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Brecken Ruland

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Review for Fount of Mercy, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Traveling to Uganda and meeting several of the women whose lives have been changed and enhanced due to the work of Fount of Mercy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see Fount of Mercy be able to have more PR and updates on the work that is being done. I believe with more funding this would expand their ability to do this.

Role:  Donor & Hosted a Friendraiser to raise support and awareness of Fount of Mercy. Traveled to Uganda to witness the work of Fount firsthand.