We receive special letters from our children in Uganda all the time â€“ children who have been touched by our donorsâ€™ generosity.Â One recent letter from Stella broke my heart â€“ and I wanted to share it with you.Â Stella is in her 7th year of primary school and she is the only child in her family receiving an education.Â She spent a portion of her recent Spring Break with her mother and 3 siblings.Â Stella shared these experiences about her time at home:
â€œI was so happy to see my dear mother.Â I also got to see my brothers and sister. I felt so sad that my mother is only able to eat once a day.Â The food costs are so high and my mother has no income.Â I am worried about my brothers and sister, too.Â They only have a little to eat and told me they were often hungryâ€¦Thank you for that good heart you haveâ€¦I eat 3 meals a day and I am not hungry.Â Our school motto is â€˜Education for a bright future.â€™Â So I promise you I will study hard so that I can one day help my family the way you have helped me.â€
Stellaâ€™s experience with her beloved family is not an isolated story.Â People all throughout Africa are eating just one meal a day â€“ sometimes none at all!Â Uganda has been experiencing record-high food prices and most recently dire food shortages.Â We are on the ground doing all we can but the only way we can ensure our children continue to receive 3 nutritious meals a day is by receiving more resources immediately.
Over the last year, we have made tremendous strides in our sustainable food and water security program.Â In fact, our children now enjoy twice-weekly meals with vegetables.Â By the end of 2009, that amount will be increased to five meals per week with homegrown fruits and vegetables.
But right now, basic food requirements (the foods eaten daily by the children) remain a significant cost to us.Â In some cases, we are paying 50-80% more than we were just a year ago.Â Can you help us today with a donation of $25?Â There is a serious food shortage in Uganda.Â Your gift of $25 will feed 5 children for ONE WEEK! Just click on this badge to give now.
Children of Uganda serves nearly 600 children.Â We provide each child education, shelter, clothing and food.Â Our mission is to support and empower these vulnerable young people who (in most cases) have no parents or support system to care for them.
Providing them adequate and nutritious food is critical to help develop their young minds and bodies.Â Can we count on your special gift today to help us meet the growing financial demand of food costs?Â Your tax-deductible donation will go to work immediately and will have a life-saving impact on a vulnerable child just like Stella.
Your gift will also send a strong message of hope to our children â€“ that even in these challenging times our dedicated friends and supporters have not forgotten them.
By making a contribution right away, you will help ensure that our children will not be hungry during this food crisis.
Thank you Jolkona Foundation for your extraordinary vision and for choosing Children of Uganda to be a part of your incredible work.Â We are deeply grateful.
Children of Uganda