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The Impact Uganda Giveback: One Year Later

Last June, we launched our first-ever Impact Giveback for Uganda. Our goal was to help our partners in Uganda, Jalia and Daniel, fund needed social programs in their community–and with your support, we donated over $32,000! Although Noonday is primarily focused on alleviating poverty through job creation, we believe that by working with our Partners to identify areas of great need, we can impact not only the Artisans we work with but entire communities.

Over the past year, we have worked closely with Jalia and Daniel to identify projects that would most greatly benefit both our Artisans we work with and the wider community. It is very important to us that our Partners, who are local to the community and have the greatest understanding of its needs, take the lead on identifying which projects we should invest in. We have also continued our commitment to projects that we had begun supporting prior to the Impact Uganda Giveback, like scholarships and daycare for children of Artisans. We are so excited to share just how far your support is going for this community. By shopping Uganda products and hosting Trunk Shows, you made our first ever Impact Giveback a huge success!

Emergency Support

For people living in poverty, an emergency can derail years of work in mere minutes. Our Ugandan Artisan Partners now have sustainable paychecks and a community they can count on. So many times, we’ve heard stories of our Artisan Partners rallying around one of their own to provide assistance and care in a time of need. However, sometimes a situation arrives that is beyond the community’s ability to handle.

Mama Sham, also known as Tushabe, was one of the very first Artisans Jalia and Daniel hired after beginning to partner with Noonday. Her joyful spirit and infectious laugh are well known throughout the workshop, and she never fails to make everyone she meets feel like family. Last year, Mama Sham fell very ill and needed surgery to survive. With some of the money we had set aside in the Impact Giveback fund, we were able to cover the entire cost of this life-saving surgery and ensure that Mama Sham was treated in the best hospital in Kampala. Today, she has fully recovered and has returned to the workshop, where her smile continues to spread joy to everyone she encounters!

Daycare Improvements

Did you know that Noonday helps fund a daycare center for the children of our Artisan Partners? Jalia began dreaming of starting a daycare center when she saw how much the women in her community were struggling to find safe places for their children while they worked. With no other support systems and a desperate need to earn an income, they had few options for childcare. Many women would be forced to leave their young children with elderly relatives who could struggled to care for them, or even left them locked in their houses until they could return.

Today, Jalia and Daniel’s daycare center provides a safe and loving place where the children of our Artisans Partners can learn and grow at no cost to their parents. Jalia and Daniel have also opened the daycare up to other families in their communities, charging a small fee that helps ensure the daycare is sustainable.

As part of the Impact Giveback, Jalia plans to make improvements to the daycare center that will make it an even more beautiful and effective space for the community’s children!

A New Library

One of the biggest additions to the daycare center will be a brand new community library! Jalia has long dreamed of creating a library where all community members can come to read and learn. Books are precious commodities in the region, and most community members have never had the opportunity to own books of their own. Illiteracy remains a big problem for the poorer members of the community–but Jalia’s goal is to change that. With this library, anyone who wishes to read and learn will be able to borrow books freely. We know the addition of the library is going to have an incredible impact for our Artisan Partners and their entire community, and we can’t wait to see it in action!

Water Filters for Bead Rollers

In Uganda, many women spend hours every day walking to get clean water for their families. Add this to the hours of cooking and caring for their homes and children that most women are responsible for each day, and it becomes clear that there is very little time in the day for women to care for themselves or earn an income. In addition, there is no guaranty that the water will be safe to drink, and water-borne diseases account for a large percentage of illness among Ugandan children.

As part of the Impact Uganda Giveback fund, Jalia has devised a plan to provide approximately 100 bead-rollers in her community with easy-to-use water filters that will eliminate the need for women to walk miles each day in the heat for clean water. These bead-rollers are men and women who are not employed full-time by the workshop, but who work from their homes creating the vibrant paper beads that are used to create our Ugandan styles.

With the introduction of these water filters, over 100 families will receive clean, safe water — and the health of the entire community will see measurable improvements.

Thank you to everyone you participated in last year’s Impact Uganda Giveback! Together we can make a meaningful impact for families in Kampala. Be sure to check out our Impact Haiti Giveback, launching June 2017, to see how you can join us in creating an impact for families in Haiti, too!