Monday, August 8, 2011

The Nakate Project- where will you take Africa?

Happy Monday everyone! This week is a really important, fun week! Not only is it my birthday tomorrow, we got some cool things going on with the blog! Today I want to tell you about The Nakate Project. If you haven't heard of them, please read on! It is incredibly inspiring and I know you will be asking 'how can I help?!' So here ya go:

This week, the social enterprise Nakate will be raising $2,000 for a group of women and their families in Uganda. Nakate is an enterprise by nature, and usually makes their money to send back to Uganda through selling handmade goods from Kakooge, Uganda. But this week is different. This week, they are directly raising funds to wire back to the women they work with to boost their income in time for school fees, the rainy season and a nearby medical clinic that many of them are traveling to this week. The fundraiser is focused on 40 families, and giving them a break and a much needed financial boost during a hard time of the year.

Founder, Shanley Knox, writes "The goal of this fundraiser is to be able to give 100% of these funds to 40 families in Kakooge, Uganda. We are not paying ourselves. We are not spending any of this money to grow our organization. We are sending it all to Uganda."

You can donate to the fundraiser through The Tipping Bucket. The catch is that Nakate has to meet their goal in order to get this money. The way Tipping Bucket works, organizations only get their funding if they are able to reach their targeted amount during a scheduled amount of time. The Tipping Bucket is based on the belief that every single dollar helps, so hurry over and donate your dollar right now!

Below  is a photo of Mirembe. Like many peasants in Kakooge, twenty year old Mirembe hires herself out to dig cassava roots in order to survive. The firstborn of four children, Mirembe lost her father to AIDS in 2003, and her mother to AIDS in 2007. She has been looking after her younger siblings for three years now, one of whom she lost to kidney problems when he was 17. $40.00 of this fundraiser will go straight to Mirembe's pocket!

Visit Tipping Bucket to donate.

Note: there will also be a giveaway for those who donate $1.00 or more to this fundraiser - visit Nakate's facebook page for information on how to enter!

1 comment:

MiMi said...

Such a great cause! I can't wait to see your model shoot.


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