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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development

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 playground A 10-unit teachers housing A building housing 24 sewing machines And Supplied: 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 School supplies 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 New latrines A chicken coop with 400 chickens to give the kids one egg per day. We've Also: 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

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Working with Sylvia Allen in helping her garner funds and items to help the children of the Mbiriizi Primary School has been a great pleasure. Anyone who has witnessed Sylvia's determination to bring awareness of the plight these children face daily has seen the true dedication she has to making the student live in better conditions, learn a trade and work toward sustaining themselves for a brighter future. Sylvia's Children is all about teaching others to help themselves. I'm reminded of the old saying, "If you give a man a fish, he has dinner for a night. However, if you teach a man to fish, he will eat all the days of his life." Sylvia's Children is teaching people to "fish."

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sylvia's heart is as big as this world. When children at the Mbirizzi Elementary School and Orphanage in Uganda asked Sylvia to be their grandmother, she embraced that role with whole-hearted love and determination. She has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and recruited dozens of dedicated volunteers, and gotten the children clean water, healthy food, and resources to teach and heal. She has built dozens of buildings to house children and staff, and a state-of-the-art medical clinic. As a church pastor, I see her as a stellar example of what one person with a vision can do to transform this world into oases of compassion.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.