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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Christianity, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Religion

Mission: Our mission is to expand the horizons of hope for the less fortunate by helping them help themselves.

Results: We built 8 water wells in Bunnamweri Village, Uganda. We are sponsoring 29 children. (School and boarding). First born baby in our new health clinic (July 2016)

Target demographics: Children

Direct beneficiaries per year: The new wells will help provide safe drinking water to 30,000 residents.” New Vision, Uganda's Leading Daily"

Geographic areas served: Central Region, Uganda

Programs: The avenues by which SSFOH pursues the empowerment of the less fortunate are as follows: Education Facilitation & Sponsor a Child Program: Financial support for endangered girls and orphans in need of educational assistance. Water and Wellness Initiative: Access to clean and safe water and general health services, particularly for the elderly who can no longer reach the valley for draw water. Faith Promotion & The Way of the Cross: Foster Christian values in small rural communities.​

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a new international social worker, I fully support Fr. Dennis and the Board of Directors of STEPPING STONES in their mission to elevate the quality of life of the people of Uganda. The work that Fr. Dennis has already accomplished and will accomplish in the future as STEPPING STONES grows and prospers through generous donations, will bring the basics of clean water and quality education to those who now have very little. We Americans enjoy these benefits as an every day occurrence; but not everyone enjoys these basics as we do. I know that when I give a donation to STEPPING STONES all of the money will be used for the cause that it was intended for. Please, I encourage you to support Fr. Dennis in his effort to bring about hope and dignity to the people of Uganda.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Insipred to bring hope to the vulnerable children and people namely the girls,opharns and elderly of his home town in Bunnamweri ,Mpigi in Uganda fr. Dennis founded the Stepping stones foundation of hope (SSFOH) in 2009. The focus of the foundation is to facilitate education,provide better general health services,faith promotion and to make clean water accessible all parishioners of Bunnamweri. with this vision, Fr.Dennis and the board of directors started working tirelessly on this project. three out of seven water stations have been built so far, to pipe clean water through the town : for education facilitation, sponsor a child program has been put in place . in this program, financial support is given to the children to meet their tuition fees. according to the donation received ,the foundation is sponsoring 32 children, the annual cost of taking each child to school ranges from $300 to $900 depending on their educational level , and a meditative boulevard of about one kilometre of stations of the cross are being built to promote our faith. we kindly invite individuals,corporations and organisations among others to financially support the wonderful cause of the foundation. we grateful to father Dennis, the board of directors and well wishers. please visit www.ssfoh.org to get to know this grate foundation better.

N. Mildred

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am greatly honored to be part of the Stepping Stones Foundation. For our many brothers and sisters who benefit from the generous hearts of these heroes is indeed their hope for tomorrow. Thanks to Fr. Dennis and all board members for all the great work you do for these children.

Lillian4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this is a foundation that is so close to my heart. my whole family has been blessed because my sister is among the people benefiting from it. by helping her they have helped the whole family. i cannot thank Fr DENNIS enough. I hope STEPPING STONES goes so many places because it does tackle problems we do face each and every day and that is EDUCATION. For someone to help me in such an area is something priceless. THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE for a great job.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is clearly a need-based project! Those in need are met and served as they are, where they are. Though people are pressed with overwhelming survival needs, a project of water, education and faith is a liberating exercise, not just for the individuals who gain immediate, direct benefits, but for the entire region and for many years to come. Thank you Stepping Foundations of Hope for instilling hope that lasts.

Elida O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to have met Fr. Dennis when he was still a seminarian and he came to our small church St. Patrick's in East Chicago, IN. He has always show such compassion for people. From sitting in a class room with children learning how to play a guitar to giving an insperational sermon. I especially enjoyed listening to Fr. Dennis when he spoke about the children/orphans he helped. With the Steppin Stones foundation he is able to help even more people. This foundation is not only helping children, it also helps whole communities. By bringing clean drinking water to these villages by provinging wells. Having clean drinking water makes it possible for children to attend school instead of walking miles to bring water to their homes. Stepping Stones Foundation is providing a much needed assistance to these children and villages. Education and clean drinking water are two simple things that we take for granted. I want to thank Fr. Dennis and all his volunteers for helping us open our eyes to the need of others not just our own.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Father Dennis since he assisted at our parish (St. Lawrence O'Toole) as a seminarian. He quickly became involved, getting to know us and helping us along our spiritual journeys. Fr. Dennis' quiet, gentle way and ready smile helped endear him to us, many of whom still keep in touch with him. Our parish came to know of Fr. Dennis' love for the poor and thus it gave us great pleasure to support his clean water project -- because we knew the funds would be used responsibly. Imagine how happy we were just a few months later when we saw a photo in our parish bulletin of the water station we funded! In such a short time we made a difference in people's lives -- all because of Fr. Dennis' commitment to the less fortunate.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Rev. Dennis Kasule for a number of years. He interned at our parsih for six monthe. During this time I came to know him personally. He has a passion for the poor and marginalized. Upon his ordination and return to Uganda he immediately implemented several projects. The first was to bring safe, potable water to a local village. He and his organization (Stepping Stones Foundation of Hope) raised the required funds for two wells in the United States. He then turned his attention to educating poor and disadvantaged girls in his village. Again fund raising took place in the United States. Rev. Kasule made appeals to people in our faith community. Becuase the community places great trust in him, we donated generously to these worth projects. Rev. Kasule's efforts have truly provide tangible and long lasting health and education benefits to people in the local villages . SSFH is doing great work were it's needed most! We will continue to provide support. Deacon John Rangel Matteson, IL

Donor

Rating: 5

This group brings the basics of life to people, like water and education. These are the things prople need to be able to grow and support themself.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping the people in Uganda is very important to me. They are not as lucky as we are with our living necessities. This foundation puts 100% effort into raising money for this great cause. They need wells to shorten their distance to get water. They need funds to educate students. In spite of the obstacles, they remain a loving, family oriented people. I am so happy to be part of this nonprofit organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a great experience as a volunteer. Knowing that you are making someone smile and giving them hope is a great feeling. It is a great way to extend our love.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a great experience volunteering for the SSFOH foundation. To think of the simple pleasures that we take for granted like drinking water is so hard to come by in Uganda is just unreal in this day and age. Volunteering for this organization is truly a pleasure. Fr. Dennis is awesome along with the people who have worked tirelessly trying to get the word out about this great foundation. I hope people will recognize what great work that has been done and what is yet to be!

