My friends at SAINT ANN Foundation in Kampala, Uganda, are trying to raise money to fund their activities. Since commencement of activities a few years back, SAF has organised multiple ‘youth cafe’, started a school for children with HIV/AIDS and started different kinds of livelihood programs for economically weaker sections. I have been involved (alongside other Rhodes Scholars) in a pro-bono/voluntary consulting role for over a year now.
Please consider contributing to their effort. World Remit works quite well, and I made my first contribution recently. Details on transfer methods can be found at https://saintannfoundation.wordpress.com/donate/. For Indian and British friends, I can make a transfer on your behalf to further cut down on transfer costs.
If you can’t donate at this point, you can still help! Please like and share their facebook page. SAF is expanding very rapidly and have applied for registration with international donor collaboratives (eg. GlobalGiving). Visibility and success will be a virtuous cycle and they can do well with your support and wishes!
I have also written about my experience of working with them on my blog (http://reflections-sb.blogspot.co.uk/), with excerpts below:
Saint Ann Foundation works in a very difficult environment. The average Ugandan earns almost a third of what an average India does, and India is a very poor country to start with. While working for RSSAF, I also realised that the challenges faced by the NGO sector in Uganda are quite large, with a very massive skill gap and weaker financial linkages, even compared to India. The ‘barriers to entry’ for new NGOs are immense. This is where something like Saint Ann Foundation comes in. They are a group of young, motivated Ugandans who are doing all they can to bring change in their community. As a privileged member of the global youth community, I believed that it was imperative on my part to help them in any way I could. Therefore, even after the project ended, I have been in touch with SAF and working with them intermittently. SAF has now reached an inflection point – they have acted on most of the recommendations that we gave them, and the biggest barrier they now face is one of capital. Much like other NGOs in Uganda. This could be my, and your, chance to pitch in.