This time next week, I’ll be traveling from Kampala to Entebbe by shuttle to hop on a plane to NYC. 24 hours later, I should be hitting the runway at JFK. It’s been a long time. I haven’t been in the USA since early January; however, I won’t have much time to relax and soak up the crisp New York weather before I head off to the first leg of my fundraising “tour.”
In October, I’ll be in Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis. I’m looking to spend significant time in Boston, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey area in November before heading south to Alabama, Georgia, and Florida this December. Come January, I’ll be back on the plane to Uganda in order to prepare the office for the influx of applications and the beginning of a few exciting programs we’ll be rolling out in 2015.
We have many ways that you can help this Fall and Winter. I will be attending as many meetings and meet-and-greets as possible, but if you know someone who might want to get involved and just doesn’t know how? Shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
In addition to speaking at schools and clubs, I will be selling locally made products from Gulu. I am coming home with a suitcase of jewelry, bags, and quilts (among other items) for sale at fair-trade fairs, open houses, and church holiday bazaars. You can check out the products and prices ahead of time by clicking on our Facebook page. Similarly, a student from St. Mary’s School in Medford, OR is selling his beautiful photographs — and all proceeds from this folder go directly to us at E4C. We are so lucky to have such talented supporters all around the world! Please encourage their trade by making a purchase. If you have any questions about this, please contact us. We’d love to help you make sure you have some fantastic presents that support students in Uganda this holiday season.
Lastly, we are seeking administrative sponsors for the coming year (and beyond). We love being a 100% so that our donors know their support goes directly to our students; however, it is impossible to function without further donations that you specifically allocate to our administrative costs. We are seeking current donors, new donors, businesses, or new ventures in order to help raise the funds that will allow us to continue our work. We are a registered 501(c)3 in the USA and any and all donations you make are tax deductible. (We will also be starting our first income-generating activity within Uganda in the coming months to generate some funds for our programs and also to offer exciting new programs for not only our students, but their families, too. More on this soon!)
I am so excited to see many of you in the coming months. Thank you for your continued support.