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June 12, 2012

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June 12, 2012

Fount of Mercy is a forward thinking and innovative non profit working to further African grass roots organizations. It is a small but powerful organization that worked with me and my skill set to help local village women. I was able to create and edit business curriculum lessons that were taught to women in villages near Jinja, Uganda. In addition, I also researched and developed prototypes to determine the most viable solution for a sanitary pad project. Fount of Mercy realizes that all women have the right to privacy, health, and dignity and that creating innovative solutions can improve lives.

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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?

2011

June 12, 2012

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June 12, 2012

Volunteering with Found of Mercy was an amazing opportunity. The majority of our time and energy was focused on the work we did with HODASSU, which was a really great, and really challenging experience. I was given the chance to teach a photography class to some of the children there, starting a basic foundation for future photography classes to build upon. Investing in the kids' lives was awesome. And learning to connect with people from a different culture, especially those with impaired hearing, was a beautiful experience. The Fount of Mercy staff I worked with before and during the trip to Uganda were all a huge support and encouragement. FOM really is such an organized, well-prepared and knowledgeable organization; and because of this, I felt very confident and comfortable in the traveling process, as well as in the various activities we took part in while In Uganda. Volunteering with Fount was awesome. And because of their deeply-rooted passion to help empower those in need in Africa, Fount of Mercy continues to bring about inspiration, growth, and hope for the future.

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Likely

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?

2011

June 5, 2012

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June 5, 2012

I interned with Fount of Mercy in Uganda for 6 months and it was honestly the best 6 months I've had in a long time. I grew a tremendous amount, not just because of the new culture, but because of the work Fount does. While in country I helped develop a new vocational program, a beginning sewing class. The basis behind this curriculum was to give students the basic sewing skills they need to start their own tailoring businesses. I trained two local tailors to as teachers for the future class. During the training I saw how how the class really will be something that can help people, as tailors will always be in demand. I think the teacher training would have been more beneficial had there been more time (it was a bit condensed in order to finish before my departure). Regardless of the time restraint the vocational classes Fount of Mercy offers provide not only skills but a personal satisfaction and pride in every student who completes them. Fount realizes what an accomplishment completing a skills course is and they recognize this achievement (and the students) with a graduation ceremony. This is just a small example of the incredible work Fount does and one of the few ways they continue to help others help themselves.

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The Basic Business Classes and Beginning Sewing teacher training. I had the privilege of being involved with 2 Business Class graduations, which is a great accomplishment in itself. And the way Sarah and Margaret came through and finished all of their sample work, as well as following along with the contents of the curriculum book, made me feel so good! The success of the training made me confident that the classes themselves would run smoothly as well.

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

Hire me! Too bad you have to have the right amount of resources to do that...

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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?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It certainly did! After working with Fount I had a very clear idea that I would like my career to take a path towards [vocational] program development and [life] skills training. It also helped me gain a different perspective on life in general as well as interactions between people, relationships, and social cues.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel accomplished and empowered. I learned that with the limited knowledge I have, I can share it with others and help them out all the while I am learning from them. It made me very happy to be able to make connections and build relationships with the individuals I worked with.

June 4, 2012

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June 4, 2012

I have worked with Fount of Mercy in Jinga Uganda. Our team ran a Leadership conference to build the capacity for the leaders of indigenous NGO's to give the leaders business skills and and other educational support. Many of the local NGO's are run by women and all of them are focused on helping orphans and their caregivers which are almost all women. The work they do is extremely impactful. I am already planning this years trip for another leadership conference as well as working with some of the other organizations that they partner with in country. Another facet of Fount of Mercy's work in Uganda is health education for women and girls to help them understand the threat of AIDS and unplanned pregnancy as well as how their bodies work. They are a fantasic organization and I recommend working with them in any capacity whether here at home or in Uganda.

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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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 4, 2012

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June 4, 2012

Fount of Mercy is a amazing organization. I have been keeping up with their progress since my daughter was a volunteer with them three summers ago. I am very impressed by the work they do in Uganda and the skills they teach their clients. I know of very few organizations that actually teach occupational AND business skills. My daughter volunteered for "Sewing Hope" a skill group under Fount of Mercy. She was able to teach tailoring to her students. Tailoring is a very specific skill that increases their level of expertise to be able to make clothing more attractive and fit better. Each volunteer comes with their own set of skills. they are all unique, yet work to help the students of Fount of Mercy reach their full potential.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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March 29, 2011

I spent the month of January volunteering with Fount of Mercy in Jinja, Uganda. I have been involved on the state side of things for about a year, but really didn't know how much FOM does until I was ... more

June 4, 2012

I traveled to Uganda to volunteer with Fount of Mercy for the month of January this year. I was leading an Art Camp for children from several different villages and orphanages that FOM frequently works with. When I got to Uganda, all of the details of the camp were already in place. Ugandan translators had been hired and were always there excited to work with me, all of the supplies that I needed were ready, transportation for the children was set up and in place...it was smooth and effortless because they had handled all of the details for me before I got there. Camp went incredibly well. I was impressed with the relationship that FOM has with the community leaders that they work with. The last 2 weeks that I was in Uganda I worked on several other projects and saw how much growth there has been over the past year. The Vocational Training Program has been training sewing teachers in a new curriculum so that they can go on to teach in their communities. There are great things happening and I see so much hope for the future. I can't wait to go back to Uganda and volunteer with FOM again.

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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?

