ASWWU "To Build a Home" in UgandaCategory:
By: Jaci Shankel
Fundraising Project Focuses Efforts on New Location
Although the location has changed, the needs haven't. The Associated Students of Walla Walla University is still raising funds for children who need a home.
The orphanage project "To Build a Home" was launched in September 2013; however, in May, the ASWWU fundraising team made the announcement that the project location was changing from Peru to Uganda.
The original project, launched last September, was to be located near Checacupe, Peru. ASWWU, in partnership with ADRA-Peru, planned to help with the building of the orphanage and provide funding, and the orphanage was to be built on ADRA-owned land. In addition, WWU had plans to promote sustainability of the home, and allow for future student involvement by establishing a student missionary post.
Unfortunately, even the best laid plans can change. After examining their long-term goals for the project, ADRA decided that building a new orphanage was not consistent with their goals, and chose to support orphans through a community-based intervention program. While still a worthwhile goal, WWU and the fundraising team decided such a change of scope was not something they wanted to pursue.
After extensive research, the fundraising team learned of an orphanage in Kasese, Uganda, that is in great need of more space. This orphanage, named Christalis, currently supports 26 children in living quarters made for a much smaller number. This organization already owns two and half acres for a potential home, but they have yet to obtain the financial means to build one. With the help of WWU and its supporters, they hope to build a home to support 40 children.
The donors and partners that have been contacted, including ten additional Adventist universities, have pledged their continued support and look to make an impact.
While such a change of plans was unanticipated, ASWWU and its fundraising team appreciate the continued opportunity to provide a home for children.
Up to this point, the fundraising team has raised approximately $40,000, and, with an established donor network, Christalis has pledged to match any amount raised by WWU.
For more information, visit aswwu.wallawalla.edu,
or the project’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/To-Build-a-Home/282997128518477.