Copy
Use this area to offer a short preview of your email's content.
View this email in your browser
Facebook
Facebook
Website
Website
Email
Email
YouTube
YouTube

 

WINTER NEWSLETTER,
2014

THANK YOU

The Mwebaza Foundation would like to thank all of its supporters over the years for their generous donations and volunteering efforts. Without you, we would not be able to accomplish all we have done, here and abroad. More students in Africa are now learning in solid and safe school buildings, drinking clean water, and eating healthy and well-balanced lunches. The children here in Colorado have embraced the spirit of giving, while expanding their worldview. We will continue to improve lives, in Africa and the US, with your support.

DONATE NOW

Mwebaza Day & Community Info Night

While Devaki Douillard, Development Assistant for the Mwebaza Foundation, is in Uganda in January and February, she will help facilitate “Mwebaza Day.” Mwebaza Day will be on February, 19th, and is a special occasion when the students of Niwot Elementary and Mwebaza Primary School Skype each other and share a variety of stories, songs, and dances from their cultures. We decided to postpone Mwebaza Day until February because the students of Mwebaza School will have already left for break on Dec. 4th, when Mwebaza Day was originally scheduled. Since Devaki will be in Uganda during Mwebaza Day, we decided to host a Community Information Night on February, 18th at 7PM MST in the Niwot Elementary Library. Parents and friends of the Mwebaza Foundation are invited to come Skype with Devaki and Mwebaza Headmistress Namatovu to ask questions and learn about the partnership and our projects in Uganda. 

Board Member Additions

The Mwebaza Foundation doubled the size of its Board this fall! We welcome the talented new members, Lindsey and Courtney Tucker, KayLyn Giles, and Sarah Reynolds! 
Sarah Reynolds has worked in the nonprofit world for more than 15 years. She started her career with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, directing the fundraising efforts throughout her seven years at MDA in Denver, Kansas, and Missouri. Most recently, she served as Managing Director with People to People International (PTPI), a NGO dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding and friendship. In her role, she had the opportunity to travel and work with young people all over the world, organizing cultural, educational and humanitarian programs which encouraged these youth to be agents of positive change in the world.

 It was through PTPI that Sarah was first introduced to Dale Peterson and the Mwebaza Foundation. In 2011, PTPI gave Dale the School and Classroom Program Community Service Award for his outstanding work and accomplishments. Sarah is grateful to be appointed as a member of the Board of Directors and is honored and excited to make a difference as part of this important team.

 Sarah is a University of Kansas graduate (Journalism major) and Lawrence, Kansas native.  She lives in Denver with her husband, Paul; their son, Jack; and their mystery mix of a dog, Tyson.
Courtney Tucker is a first grade teacher in the St. Vrain Valley School District. Courtney was blessed to have Dale Peterson as a teacher at Niwot Elementary in both Kindergarten and second grade. Since then Courtney has stayed in touch with Dale and is honored to be a part of the Mwebaza Foundation. Courtney loves working with children both here in Colorado and abroad. After visiting Kenya with her sister when they were 18, Courtney felt she had a passion for Africa and has been back three times since then. Two of the four visits have been to Mwebaza Primary School in Uganda. Courtney is excited to help continue the incredible work the Mwebaza Foundation is doing, impacting children here and in East Africa.
KayLyn Giles became connected with the Mwebaza Foundation through the Coyote Ridge Elementary School pen pal program. After a school assembly introduced the kids to the Mwebaza School’s principal, Ms. Namatovu, it was the excitement and motivation of KayLyn’s children to get involved that spearheaded a family effort to do a little something more.

KayLyn obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science from Utah State University. She worked for several years as a paralegal and office manager. A few years, and a total of four daughters later, KayLyn is eager to serve on the board of directors.
Lindsey Tucker is in her second year of teaching Kindergarten. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as Early Childhood Education. She has traveled to East Africa four times, two of which involved visiting the Mwebaza School in Uganda. As a product of the St. Vrain Valley School District, and with diverse travel experiences, she is honored and eager to be part of the Mwebaza Foundation. She appreciates the cultural connection and learning opportunities that are provided to both the schools in East Africa and the schools in Colorado and looks forward to continuing to strengthen the partnership.

