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.
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!
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!
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.
I really like that Fount of Mercy teaches business skills alongside the technical skills. Lotta art schools could take a page out of that book!
I had the opportunity to visit with Lori Acton and Vanessa Crowley of Fount of Mercy in July, 2013. The objective of my visit was to understand the impact Fount of Mercy was having on the community, the programs that were being implemented, as well as scout opportunities for my organization to partner with them. What I experienced was exceptional professionalism, clarity of mission and detail-oriented execution. Fount of Mercy's integration of Ugandan staff with minimal US-based staff management indicated their model is working. Also, visiting their Ugandan-managed vocational workshop confirmed that Fount of Mercy is committed to local ownership and management solutions. Fount of Mercy represents how a non-profit organization should be operating within another community: by leveraging that community's assets and infrastructure to promote inside-out transformation.
I'm privileged to know the directors of Fount of Mercy and Sewing hope. I have seen the growth of this vision and I'm glad to now see the benefits. I have seen all the potential they have to serve our people in Uganda. The trainings that have been given to both women and children is grate as we see transitions made in the women's lives as they learn skills and get to feel useful in our communities. You may not know this yet, but you did put a smile on my mother at Lwanda and my Aunty, who have lost all hope after they lost the only bread winners they had in their lives -husbands. Being part of a group with ability to learn and improve in different skills especially sewing, is giving many hope to seek for their own means of income.