Aninga Project Update November 2013

Dear Aninga Project Supporters,

Aninga goes to University!

We have great news to share with you at the closing of this first term of school in Uganda. We have five girls in elementary and secondary school and two girls in university. Yes! We have TWO GIRLS IN UNIVERSITY! We are very excited.

Charles Johnson Foundation Grant

We are even more excited to report that we have received a $6,000 grant from the Charles Johnson Charitable Fund that will pay for Aninga’s and Viola’s entire first year of their teaching degrees at the University of Gulu, along with their transportation costs and other related expenses.

The last time that I was in Uganda, in 2011, Edron and I met with a number of teachers, principals, community elders and district representatives. While they were very excited about our organization being so active in northern Uganda and very pleased with the level of support we provided our girls, they cautioned that to fulfill the potential of the Project for the girls, we would need to continue providing support to our girls until they were in a position to get a job and live independently.

Need for Expanded Fundraising

With Aninga and Viola in university – funded this year by the Charles Johnson Foundation grant –  this marks an important new chapter for our organization. As an organization we are hoping that our girls will all finish high school and that they will go on to succeed in their post-secondary program of choice or enter the workforce. Given the greater costs of post-secondary education as compared to primary/secondary education, our fundraising efforts will need to be expanded significantly.

We need your help!

We have two favours to ask of our supporters at this time. First, we would like to draw your attention to a new section that has been set up on our CanadaHelps.org page that will allow our donors to donate specifically to funding post-secondary endeavours. This is important because it is much more expensive and we want to protect the funding that we have coming in on a monthly basis for our other girls. Secondly, we are asking that you inform anyone who might be interested in supporting post-secondary education for girls in Uganda that we are embarking on this new chapter and that you let us know if you are aware of any organizations who would provide funding for this type of initiative. This is a new territory for us so we will need all of the help that we can get!

Administrative Support

We also have an update to share on our mission to increase our administrative support in Uganda to allow us to support more girls. As mentioned in our last update, we entered into an MOU negotiation process with another organization in Uganda over the summer but unfortunately throughout that process we realized as an organization that it was not the appropriate route for us to take at this time. Instead we are now working on directly hiring an individual to work for us as staff in Uganda. While hiring individuals in Uganda requires an extra level of vetting and consideration, we are hoping to have this individual in place and working hard by the start of the New Year.

Scotiabank Charity Challenge at the Bluenose Marathon

The Aninga Project is also very excited to announce that we have registered as a contender for the Scotiabank  Charity Challenge in the Blue Nose Marathon here in Halifax. For those of you who are not familiar, the Scotiabank Charity Challenge allows any registered Canadian-based charity to build a team and participate in the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon weekend as an Official Charity. The Aninga Project will get to keep 100% of the funds raised with Scotiabank organizing and managing all of the online fundraising. Race weekend is May 16th-18th, 2014 and we already have twelve individuals committed to running various distances for The Aninga Project in the 5k, 10k and Half Marathon. We will be sending out more information on how you can support our team over the next few months but please let us know if you would like to run with Team Aninga Project.

Thank you for your continued support. Please email aningaproject@gmail.com if you have any question, concerns or comments. Be watching your inboxes in the next few days for the Holiday Hope Fundraising initiative!

Many thanks,

Jenny B.

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