Feel even better about gift giving this holiday season! 
Great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers from Africa that will bless the recipient while benefiting African schoolchildren. Visit our new

Square Store

Mwebaza Solar Grant

The Mwebaza Foundation is happy to announce that we have received a grant for over $10,000 that will enable us to complete the solar array at St. Paul School, which will provide electricity to the entire school! 

Building Relationships While Conducting Oversight: Upcoming Trips

The Mwebaza Foundation’s Development Assistant, Devaki Douillard will be returning to Africa in January and February. While she is in Uganda she will help oversee the installation of doors, windows, and solar panels at St. Paul School; the installation of the roof at the new secondary school, and much more! She will also be visiting Kenya to assist in the initial construction stages of Empakasi Primary School's sustainable lunch program.

John Tembrock, a Boulder solar expert, will be joining Devaki in Uganda to oversee the installation of the solar array at St. Paul! Tembrock designed the solar array that will be installed at St. Paul. Hopefully, in the near future, an additional array based on Tembrock's design will be installed and the new middle school as well. Equipped with 12 solar panels, these arrays will provide lights for the schools, and support small computer labs in the future. 

Watch our latest YouTube video to hear from the Mwebaza students and community.

Eagle Crest’s Skype with Empakasi School

On Friday, Oct. 26th, Eagle Crest Elementary conducted their very first Skype session with Empakasi Primary School in Kenya. The feeling in the Eagle Crest gymnasium was electric! Despite the inevitable technical glitches, students from both schools were able to share stories songs and dances from their cultures.
This was made possible by a group of dedicated students at United States International University – Africa. These students organized a technology program at Empakasi that includes two portable solar panels, one battery charger pack, two mini iPads, and one small projector. These materials were donated by the First Congregational Church of Boulder. In addition to being able to Skype with their partner school, the staff at Empakasi use this equipment for developing and presenting engaging student lessons. 

 

Devaki Douillard, Anna, Dale Peterson
 

The Gift of Giving

Anna is a student at Coyote Ridge Elementary and just recently turned nine years old. Instead of asking for presents at her birthday party, she asked her friends to donate to the Mwebaza Foundation to help her partner school, St. Paul. When asked what differences she has noticed between Coyote Ridge Elementary and St. Paul School, she said, "Some kids there don't even go to school, but we are lucky enough to go to school and we have a lot of books."  Anna had her birthday party at X-arena and raised a total of $305! “I had fun with my friends and we were also making a difference. My friends thought it was really cool.” We were so impressed with Anna’s generosity, we asked her why she did it. “I got the idea to do this years ago after Jade (another Coyote Ridge Student) had a fundraiser birthday party and every school fundraiser goes to special projects for them so more money would help them more. So I decided to have a fundraiser.” The Mwebaza Foundation would like to thank Anna and all of her friends for supporting the students at St. Paul School. 

Spring Fundraisers 

This spring the Mwebaza Foundation will host its 7th annual Used Children’s Book Sale Fundraising Event! There will be two dates and two locations. Thousands of gently-used children’s books, most or under $1. Traditional African batiks and jewelry will be also be sold.
 

Niwot Elementary Book Sale

Niwot Elementary Gym
8778 Morton Rd. Niwot, CO
February 25th, 3:30-6:00

 

Eagle Crest Elementary Book Sale

Eagle Crest Elementary Gym
4444 Clover Basin Dr. Longmont, CO
March 5th, 3:30-6:00


Buy-A-Chick Fundraiser

The week of Eagle Crest’s Book Sale, the Mwebaza Foundation will hold a Buy-A-Chick Fundraiser to purchase egg-laying chickens for Empakasi School in Kenya. For every $5 donation, a student will receive 1 free book coupon valid for the Eagle Crest Book Sale and can write their name on a paper chick that will be displayed around the school. 
Share
Forward
Tweet
Copyright © 2014 The Mwebaza Foundation, Inc., All rights reserved.


unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp