Fount of Mercy has been a part of my life for many years. I met the women who started it at our church and have been excited watching their dreams come to reality ever since. They continue to grow and spread their reach for inspiring and enabling widows in amazing ways. They do the work that I wish I have always done myself. They take the idea and do it. When so many of us aren't able to or don't believe we can. This organization literally works wonders! I am happy to be able to support financially when I can and spread the word far and wide. Fount of Mercy is truly a fount of empowerment and help for all that come to its waters!
Fount of Mercy is a unique and powerful organization. I love that they are structured to support and empower grassroots organizations-- that's a really sensitive approach to community development. I love that Fount is forward-thinking and always looking for new ways to serve the community. For example, they've just launched their hand-batiked scarf projects and are now able to employ artisans full-time. Love these guys!
Have been privileged to be a part of Fount of Mercy from its inception. Not only do I support and believe in their efforts in Uganda, I know one of the founders, her convictions and her passion. I will continue to support this organization.
Fount of Mercy is a amazing organization. I have been keeping up with their progress since my daughter was a volunteer with them three summers ago. I am very impressed by the work they do in Uganda and the skills they teach their clients. I know of very few organizations that actually teach occupational AND business skills. My daughter volunteered for "Sewing Hope" a skill group under Fount of Mercy. She was able to teach tailoring to her students. Tailoring is a very specific skill that increases their level of expertise to be able to make clothing more attractive and fit better. Each volunteer comes with their own set of skills. they are all unique, yet work to help the students of Fount of Mercy reach their full potential.
Even though I had supported Fount of Mercy for years, it wasn't until I traveled to Uganda and experienced first hand, that I realized the powerful effect their work has on the women and children if Africa. Immediately, it was clear that Uganda women have a strong inner strength, but this organization gives them tools they need to provide for their families. Working with indigenous African organizations, Fount of Mercy has enabled these women to achieve success within their families and their communities, a true meaning of empowerment!
It is easy to sit here in my heated home, on my couch and think about all the 'good' works happening around the world. However, experiencing Ugandan culture and seeing the struggles people face there is a life changing experience. I had the privilege of seeing the amazing work that Fount of Mercy is doing in Uganda firsthand. Being a working mother myself, I really liked the fact that Fount of Mercy was started by a few very successful young women in NYC who saw an opportunity to use their skills to empower women and widows in Uganda.
Prior to my travels, I hosted a "friendraiser" in my home to raise awareness of the work this non-profit is doing. I was able to share numbers, statistics, and success stories during this friendraiser, but it wasn't until I was in Uganda looking these women in the eyes until it hit me how many lives Fount of Mercy has touched. One women in particular, has been supported by Fount to teach sewing skills to women in order to empower and equip them to earn a living. I will always remember her smile when we took a picture of her proudly standing in the front of her shop, all done up and right on the main street. You could tell she was so proud of her accomplishment, yet so humble at the same time. I believe one of the reasons Fount of Mercy has been successful is because of their dedication to support indigenous African organizations’ capacity to provide educational, vocational and public health opportunities for the orphans, vulnerable children and caregivers in their communities. I feel very honored to have been a part of Fount of Mercy's work in Uganda.
I have been aware of Fount of Mercy and their work for the past five to six years, specifically with Sewing Hope. I find this program a fantastic out-reach program to empower women in the Jinga Uganda area to be self reliant. The training that is offered to these women is a wonderful opporunity for them to learn a trade which will not only benefit them, but it beneifts their family directly. It enables these women to provide basic necessities to their families and people that rely on them.
I visited Jinga for two weeks in Dec/Jan 2011 and have seen for myself the results of the training these women have received. I had the priviledge to visit with some of the women who are making clothes for people in and around some of the villages including their families. I was there to attend my daughters wedding and several of the ladies attending the wedding from the US were wearing dresses made by women who were trained by Sewing Hope. I was priviledged enough to be able to visit their shops and see directly the materials and pictures they have on their walls that show the clothes a customer can choose from. It's amazing the clothes they can make using manual sewing machines. I was very impressed with their work and dedication to their work.
The staff of Sewing Hope has provided an exeptional opportunity for these women who have little means of supporting themselves to learn a trade. Sewing Hope's volunteers, most from the Garment District in NYC, have experience in making different type of clothes and accessories and have shared their experitise with these African women, from dresses and purses to accessories. A rare opportunity for these women to have such high quality training and expertise.
I am very excited to have had the opportunity to see for myself the benefits of having Fount of Mercy sponsor Sewing Hope and the training they provide.
I am one of those people who feel that I should be doing something to help others less fortunate than I am, but I never seem to get around to doing anything about it. Through donating to Fount of Mercy, I have helped finance two trips to Uganda where volunteers go to help underpriviliged women and children. This organization does amazing work. They are starting a program called Focus on Change to teach deaf children to express themselves through photography. Most of these kids have never even seen themselves in a mirror no less through photographs. It takes special people to give of themselves like this and this is a very special organization.