2012

March 29, 2011

I spent the month of January volunteering with Fount of Mercy in Jinja, Uganda. I have been involved on the state side of things for about a year, but really didn't know how much FOM does until I was able to be there in Uganda and see it first hand. I worked mostly with the director of the Community Health Initiative to write and direct short skits that taught really important lessons about safe sex, living with HIV/AIDS and the problems that young girls face with dangerous "sugar daddies". We had several Ugandan youth that helped us translate the skits and also act in them. We then took the skits to several different day camps. After performing them we would have an question and answer session with the kids. It was awesome. One day we had about 50 girls that were able to ask very important questions about puberty, hygiene and their bodies. They were so gracious and thankful to us for letting them talk freely and openly about these subjects. I think they were just really glad that they could get some answers. Fount of Mercy is run by some very dedicated, hard working people. I am so impressed with how many different programs they are running. I think that there is a lot of room to grow in the community health initiative and I think they are on the right track. FOM inspires and encourages the people that they work with to have hope for a better life. They want to work hand in hand with the people in the communities and educate them in things that they can use to support their families. It doesn't feel like a charity. It feels like a family of people that truly love and inspire eachother. There is still so much that can and will be done. We have been talking about doing some programs for teenagers and women that address women's health issues. And developing reusable feminine hygiene products which would be life changing for so many women. I can't wait to go back and continue working with them. It was a totally life changing experience for me. I feel so blessed to have been a part of it.

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I got to know a few of our Ugandan translators very well. One girl's name is Rita. She has been helping with FOM camps for about a year. She is 20 years old and grew up in an orphanage in Uganda. She repeatedly told me that she is "the luckiest one" because she is learning so much from the Fount of Mercy staff. Volunteering with the Community Health Initiative has inspired Rita to go to nursing school. She wants to continue to learn and educate her community about things she has learned from the camps.

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It is hard for me to think of something to put right here, because I honestly can't think of anything I would really change. I think that Fount of Mercy is lacking the PR that it needs to get the regular donations that it needs to survive and grow. I think that if more people in the states were aware of the great things going on in Uganda, it would make a big difference. FOM has a small staff and there is so much to do, I don't think that advertising and fundraising are very high on the priority list.

March 31, 2011

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March 31, 2011

Even though I had supported Fount of Mercy for years, it wasn't until I traveled to Uganda and experienced first hand, that I realized the powerful effect their work has on the women and children if Africa. Immediately, it was clear that Uganda women have a strong inner strength, but this organization gives them tools they need to provide for their families. Working with indigenous African organizations, Fount of Mercy has enabled these women to achieve success within their families and their communities, a true meaning of empowerment!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The results are evidenced in the testimonials that were given by the women in Uganda

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

The main area I would change would be increasing awareness so there would be additional funding.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

Sewing Hope's approach of training teachers within existing community groups is a sustainable model for development. Sewing Hope's founder, Tara Hawks is dedicated to helping Ugandan women gain vocational skills so that they can earn a living for their families. With this end goal in mind, she constantly questioning her approach and seeking feedback from students to ensure that her efforts are effective. Other organizations that I encountered while in Uganda, were only distributing machines but not providing training. Sewing Hope, provides specialized vocational training by expert volunteers so the machinery is used to it full potential and is properly cared for over time.

With Tara Hawks now working full time, I believe Sewing Hope has clear goals and is on track to keep growing and expanding.


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After 2 weeks teacher training with a group called Care and Share, we presented only our 2 best students with certificates for the completion the course. Along the way we had to ask 2 women to leave because they were not skilled enough for the training and identified 2 more that with considerable leadership skills, who we hoped could train with us later. Our tough decisions paid off because we helped the group identify their strongest leaders and we equipped them with skills to teach others.

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

As a young organization, Fount of Mercy would benefit from volunteers who can spend more time on the ground. While the volunteers are experts in their fields, they are unable to dedicate sufficient time in country. As the organization grows, this will be a great way to become more influencial.

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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?

Likely

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

i have been with fount of mercy for a year now. i have learned a lot from it as a woman.it has very good programs most especially for women.We have a saying if you educate a woman you have educated the whole nation.Therefore i have learned about birth control with out spending money by day counting,how to prevent family from STD and AIDS from the voluteers.This knowledge in uganda you need to go health centre to be get this education but this organization brings it to the grass root.
This organization has imparted skill to the women in order for them to Job creators not seekers.For example the Tailoring and Design for women,Baking bread,cakes and others.Handcraft making of paper necklss,bangoes,bags and maney other things.This is how the women are having their small income.Not like before when they nothing to do and take care of their families.I have too much to about fount of mercy if given a full day.Thank to this Orgasation and people who put their heads together make that woman to be some.God bless you

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I have personally experienced in that i have seen them bake,sewing and bought some bread from them.i have attended the health education classes.The volunteers give them good skill but they hear for a short time.

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

I would get for them market for their beautiful products like the paper necklaces,bags and money others.Buy for women a sewing machine for 2per sewing machine.Have ladies make a come together day out at least once or twice a year to relief their stress of all work with any fun.One day we would share about the year achievements and the next year to come,have a bible sharing,groundnuts and a cup of tea.I would give the volunteers more time to teach.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

Fount of mercy ministries is one of the non profit organisations that has been very foundamental in empowering our Ugandan women for example Bulubandi Women's group in Iganga and care ans share women in Rwanda with alot of life skills in so many fields such as in tailoring and sawing skills ,beaking,craftsmanship and helping in various primary schools like Rock primary school (Rwanda, Ug) and TOAST primary scahool (Mafubira Ug) by educating and equiping teachers with enough skills and facilitating them by providing them with teaching material and physical eduation material like balls and very many others.

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yes i have experienced the results of this organisation because i have seen the work and out comes of the women after they have been tought by this group because alot of them have right now started their own survival businesses like sawing for commercial like school uniforms and now many can earn aliving.

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

I would like to extend or enlarge their teritory or work beyond eastern uganda so that they can cover or work in alarger area of the country because their work is sogood for the community development.

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Definitely

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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