It is time for Forever Friends of Uganda to move to a new, higher level. We are very excited by two major developments which we hope will be central to our initiative to be able to do more to help the children at Bubebbere and Bulumbu.
Sponsorship of children’s education.
We have always been proud of our claim that no charity charges less to give children an education than we do. That is great and something that we, and you who already support children, can be proud of.
The problem is that, no matter how much good it does, it only provides the minimum that a boy or a girl needs to stay in education. It pays the school fees. But children require so much more. Too often they cannot afford the basics that the schools and the children require; and you cannot get more basic than paper, pens and pencils.
We have often emphasised the importance of school uniforms in the Ugandan system. From time to time Forever Friends has been able to help with this, and generous sponsors have often provided uniform, other clothing and stationery for their children.
In future new supporters will be given the option to stay at the basic level or to offer an enhanced contribution towards their child’s welfare because I know that some want and are able to do more. We shall now offer the following levels:
- Entry level = £70 (unchanged)
- Silver level – entry level + stationery = £80
- Gold level – entry level + school uniform = £86
- Uganda Royal – entry level + stationery + uniform = £100
There is no pressure to pay more than the Entry Level which ensures that a child will benefit from education. That is the most important thing. We appreciate your commitment. For those who want to do more, you can make your own mind up.
Perhaps you don’t know what to buy somebody for Christmas, for a birthday, or for a wedding anniversary. Why not help a child in need? We promise that every pound you spend will go to where it is needed. We make no deductions.
But……. things do move rapidly on occasions. Within hours of our sending out the details of our gift programme to everybody on our mailing list, a generous supporter had offered to pay for the children’s play park at Bulumbu in its entirety. This will be installed in memory of her father who passed away recently.
So……. it meant that the publicity was already out-of-date. The next thing on our “needs” list is to find funding to improve the water storage facilities at both schools.
You will see that this has replaced the play park on our new leaflet. Everything else is unchanged.
We were already immensely grateful to another supporter, Lisa Melling, for designing our leaflet and certificate; and she came to our aid once more to modify our request. You will note that the leaflet is interactive, which means by clicking directly on the appropriate places, you will be directed immediately to the Blog, to an email, or to MyDonate where you can make your purchase using your credit or debit card. Of course if you have supported us before, you can still make a direct transfer into our bank account.
Don’t forget. We shall be delighted to offer you a certificate to present to the recipient of your thoughtfulness.
Can I buy you a Rolex?
You all know what a generous fellow I am, so let me make you an offer. Come to Uganda with us and I’ll buy you one. What do you think of that?
You think there is a catch? Of course you do. Well….. For a start, in Kampala, you don’t wear a rolex, you eat it. It is authentic street food which initially gained widespread popularity around university campuses and students’ residences where vendors took advantage of young people living on a shoestring budget.
A rolex is an omelette, pre-mixed with tomato, cabbage and green peppers and which is then rolled in a chapati. A true fast food; convenient, tasty and cheap. If you want something a little more filling, try a Titanic – two or more chapatis rolled together with the filling. Although I have never met it, there is also the “Kikomando”. Here the chapati is sliced and mixed with beans. Apparently it was inspired by commando units which had to eat quickly in the bush. I am told that it is now very popular in all of the poorer areas of Kampala.
So you see – and as you expected – I am not all that generous.
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