We’re Going Virtual!

Join us on October 29th at 5:30PM for the live stream of the Sister Schools Virtual Gala!

COVID-19 has forced a massive shift in programming here at Sister Schools.  With school closures in Western Washington and Uganda we were unable to distribute supplies or do return presentations last spring.  Continuing lock-down restrictions and virtual learning meant we did not launch a new program cycle this fall either.  But we still believe that compassion, service, and social responsibility are vitally important lessons for children and young adults, especially in the midst of a pandemic.

“We don’t want to lose our children.  We don’t want to lose them.  We want to motivate them and remind them of their dreams and inspire them to live after their dreams.”
– Emily Hashima, Director of Ray of Hope Ministry

While we are looking forward to a future that returns us to supply drives, container shipments, and distribution tours, we have also been reckoning with the reality of life under lock-down in Uganda.  Our greatest fear is that many students who were enrolled in school last March will not be returning and will not benefit from the donations given by our local schools.

Your support will meet three critical needs in our Ugandan partner schools:

First, you will provide educational materials to Ugandan students.  Distance learning looks vastly different in Uganda: there are no virtual classrooms or video lessons.  Tezira, a teacher at Ntawo Primary School,  fears for her students who are already vulnerable: those families that cannot afford access to materials are precisely the ones who need help the most; she is worried that the children who need extra help are going to be left behind.
Second, you will meet a need for basic food support.  Parents often relied on schools to provide their child’s only meal for the day.  As weeks have turned into months, children have no choice but to become breadwinners in their families.  Selling produce and collecting clay along busy roadways is dangerous, putting students at risk of car accidents.  Sadly, reports of teen pregnancy and child marriages have spiked as young girls look for jobs outside their homes.
Finally, you will provide micro-grants to single mothers at our partner, Ray of Hope Ministries.  Forced to close their businesses, many of their children, but especially their sons, are resorting to scavenging and theft for survival.  The past six months have forced parents to purchase food for their children instead of product for their business.  Without a quick influx of funds, they will not be able to resume their businesses and their children will continue to look for dangerous ways to help.

You can relive last year’s 30th Anniversary Celebration by checking out the photos from the night-of.  You raised over $87,000 to continue our dual-impact program in local and Ugandan schools.  You have transformed whole communities – THANK YOU!
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