Fount of Mercy
May 31, 2010
I think Fount of Mercy is an amazing organization.
My first experience with Fount was when I traveled with my church's youth group to TAOST. Fount set our youth group up at TAOST where we assisted the teachers during the morning lessons. Teaching English was a huge focus and we utilized fun games, songs, and readings to help the children learn. During the afternoon sessions we led vacation bible school activities (i.e. games, arts and crafts,...) and played a lot of football (or soccer :))
As a chaperon, I was extremely nervous to take these youth to a third world country that none of us had every experienced. Fount of Mercy met with us multiple times in order to prepare us for this trip. They covered everything from team building exercises, to differences in the culture, to what to pack, to even going over our lesson plans and activities. Once on the ground in Jinja, Uganda Fount's attention to detail continued. Lori, an employee of Fount, handled our lodging, transportation, food, and also planned activities away from TAOST for our youth to see even more of Uganda.
I was so impressed with Fount of Mercy's mission of assisting grass root African organizations to care for and educate orphans that I immediately began planning a trip for the following year. I felt a bond with the children of TAOST so me and two friends decided to travel back. Fount of Mercy representatives were just as awesome if not even more so in planning for this trip. They took the skills of our three person team and focused on how we could best benefit TAOST. With Fount's help we set up lesson plans to include a variety of instructional strategies for the morning sessions and the afternoon sessions would then be spent with teaching the teachers how to incorporate these strategies into their lessons. While the trip was a lot of work, it was extremely rewarding. I often wonder if the trip did more for me then my work did at TAOST. However, I do know the lessons the teachers of TAOST learned from our time there will benefit the children for years to come.
Fount of Mercy allowed me to use some of my skills and education to help others. Fount made the trip planning easy so we were able to really focus on the mission of helping. Looking forward to my third trip back!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have seen the smiles and felt the hugs of the children of TAOST. I taught lessons to orphans in an old barn and gone back the following year to teach these children with four walls and a blackboard. The work that Fount does in tangible and meaningful.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Give them more money. As with all non profits, Fount of Mercy is limited on how many organizations they can assist in Uganda because of money. I feel the ground work for Fount has been set. Now they just need the means to continue their wonderful work.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
everything. I know this is very generic but it is honest. The time with Fount of Mercy in Jinja, Uganda has influenced all areas of my life.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
compassionate, kind, and fun.
Ways to make it better...
the airfare to Entebbe is cheaper so I could go back more often.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
fund raising. Because Fount is working with local African organizations it is hard to engage citizens in the U.S. The whole "out of sight out of mind" mentality.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & For two consecutive years spent a week at The Aids Orphan Student Trust (TAOST).