As the year has started and we are all adjusting to a new normal, we hope and pray you have stayed safe and healthy throughout this global pandemic. While some of you have been with us on this journey for a long time, others have just joined, and we would like to say a big thank you for supporting us. You have already impacted so many lives!
As we head into 2021, we are asking you to partner with us in a strategic vision to break the poverty cycle in Gulu, Northern Uganda. Our aim is to bring change to this nation through mentoring, training locals developing a team in self–sustainability, and teaching business development strategies. Currently, this process happens through engagement in 3 primary projects:
1) The Gweno (Acholi for Chicken) We are raising chickens for sale and egg production. This income will generate local jobs and enable us to teach and train up to 50 people each year, helping to develop self-sustainability for families in the community. The work has already begun and is based at our Operation Centre. Brian is being mentored to take on the assistant role at the Gweno project. Meet one of the team…
Brian (aka Man) is a 17-year-old young man who started in our mentoring program when he was 13. He has really grabbed hold of every opportunity God has given to him through Tamarind. He is currently in training to take on 2 IC of the general running of The Gweno. In Uganda, there is no pension and most people do not have a retirement fund, so he supports his mother and grandmother who are unemployed and retired. Brian, at only 17, is the one source of income who can support and offer basic needs like food and medical care for his aged mother and grandmother.
$100 a month will pay the wage of a hard-working young man who supports his aged mother and grandmother.
2) The Tribe …One step forward and the tribe will follow. We are tapping into Gulu’s creativity by empowering and employing local women to create unique African artwork and jewellery. Currently, we supply a popular store in the heart of Uganda and international markets in the USA, Australia, and about to branch into Germany. The funds from the sale of these products enable ongoing development, business training, and stability in the lives of our employees and their families. We are looking to expand The Tribe in 2021 to reach out to more women and empower them run a business and be self-sustainable. Justine has been working with us for almost 5 years and is about to increase her management role in The Tribe. Meet one of the team….
Justine is a mum to 4 children, trying to parent, work, and maintain her family on a single income. She has great attention to detail and gets things done in a professional and high-quality manner. The Tribe exists because of her expertise. But her wage only goes so far in this, so we are seeking support so she can keep progressing in what she has begun.
$150 a month will employ Justine mother of 4 children.
$10 a month will sponsor 1 of her children to go to school.
$30 per month would cover all 3!
3) Demonstration Farm … to teach and reach. The farm teaches local people how to manage their land, raise animals, grow healthier crops, and store their harvest for the highest yield, providing farmers with the means to take good care of their families.
Meet one of the team… Joseph is one of our lead farmers and building developers. Joseph is a father of 3 children. He is the sole provider for his family, and the income he earns goes to sustaining his family in education, food, and medical needs. He is a hard worker and constantly looking for ways to develop business and a better way of growing crops. He is also a mason and has been very helpful in the development of the buildings in our projects.
$150 a month will employ Joseph and help him support his wife and 2 daughters.
We are working hard to continue to grow and develop, to become more effective, and to reach and train more people. We have been stretched and been employing the team but as we grow and change we can’t impact lives without you. Partner with us to break the poverty cycle and change lives in Northern Uganda. There are still so many more lives that are waiting to be changed through this opportunity, to walk empowered by the support and work of Tamarind. Will you help be the change?
You can be the change by donating! Join us on the journey of Tamarind, and together we can break the poverty cycle in Northern Uganda.
All donations are tax deductible in Australia, and receipts will be issued to you.
Thank you for your time and consideration