Girl Empowerment Coalition Uganda
GECU is a community based organization whose mission is to empower young mothers that are driven to work hard by providing them with the skills necessary to develop a good life for themselves and their children.
This organization was founded in 2016 by Amri Zainab. As a social worker who helped many women that were victims of domestic violence, she realized that poverty was the root cause of the issues.
To help her community out of poverty, they work hard to develop programs focused on education, health and women’s rights. Activities involve classes on tailoring, farming, weaving, baking and more. They also provide mentorship programs and psycho-social support to the sick, homeless and elderly.
Last year when we were running our Prints 4 Pads project in partnership with our sister company Adventure Artists International, we were contacted by Zainab with a request for assistance. We were very impressed with the efforts that this organization is making on the lives of many young women. So we sent them a case of reusable sanitary pads from AfriPads.
Here are a few words of gratitude that we received from them…
After this project ended, our connection with this wonderful organization continued to grow. Our founder Susan Schmitz and Zainab spent some time getting to know each other and discussing how we could best support them on an ongoing basis.
During the time of COVID, life has been much more difficult than usual. Unemployment has skyrocketed due to the halt of tourism and the closure of businesses. Children have not been able to attend school, where they were provided meals that they depended on. Families are struggling to put food on the table.
We sent them a modest $200.00 and asked Zainab to report back on how the funds were used.
Watch the video below to see just how far the money went…
We were so impressed with the large impact that they were able to accomplish with this small donation that we wanted to keep to momentum going.
Have you ever hear of Cameo?
It’s a site where people pay wealthy celebrities to record brief videos for them or for a loved one for a fee. A 60 second video from Don Johnson will run you about $500! The quick math adds up to $60,000 per hour if he were recording videos on a fulltime basis. On a 40 hour workweek, that’s $62,400,000.00/year. Not too shabby.
So we thought… Why not use this concept to send money to people that actually need it?
Wouldn’t it mean so much more to give someone the gift of a donation in their honor to real people… dealing with real issues… that really need the money for basic survival needs?
So we decided to test this concept out.
We sent in a four modest donations to Girl Empowerment Coalition for the birthdays of four very special people. What we received in return was priceless…
These four gifts provided a supply of planting seed to many families in a small village in a rural underdeveloped area of Africa.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”
~ Mahatma Gandhi