The work being done in Uganda is so impressive and impactful. And Social Promise really leverages volunteers to make the donations go far. The Uganda education events for students in the U.S. are an important component of this organization's work.
Social Promise is an amazing charity and one where you can really see your dollars put to real life use. I have had the pleasure of knowing and supporting this charity for a few years now, and have even run the NYC marathon in support, because I was so impressed with the work and aid this charity provides to the people of Gulu. The people behind Social Promise are some of the most passionate and hard working around. They have made a difference in the lives of many.
I took my children to Social Promise's annual "African Adventure" event, and it was a tremendous learning experience for them. This event was a great way to raise awareness about African culture among even the youngest of participants. The organizers of the event had come up with very creative ways to fully engage the children, and teach the children about their peers living in rural Uganda. This helped raise the children's cultural and socio-economic awareness. It was fantastic,and we will go back every year!
Our daughter, Eliza looks forward to the African Adventure every year. She runs around with her passport getting it stamped at all the different countries. She has a blast!
I have known the founder of Social Promise, Sharon Crary, since she was in kindergarten. Last year, we discussed the possibility of us going to Uganda so I could see the hospital and orphanage Social Promise supports. This year, the two of us traveled to Gulu and spent ten days observing their needs and deciding what Social Promise would do in the upcoming year. Both the hospital and orphanage are incredible places. The majority of the people working in the hospital which has a nursing school are Ugandans. There are very few similarities between the Lacor Hospital and a hospital in the United States. All of the people I had the privilege to meet were so caring and dedicated to their work. The orphanage has approximately 100 children. They live with a "mother" in a cottage with 6 or 7 "siblings". It was designed to mimic a home with children of varying ages. They are all surrounded by love, but have very little in the way of possessions. Neither the hospital or the orphanage would meet our standards. But both are filled with caring people. My trip to Uganda filled me with awe of Sharon. Sharon was always greeted with smiles and thanks for what Social Promise has accomplished. She has done so much for the people of Gulu. Yet, there is so much more to do. Our donations will make it possible for Social Promise to continue and increase the special things that are done in Gulu.
Social Promise provides many benefits to not only Ugandan nonprofits, but also educates our community about the culture and needs of Uganda. I enjoy volunteering for Social Promise every year during the educational outreach program.
Truly speaking, I am totally impressed by the hardworking, caring members of this organization! I see their love for the underserved communities around the world. I see the members giving up their vacation and working with these underprivileged populations. I see the members in all age try to create consciousness around them! I see young members make necklaces, bracelets and other crafts to sell and raise money for the needy communities. I am fascinated with their love and care. Also I am encouraged to think about the disadvantaged community around me!
Social Promise is a wonderful organization that helps promote awareness about the disparities in healthcare and living standards in Uganda. What I love about Social Promise, that is so different from most non-profit organizations that work in developing countries is that Social promise partners with already established organizations in Northern Uganda in ways that do not perpetuate the white savior mentality and create further dependency on the community for outside help. Social Promise allows people that actually live in the community to decide what needs need to be addressed and the ways that they can be addressed to benefit the community in the best possible way. As someone from a developing country as well, I know the importance of dismantling the "white savior mentality" and viewing the people you are helping as equals and I believe Social Promise does a wonderful job at this.
Social Promise is a fabulous non-profit. Their dedication to the people they have charged themselves with helping is unmatched. Having seen the conditions and need in northern Uganda first hand I truly understand why Social Promise had to be started, and I know that they are doing a great service the people in that area.