The Era of the Women

Won’t you be my sister

By Amanda Gorman, US Youth Poet Laureate

 

Mark me as a ripple

Make me a piercing drop

Just so I can be but a note

Of froth at the lip of a wave,

In the roar of this cresting ocean.

 

Name me breath,

Know me as air

Dancing nude in the tree tops,

Just so I can be but a sigh

In the cry of this changing wind.

 

Call me heat,

Claim me red

Of flash writhing in fervor

Just so I can be but a spark

In the pulse of a newborn flame.

 

Hear me as a woman

Have me as your sister

On purpled battlefield breaking day,

So I might say our victory is just beginning,

 

That you and I are women

No longer trying to woo men

Holding the truth to be self-evident

That all genders are created equal.

 

See me as change,

Say I am movement,

That I am the year

And I am the era

Of the women.

Sustainability with Trees

We stand for protecting the environment!  So They Can Thrive will soon work with local farmers in Uganda to plant trees on their land. These trees will provide farmers with sustainable food and income by growing fruits, nuts, and medicines. In an area that has experienced extensive clear cutting for charcoal production, planting trees will improve agricultural yields, reduce soil erosion, and improve the health of the soil. This will also protect biodiversity by improving habitat and providing a jumping-off point for several other sustainable agroforestry projects in the area, thereby improving the livelihoods of hundreds of Ugandan farmer and their families.  Thank you for being a part of this vital work!

 

Growing Food Stability

More than half of Ugandans live in poverty without reliable access to food. Despite good soil and favorable weather, there are many barriers preventing poor farmers from making the most of the country’s growing economy. Farmers depend on access to good quality seed of well-adapted, productive crops to allow them to produce the best possible crops. So They Can Thrive works with farmer groups to promote the multiplication and diffusion of quick maturing, drought tolerant, and disease-free seeds, as well as vegetatively-propagated planting materials. This improves farm yields and ensures stable food security.

Community Clinics

Access is still the greatest challenge to health care delivery in Africa. Fewer than 50% of Ugandans have access to modern health facilities. Thanks to your support, we are setting up community clinics and providing much needed medicines to the poorest of poorest of communities.

Education Impacting Poverty

Education has an incredible impact on poverty all over the world. When ways to grow and develop become available, poverty decreases. For education in Uganda, the story is no different. By providing access to education, we enable many Ugandans to push themselves into brighter futures.

Meal Necessity During the Pandemic

 

A typical family size in Uganda is six to eight members. Reports indicated families were sharing a single meal per day. We have since been providing two nourishing meals per day for all children, even when they are out of school due to the Covid pandemic. We are able to provide meals largely in part to our sustainable 24-acre farm. Thank you for being a part of this team and supporting our work to create and sustain this program! 

Our New Executive Director Ivan Woods Kasujja

We are happy to introduce So They Can Thrive’s new Executive Director, Ivan Woods Kasujja! Ivan is the visionary and passionate Team Leader of Hope Aid Foundation Uganda (formerly Pamoja Africa Outreach) which he founded in 2010. The Hope Aid Foundation was founded as a Response to the overwhelming number of Vulnerable Children and women in Uganda. Ivan is also the proprietor of Woods Events, an event management and function hire services company in Uganda that employs 15 former child soldiers. Ivan graduated from Cavendish University Uganda in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in public relations and media management. He also undertook a leadership and community service training from Renewal University Uganda in 2009.

Before he founded Pamoja Africa Outreach in 2010, he worked as a Field Mission Team Coordinator for Africa Renewal Ministries, a position that earned him much needed experience in charity outreaches and organization operations. Ivan has worked and partnered with different humanitarian organizations for 15 years now.

Ivan and the team at Hope Aid Foundation are committed to a holistic approach of helping communities Thrive, advocating for vulnerable women and children in Uganda. As we embrace women and children, meeting their essential needs and empower them to take care of their own families, together we are engaging communities for positive transformation.

A product of a Child Sponsorship program, Ivan came from the poorest of backgrounds. It’s upon that very poor experience that he was inspired to start supporting communities and advocating for vulnerable persons in East Africa. He has worked as a volunteer in countries like Rwanda, South Sudan, Congo, Kenya and Tanzania while caring for orphaned children, building schools, hospitals and clean water wells.  Welcome to the team, Ivan!