Kampala, Uganda, will see Rose Charities, partner organizations, supporters and anyone interested meeting to discuss and hear presentations on education and health training. Rose Charities organizations ‘Brighter Smiles‘ and Stand Tall Education will be the main organizers but input from others such as the Hillman Fund , the Laura Case Trust , Greater Learning is anticipated. Topics will be widespread but cover such interesting areas as peer-to-peer education, health promoting schools (Dr Andrew Macab is an expert in this field), goal focus and enrichment of the education process, and new health promoting and training initiatives. There will be visits to the project sites of Stand Tall and Brighter Smiles, and (on Sat 9th) a strong discussion involvement by school children themselves. The goal is to educate and increase the practical knowledge base of participants, network and update on current areas of success in new health and education initiatives.
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Welcome to Madeleine Andersen who is volunteering at Stand Tall for the next 3 months. She brings her experience in teaching English as a Second Language to our students. She’ll be helping our kids hone their English skills and improve their grades in this very important subject.
Madeleine comes from San Francisco, California and is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, Ca.
Troy Scott participated in the GranFondo bike race from Vancouver to Whistler and raised over $1200 for Stand Tall. Thank you, Troy! You’re a true athlete and we look forward to next year’s race. Troy’s letter follows below.
Thanks to all your support, well wishes, and generosity, I made it through the ride in top spirits and with a decent time of 5 hours 14 minutes on Sept 8.
August might mean school break for some but at Stand Tall our L5 students were busy earning money, and learning a trade. Our school classrooms needed a paint job and who better to do it than our very own.
What do fast growing cabbages and fast growing chickens have in common? They’ll be supplementing our food program and helping to make Stand Tall sustainable. Fried eggs on cabbage with beans and rice. Now, that’s a meal.
Stand Tall has been chosen to host a series of workshops and performances on September 21st, the International Day of Peace. Thank you to Bwette Daniel Gilbert, who promoted Stand Tall as the perfect venue for the day’s events. Gilbert is a youth peace ambassador representing Uganda and the coordinator of the event at Stand Tall. Along with a series of workshops there will be a music performance in the evening featuring young rapper MC Flower as well as songs and poetry from our own students.
Each year we allocate some funds towards school improvements. Coming in June is new construction by one of our Stand Tall fathers. He’s building us a guard house, a goat house and a washing station. Two goats will join us at Stand Tall once completed.
In August during school break, we’ll be hiring some of our students to paint the classroom blocks under the guidance of our PTA head who is also a painter by profession. The kids will earn some money and develop new skills and our classrooms will look fresh and clean.
We’ve restocked our chicken coop with 200 new chicks that are growing fast. In six months our hens will be producing eggs and our cocks will be sold off for food. Sale of eggs goes to sustain our chicken rearing project.
A vegetable garden is in the making at Stand Tall. We’ve cleared an area for a garden and planted a variety of vegetables which will be used to supplement and add some tasty variety to our lunch program. Thank you to Mesach for coming to Stand Tall and sharing his knowledge of agriculture with us.
We couldn’t have asked for more. Great weather, a good turnout, tons of jewelry to choose from and a warm and lively atmosphere. Spring Bling was such a success that we plan to hold it again next year.
Thanks is due to our Board members who worked tirelessly to sort, polish and display the jewelry, to our volunteers who helped us from beginning to end, to our donors who gave us the jewelry to sell, and finally to all the people that came to our fundraiser.
This quilt was made by the children of Stand Tall and assembled in Vancouver by Claudie Azoulai. Each square was designed by one child and then printed and stitched by them. Thank you, Claudie for assembling the quilt in such a marvelous way. We think we have a masterpiece on our hands. This quilt/wall hanging will be auctioned off at the Spring Bling jewelry fundraiser on April 14 & 15, 2012.
We have a new partner!
Our first group of students will be graduating at the end of November and we have been asking ourselves “and then what?. We want to help these children go to the next stage – either to secondary school or vocational school and our concern has been how to provide for our graduates in a systematic and responsible way without eroding our commitment to Stand Tall and all that that entails. And as so often happens, our prayers have been answered and a solution is in the making.
Janice Garrett of Garrett-Moulton Productions, in Oakland, California (http://garrettmoulton.org/) and our most recent volunteer at Stand Tall has stepped up to the plate and volunteered to run the management of the sponsorship program. Our two organizations will be working together to raise funds for the continuing education of our children, to monitor the program and to network with the schools and the sponsors on the progress of each individual student. Janice is an extremely capable and dedicated individual and we feel very, very lucky to have her on board. We’ll have full details about this new venture in the next few months. We’re so excited to know that our best students will have the opportunity to continue their education.