Mission: In 2003, Sylvia Allen went on a humanitarian trip to Uganda, Africa. While she was there, she was asked by Geofrey Kawuma, head of the Mbirizi Primary School, to be the school’s Grandmother. With 1,000 children in the school, of which a third are orphans due to the AIDS crisis, she was honored to accept the responsibility. Out of this Sylvia’s Children was born a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of her ‘grandchildren'; to give the children a fighting chance. The organization helps to better the lives of the 1,005 children in the village, and in the process is setting up a self-sustainable economic system that will allow the school and the community to thrive.
Results: We've Built:
A boys dormitory
An addition to the girls dormitory
A clean well for fresh water
Three new double classroom blocks
A new library
A building for corn milling
A 10-unit teachers housing
A building housing 24 sewing machines
Money for a 6,000-square-foot medical clinic (currently being built)
Three new stoves
Three new cooking pots to extend the ability to feed the children
Desks for the new classrooms
Medical supplies for the nurse
Multiple Christmas parties with gifts
American and Ugandan flags
New t-shirts and dresses for the children
1,000+ pairs of shoes and socks
Books for the library
Computer and Internet service
Solar lights for nighttime safety
1,000 blankets - one for each child
New beds for the boys dormitory
A chicken coop with 400 chickens to give the kids one egg per day.
Hired a school nurse
Purchased eight acres of land adjacent to the school for corn
Increased student population from 439 to over 1,000
Increased support for orphans in primary and a secondary school
Sylvia's Children is an ideal non-profit. Having traveled with Sylvia to Uganda and seeing with my own eyes the school and medical clinic and the children who benefit from them, I feel very confident donating to this non-profit. Sylvia is one of the few people I've met who actually "puts their money where their mouth is"- every bit of it goes to the children and their needs. Because of her wise use of funds, the orphans at the school are housed, fed, clothed and educated and have their medical needs met. Besides being a benefit to the orphans, the improvements to the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary School benefit all the other students as well. The medical clinic, besides caring for the schoolchildren, also serves the local village. The difference made in the lives of these people is incalculable.
I joined one of the visits to the school in Uganda and experienced first hand the good work Sylvia and her Board Members do for this school/ orphanage AND the local community. The impact is HUGE. I very much like the focus of the charity to invest in the schools sustainability and long term impact as well as making a huge difference on the lives of the individual children.