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Stepping Stones Foundation of Hope

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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

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

Water is the most basic and fundamental thing a human body needs to survive. It should be available and accessible to all. With limited resources and in a short period of time ( 1 year and a half ) , this foundation was able to build 4 water wells in 4 different sites. Knowing that this organization prioritizes building water well in the poor, remote villages in Uganda gives me an assurance that 100 % of my donation goes entirely to a project that I wholeheartedly believes in.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have know Fr. Dennis since July, 2009. He made such an impression on me that I traveled to Uganda to see him and was fortunate enough to meet the people of his village and to meet the Stepping Stones. Fr. Dennis established the foundation to help the peoples of his village, especially the children with clean water, a good education for those less fortunate, faith filled environment and medical assistance. Some of his dreams have been accomplished but there are many more. We still have three wells to dig, children that need to be sponsord for school and building a health clinic. All of the money received for the foundaiton goes to Uganda for the work being done there. Fr. Dennis is a hard priest with a great deal of love in his heart. All who meet him love him and want to be a part of this cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Fr. Dennis Kasule for several years and have seen how hard he works not only as a priest but for the people of his village in Uganda. The money he raises has brought fresh water to many who previously had to walk a great distance to procure even a small amount. He is also working to help pay education costs for women and has plans for bringing medical care to this remote area where there currently is none. I have seen pictures of his results so far and they are heartwarming. Fr. Dennis goes out of his way to thank donors and to keep everyone apprised of the status of his projects. This is a true example of how one person can make a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently provided music for a Stepping Stones Foundation of Hope fundraiser and found the staff to be very enthusiastic in their work and sincere in their desire to encourage others to join their cause. They announced to everyone at the end of the event how much they raised and specifically where the money was going. I found SSOFH to be a great example of how a foundation should conduct the business of helping others.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My first experience with SSFOH was in June of 2011. I donated money for water. I got more involved with the foundation and now I am a board member. I have not found any other foundations/charities that your donation will go 100% to a specific cause (IE: Water Well). Administrative and fundraising fees (IE: Website, Business cards, brochures etc.) are paid/donated by the board members and other investors. If you donate $1000.00 for water, 100% ($1000.00) will go directly to build a Water Well. Dany / Board Member

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