BAKE SALE at Big B supermarket on Saturday 29th MAY: PROTEQT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

Dear Friends;

Some of you will have heard from time to time about my involvement in Protect Children’s Foundation of which I am one of the trustees. Some of you have already donated to the cause!

Proteqt Children’s Foundation (PCF) is an educational sponsorship program for orphans and other vulnerable children, especially those orphaned by AIDS. The Foundation has been in existence for the past 5 years, but became a registered charity (#731) on August 14th, 2008. Our current principal focus is on providing sponsorships for children in the Rakai District of south-western Uganda, a district particularly affected by high prevalence of HIV and AIDS. Since the earthquake in Haiti, the board plans on extending support to a group of Haitian children.

Misozi Primary School, Uganda - 2007

Misozi Primary School, Uganda - 2007

The Charity is run by a 9-member Board of Trustees which includes an educator, a pharmacist, a medical doctor, 4 business owners, an executive secretary and a private consultant in the field of HIV and AIDS. Funds are disbursed in Uganda by Mr. Lawrence Lugwana of the Rotary Club, Rubaga. Currently we have 16 children on sponsorship in Rakai District.

For more details and pictures please open the attachments. WE in Barbados live in a fairy-tale land where things work (more often than not at all!), and we take education and health for granted- not perfect but expected and received!

I want to ask for your support in two fund-raising events:

A BAKE SALE at Big B supermarket on Saturday 29th MAY.

We will have on sale a wide range of goodies- coconut bread, cakes – whole, sliced, cup, fish, pastries, cookies, popcorn, nuts, fishcakes and more candy……!!!!

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Donate goods and or money (For Example We will need to buy $80 worth of popcorn, plastic bags, napkins etc.)

Spread the word!

Come and Buy!

If none of the above is possible , please consider being an donor to the Fund (First Caribbean Oistins 1000/883/446) the more regular the better! Receipts are given/sent for tax deductions.

2. A FLEA MARKET … The Cheapside Post Office (date to be anounced)

Help us and yourself lighten your cupboards and drawers and tables of those still good but not for YOU any more ! : knick-knacs, books, clothes (Clean and folded neatly or on hangers if you can spare them).

Children from Misozi Village, Uganda - 2007

Children from Misozi Village, Uganda - 2007

Proteqt Children’s Foundation (PCF) is an educational sponsorship program for orphans and other vulnerable children, especially those orphaned by AIDS.

The Foundation has been in existence for the past 5 years, but became a registered charity (#731) on August 14th, 2008. Our current principal focus is on providing sponsorships for children in the Rakai District of south-western Uganda, a district particularly affected by high prevalence of HIV and AIDS. Since the earthquake in Haiti, the board plans on extending support to a group of Haitian children.

The Charity is run by a 9-member Board of Trustees which includes an educator, a pharmacist, a medical doctor, 4 business owners, an executive secretary and a private consultant in the field of HIV and AIDS. Funds are disbursed in Uganda by Mr. Lawrence Lugwana of the Rotary Club, Rubaga. Currently we have 16 children on sponsorship as follows:

  • Primary school – 7: Queen of Peace, Rubaga (2); St. Simon Nazareth (5)
  • Secondary school – 6: Nile High School, Mukono: (1); St. Henry’s College, Kitovu (1); Christ the King, Rakai (3); Kiterrede Secondary School, Kyotera (1)
  • Makerere University – 1

The Barbadian population having benefited from a sound educational system of universal primary and secondary education is highly literate. By contrast, only 66.8 % of Uganda’s 29 million people are able to read or write. Uganda has been independent nation since 1962, but universal primary and secondary education only began in 1997 and 2007 respectively. With Government assistance of 29, 240 Uganda shillings per child per term (approximately US $20.00) many parents cannot afford the school supplies, clothing and transportation needed to keep their children in school. As a result, 45% of those who enter primary school are unable to go on to secondary level. For example, of the 2.1 million children entering primary school at the start of Universal Primary Education (UPE) in 1997, only 0.48 million completed P7. Much of this was due to lack of funding. The education of girls is particularly affected by the poverty and the high incidence of children orphaned by HIV Aids which means that older girls must relieve or replace the grandparents who must take on the responsibility of the deceased or sickly parents.

Proteqt Children’s Foundation (PCF) is a registered charity which grew out of the private sponsorship of a Ugandan teenager by a Barbadian family (mother, Veronica, was a former guidance counsellor at Q.C). whose son, Christopher Evelyn, had spent 6 months doing volunteer work in Uganda in 2003 as part of an International Baccalaureate program at Lester B. Pearson College in Vancouver, Canada. Since then – and subsequent to a fact finding visit in 2007 by Veronica Evelyn – it has evolved into a wider sponsorship program mainly supported by the donations of a network of friends. This idea of setting up an educational sponsorship program has arisen arose out of a personal experience of seeing a life transformed through financial assistance.

This assistance allowed the young man to complete primary and secondary education unlike his older brother who was forced to leave school due to lack of funding. This young man – one of the very few people in his village to have gone to school beyond the primary level – has now completed A’ levels, sat Grade 4 (Piano) examinations in June 2007 with the Royal School of Music and began undergraduate studies in August 2007.

By contrast, his older brother remains in the village ‘digging’ – planting ground crops for subsistence on a plot of land neglected because those who used to tend it have fallen victim to HIV/AIDS. One brother is full of hope; the other faces a life of despair. Education made the difference. For people of Misozi village in the AIDS-devastated Rakai District, education is only possible largely through charitable donations.

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