Fount of Mercy

Rating: 4.74 stars   54 reviews

Issues: International

Location: Church St Station PO Box 3379 New York NY 10008 USA

Mission: There are over 48-million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa. These orphans are left with few options. They are either left in the hands of an extended family member, are taken in by the community, or they are unfortunately abandoned on the streets. Poor nutrition, loss of education, vulnerability to crime, child labor, sexual exploitation, abduction and prostitution are realities too many orphans are facing. Traditionally in Africa, children live with an extended family member when their parents die. It is because of this tradition that Africa has been able to handle the orphan crisis with a modicum of survival. Today as the crisis has become increasing overwhelming, the traditional cultural safety net for orphans has persisted but has been greatly stretched and tried. Where extended family adoption is the best means of care, the new mouths to feed financially burden extended families. The combination of extreme poverty and AIDS has made it nearly impossible for the extended family to care for the increasing number of orphaned children. Grandmothers and widows are caring for six to ten children with limited access to any resources. Without assistance from local grass-root organizations these women and children are destitute. Why We Work With Grass-Root CBOs and NGOs?As Africa?s traditional means of orphan care has suffered, local African communities have responded. Africans who are committed to the care of orphans, have stepped in and organized their communities to respond. Through supplementing care, these indigenous grass-root organizations partner with their communities and these overburdened caregivers to provide free to low cost education, feeding programs, vocational training, access to healthcare and in worse cases foster care or residential care. While these grass-root Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are the lifeline of hope for their communities, they are nevertheless in great need of assistance. In order to meet the full need of their community?s orphan population they need support, encouragement and a helping hand to reach their vision.
Geographic areas served: Uganda

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I know about the organization through Sewing Hope and my friend Tara. In our world where the want for profit and power relies on the exploitation of people, keeping them physically and/ or emotionally tethered to fear, those who work relentlessly with the idea in their hearts, that when one of us hurts, we all hurt, should be supported no matter what. I am impressed that the people that are the recipients Fount of Mercy/Sewing Hope's programs, are being offered holistic education, learning the whole process, being taught skills and offered ideas that will move them forward, to heal themselves and their communities.
I just think Tara is great, she walks the walk, and is able to do worthy and important work because Fount of Mercy came to be, then Sewing Hope.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

i spent 4 weeks in the summer of 2010 in a place i never in my wildest dreams, would have thought to go. A woman i worked with wrote a piece about SEW FOR HOPE and FOUNT OF MERCY in our local newsletter. It spoke of doing something with our talents - making costumes for TV, FILM, BROADWAY and concerts- in a whole new way. We could take our sewing skills and TEACH people to sew so they could make a living for themselves. Now, i am used to creature comforts of home... talk about culture shock... but in a good way! The Ugandans were so happy to learn what I knew.I taught a bit of sewing, some basic jewelry making, and a little embroidery. It was something that made me feel like i was making a great contribution to a few peoples lives. Fount of Mercy set everything up for my travel and accommodations! It was the true trip of a lifetime!!!

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Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered in Uganda with Fount of Mercy teaching sewing and design skills to AIDS widows and other vulnerable women. It was an amazing experience. We traveled to different towns and villages, located near Jinja and Kampala to teach and help at various organizations. I love that Fount of Mercy is boots-on-the-ground-grassroots. They have direct experience and relationships with every orphanage and organization that they seek to help and support. Uganda itself and its people are beautiful. In addition to the hands-on volunteering which was very rewarding, we also got to have some free time for side-trips and activities to experience the country. (There's no where else more challenging and rewarding to go white water rafting than on the Nile!) I highly recommend volunteering with Fount of Mercy.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fount of Mercy has been a part of my life for many years. I met the women who started it at our church and have been excited watching their dreams come to reality ever since. They continue to grow and spread their reach for inspiring and enabling widows in amazing ways. They do the work that I wish I have always done myself. They take the idea and do it. When so many of us aren't able to or don't believe we can. This organization literally works wonders! I am happy to be able to support financially when I can and spread the word far and wide. Fount of Mercy is truly a fount of empowerment and help for all that come to its waters!

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an Ambassador for The GO Exchange and we sell Fount Of Mercy scarves. They are well-made and beautiful pieces of art. Better than the actual product is the fact that the employees are paid a living wage for creating these gorgeous scarves. It is an honor to be in partnership with Fount of Mercy!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I toured this operation in Uganda and continue to support it in the States. We love what they are doing overseas and the innovative ways (fashion shows, etc.) that they raise money at home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cannot think of any.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned about Fount of Mercy through one of its founders, and have watched them grow and serve over the years. They do amazing work and have a direct, measurable impact on the lives they touch - they fill such an important role, one that is often overlooked but very much in need of just the right people and skills for the job. I cannot think of any other nonprofit more deserving of publicity and support!

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fount of Mercy is a unique and powerful organization. I love that they are structured to support and empower grassroots organizations-- that's a really sensitive approach to community development. I love that Fount is forward-thinking and always looking for new ways to serve the community. For example, they've just launched their hand-batiked scarf projects and are now able to employ artisans full-time. Love these guys!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'm really not sure! From my perspective, they're doing a great job!

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Have been privileged to be a part of Fount of Mercy from its inception. Not only do I support and believe in their efforts in Uganda, I know one of the founders, her convictions and her passion. I will continue to support this organization.

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization does incredible work all around the world. Through their work, people are getting knowledge to improve their life, their families, their communities and their countries.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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