I will come back to this group for any volunteers, and the skills we need represented in the group. I’d also like to do a “goods” drive for donated items the orphanage needs.
Finally, I would like to share with you a few pictures of the Sangaalo residents. Damalie is also in the photograph with some of the orphans that she cares for at Sangaalo wishing goodbye. More coming soon. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to me directly, or at [email protected]