Fernado B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

the goals of stepping stone foundation are the reason I volunteer. it helps extend our love to our brothers and sisters that live in a different ciontinent, but on the same planet. Seeing the happy faces of the families that have access to clean water, the child who has an opportubity to a bright future through education and the tears of joys expressed when cold hearts are warmed. I will forever be grateful for being asked to be part of the stepping stones foundation of hope. Together we can make a diffference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Im an EMT and one day i was taking a Patient to her dying bed because of Lung Cancer she told me that if she knew she would have given all that money spent to cigarretes to a St Jude Cancer research,because these Kids/patients never wished that they get Cancer…… No one wishes to be in the boat you are in.!!!!! Stepping Stone is one of the foundation that does exactly what we all want to hear…. save a life !!! Im a volunteer and all the help you give,saves lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The SSFOH is a blessing to the few of the many poor and vulnerable children leaving in the rural parts of Uganda. I am blessed to have had whatever i needed when i was growing up, but many families in Uganda are poor and cannot afford to look after their children, or even have the basic necessities of life including food, health services and clean, safe water. SSFOH additionally seeks to teach moral and christian values to the communities to which it serves. This is very important because spiritual growth is as much needed in a person's up-bringing just as emotional and physical growth. What touches my heart, being a woman is the fact that this non-profit seeks to look after the 'girl child.' Girls are very vulnerable in our society and SSFOH has has done whatever it can to enable girls believe in their dreams hence giving them a bright future. May God bless this non-profit and its Board/ Members/ Sponsors/ Volunteers, its a job well done! Hope more sponsors can help this organization in any way to keep the light of Christ shining through blessing the poor in the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones Foundation is incredible! This small group has accepted the challenge of bringing hope to many people in Uganda.... and has been very successful. I learned about SSFOH through some of the Ugandan seminarians studying to be Catholic priests in Chicago, IL. Fr. Dennis Kasule is a leader among his peers and he had a vision for a better life for folks in his village. He also had friends in the USA who he knew would help him to recognize his dream of a better water supply for the people in his remote village in Uganda. In addition, Fr. Dennis saw that the school children in his community were in need of a better education so that they could have a promising future. In a very short time, both of these goals are well on their way to being achieved with high marks! Fr. Dennis has a humble spirit while being fully committed to the residents of his village. Kudos to SSFOH! Thank you to Fr. Dennis for opening our eyes to those who just need an opportunity to succeed.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones Foundation is a wonderful organization! I came to know of it through a dear friend and founder, Pat Marchese. She was originally inspired by the purity of vision and heart of Father Denis Kasule and his passion to help the children of his homeland in Uganda. I attended the First Annual Luncheon in March of 2012 and was compelled to become involved when I heard Father Denis speak and saw films of these children that the Foundation works to aid. The Foundation was formed in a spirit of humility, integrity and faith that continues to propel its cause forward and provide water and education to increasing numbers of children whose lives will be forever changed by these efforts.

Stepping S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a miracle! Yes, a miracle, that is what the Stepping Stones Foundation of Hope (SSFOH) is not only for me and my fellow board members and volunteers who are blessed to work for it but even more so for those it has benefitted through its many activities in Uganda. From facilitating education for needy girl-children and orphans, conducting public health workshops, water provision and extension deep into the villages of Bunnamweri, to build a beautiful grotto for Our Lady, a Divine Mercy Way of the Cross - reminder of God's love, to distributing prayer materials, there has been nothing but joy and gratitude for us. A lot of suffering has been put to an end, hope has been revived and love lived. Nevertheless, one may still be wondering why we do all this. None of what we do is that easy. There is no simple task. To give you a personal answer, there is a saying in Swahili, which goes, “Mtu ni wattu”-“A person is people.” I am convinced that the suffering of others is my suffering, the wellbeing of others is my wellbeing and the joy of others is my joy. The happier other people become, the happier I shall be.

The reasoning here is related with what Jesus says in Matthew 25, when you feed them little ones, you feed me. When you give them a drink, you give to me. The point is the when all is said and done, we are all linked, connected, our destinies are interwoven in Him. Hence, SSFOH’s motto, “Many walks … one destiny.”
Thank you SSFOH and its stakeholders. Mwebale nnyo! Thank you God.

Denise36

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be a part of this non-profit since its inception. My fellow board members inspire me with their dedication and generosity. The mission and goals of this organization touched my heart from the beginning along with Father Dennis' commitment to the people of his village, Bunnamweri. We are blessed as an organization to have dedicated individuals in Uganda who have made our goals a reality in short time. The children of Bunnamweri Village motivate me to give this organization my best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughters and I are volunteers for SSFOH. We love the gentle spirited, cooperative team of people behind the fundraising activities for Father Dennis and the Foundation. If you ever wanted to see and experience how volunteering affects people half way around the world, this is the place for you! The fundraising for education is up close and personal. You see who you are helping and hear directly from their hearts what a difference has been made in their lives by your involvement. Such basic elements as water and education, that are so taken for granted here, are the life blood of the community being served. It is a great place to serve and be blessed for your efforts!