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Fount of Mercy
March 29, 2011

As part of my second year of graduation school, I worked with Fount of Mercy for six months in Jinja, Uganda. Fount of Mercy is a fabulous organization that not only supports local indigenous organizations but also strongly supports women and their professional development. In every program, Fount works hard to include women in their work. One project I spent significant time providing monitoring and evaluation skills with was the Bread Basket Project. This project provides an employment opportunity for village women, many are widows, to come together and bake bread. They sell this bread in the villagers and use the proceeds to put back into their children’s community school. This employment opportunity not only provides extra income to these women, but also brings these women together to share in their difficulties and also helps to support their children in receiving an education they might not otherwise be able to afford. I would highly recommend Fount of Mercy to anyone who is either interested in volunteering with Fount or are looking for a new organization to donate his or her personal money. It is a fabulous organization that supports local women in every aspect of their work.

The Great!

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

seeing women feel empowered to continue working hard to bake bread in order to increase their income and provide funds to their community school.

Ways to make it better...

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

slowly continue to seek funds to expand their current work with local community-based organizations that supports gender mainstreaming.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I spent 6 months living in Uganda working to support Fount's work through M&E and education training. .