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Fount of Mercy
June 1, 2010

I had the life changing experience of participating in Fount of Mercy's Travel with Purpose program last summer. Upon arrival in Uganda, I was completely blown away by both the beauty of the country and the people and the immense poverty and need. After spending a week with a group of volunteers teaching in an orphanage, I can tell you that I have never seen poverty like that before in my life, but I left at the end of the week feeling good out the future of the children that attend that school because of what Fount is doing with the school. Through Fount of Mercy, the orphanage has funding for uniforms for students, meal plans and a library. Fount also provides strategic development expertise and leadership training for the school leadership.

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

working with the TOAST orphanage in Jinja. I have seen the school go from a one room shack to a multi building establishment with a library and strategic direction.

Ways to make it better...

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

help the organization build out it revenue model and fundraising so that the staff are salaried.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing I am apart of an organization that is making a great difference in the lives of at risk children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, responsive, grateful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

salary its staff members, expand to more organizations and countries.

Ways to make it better...

I was more skilled as a teacher

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

- having unsalaried staff - board that is not focussed on fundraising - lack of a robust revenue model

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Volunteer with Fount of Mercy in Jinja, Uganda.