The Uganda Rural Fund (URF) is an organization that “aims to empower orphans, impoverished youth and women in Uganda’s rural communit[ies], through educational and sustainable development opportunities” (URF). With the children (aged 5-12) at the MP Out of School Care, I have started fundraising efforts for the organization while increasing the children’s awareness of global needs.
URF is a child-friendly, easily accessible organization that allows children to work towards donating off of Wish Lists with predetermined attached values. The URF has a significant Women’s Empowerment Center that provides training, education, housing and health care support to the women of Uganda. In addition, the organization has a children’s home that houses 19 children at a time between the age range of infant to young adult.
In support of the Women’s Empowerment Center, we would use the funds that the children raised towards supporting the Chicken Project. The URF had both a Chicken Project and Piggery Project that allows both Muslim and Non-Muslim women to develop skills in raising animals to enrich the community’s quality of life. We will be supporting the Chicken Project to be inclusive of all the religions represented at our daycare. We are also planning on buying mattresses for the children’s home. Each mattress is $25 and is an easy and tangible goal to set for the children.
It is my hope that the children’s participation in these efforts will teach them the power of involvement and the significance behind little actions. The project will allow them to realize the value of a dollar and help them increase their global awareness of children all around the world. Our daycare is an avid supporter and participator with Play It Fair!, a program designed to teach and promote basic children’s rights. Through this free play and recreational game based program, our children have learned their rights as outlined by the UN Charter of Children’s Rights. I am excited and optimistic that this project will continue to be an enriching experience that will contribute to their basic life skills and that they will remember when they become participating members of our community.
By Katelyn Sisk