Greetings from Hope for Hearts founder!
|Greetings Hope for Hearts Supporters!
We hope this letter finds you in good spirits. Many of you know about our mission of helping orphaned girls at St. Elizabeth Girls Academy (SEGA) in Kampala City, Uganda. Thanks to you, 200 disadvantaged girls are now living safer lives at SEGA, receiving food, clean water, clothing and shelter. Additionally, they are learning important skills to give them a better chance at an independent life.
It’s been an eventful year for Hope For Hearts. Last September, our founders, Cristen Jacobsen-Champagne and Father Muggaga Lule traveled to Uganda to visit SEGA. Along with bringing much-needed food and supplies, including 200 mattresses and 40 beds, they were eager to see what the girls have been up to since Father Mugagga’s last visit. Before SEGA, these girls would have been born and died in the slums.
Cristen and Father Muggaga also made a special trek to check in on some of the girls who have since graduated from St. Elizabeth Girls Academy. One 19-yr old graduate is able to work as a seamstress, and earns money to feed and house her four younger siblings. She also pays for their schooling because there is no public school system in place in Uganda. Cristen and Father Mugagga were inspired to see firsthand the direct impact educating one girl at SEGA for one year has had on four children.
Another great development this past year was the official launch of Phase 1 of our project to build a new SEGA flagship academy and campus. Since the school’s founding in 1998, our girls have been living in tents and dilapidated buildings on just one acre of land. With the 30-50-acre piece of land we are currently looking to purchase, we will be able to build a much larger, better-equipped vocational school and rehabilitation facility. The new campus will house up to 1,000 orphan girls in Uganda, at an estimated cost of $4.5 mil.
Our existing facility is still in need of many things, including food, school supplies, a TV or music system, computers, sewing machines, embroidering machines and cooking appliances and supplies. Because we depend on 100 percent on private donations to run SEGA, every contribution counts, large or small!
We hope you will continue to help us help hundreds of orphaned girls in Uganda who have no one to love and care for them without SEGA. We thank you so much for your continued support and for helping to transform the lives of so many deserving young women.
Thank you so much for all that you do,
Every contribution counts! Please donate today!
Thank You to our Supporters!
July 20, 2012 by Cristen Lyn Jacobsen
No donation is too small, every penny truly counts for these kids to stay alive and have a future.