Friends and Supporters of Raising Up Hope in Uganda,
We wanted to keep you informed on how the current state of the world is affecting RUHU's staff and kids.
This week, Uganda's President announced school closures and other closures similar to those happening around the world.
This spring marks 10 years from the beginning of Beautiful Response. Throughout 2020, we will be tracing the growth of Raising Up Hope for Uganda and Beautiful Response in our monthly emails.
During the spring semester of our Junior year, Sonja and I studied abroad in Uganda. After our academic program ended, we decided to spend two weeks at an orphanage
Thank you for your giving in 2019! Truthfully, it is difficult to capture the impact of your generosity. Below you'll find a chart breaking down Beautiful Response's 2019 expenses.
But what does it all mean? 103 kids attended school and received the full-time care of the RUHU family. 250+ kids attended the RUHU Primary School. 30+ Ugandans were employed with meaningful work. Patrick was able to continue his life-changing and life-saving work in Kampala's slums. But numbers and charts can't capture everything. Photos help.
In two weeks, three days after Maya turns one and three months before I turn 30, I am going to run my first marathon.
I wouldn't have thought the year I had a baby and started a job in investment banking would be the year I would choose to train for a marathon (what in the world was I doing at 25 years old that had me thinking I was so busy?!). But, I have decided to do it for two reasons. The first likely has to do with proving something to myself (and best left for a therapist?). But, the second, is to raise money for Beautiful Response.
What does it cost to run an orphanage in Uganda? We just wired money to Uganda for their June budget. We send money for tuition three times each year (January, April, August). In between those months we send money for the general operating expenses of Raising up Hope in Uganda. We didn’t have quite enough money in our bank account to meet all of the needs for June since the April tuition costs cleaned us out. Things just add up! To give you a sense of the monthly budget, I’ve listed out a few of the expenses.
Continue reading for Patrick's update, information about Caleb's upcoming trip, current needs, and a sponsorship testimony.
If you sponsor a child please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they experience the hope, joy, fear, uncertainties, and struggles that a new year of school brings.
Maya Pearl joined our family September 6th and nearly ever part of our life has felt different since.
Thank you to everyone who supported Beautiful Response in 2017 through your prayers and financial gifts. As you approach the new year, please consider making a year-end gift to Beautiful Response. We have a large year-end goal, and every gift helps. -Caleb & Sonja, on behalf of the kids of RUHU
We were short on money in September. We’re going to be short in January. A few checks didn’t come in that we had planned on, so we’ve had to pull the budget’s belt a few notches tighter. We hate it. We hate replying to William’s emails with, “we just don’t think it’s wise to do X when we already can’t afford Y.” Because X is always improving children’s lives in some way, but so is Y.
We thank God for this past month! As an organization we have seen many great things and have been busy with a lot of activities with the children, volunteers and staff. Our volunteers de-wormed and immunized all of the daycare and orphanage children. Desks were also repaired and new ones made in order to improve how the children were sitting and to make the learning environment more conducive. Beds were repaired by the volunteers as well.