http://firstchurchpo.org – Announcement of mission trip to Uganda with NGO – HUGS (Helping Ugandans Grow Strong. http://www.hugsforchildren.org/
Who We Are
Helping Ugandans Grow Stronger (HUGS) is a publicly supported 501.C.3 charitable organization started by Larry and Vicky Gibson in 2003. We have five members on our board of directors.
Our mission is to provide a better environment for the children of Uganda, where they can be educated and enjoy their childhood years in peace. It is our hope these children will grow into self-sustaining adults that make a positive contribution to their family, village, and country.
Our goal is to improve the condition of children and their families in all areas of Uganda. Our focus is on local women’s groups, schools, and health care.
This is accomplished through annual projects where we collaborate with Ugandan-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In addition to helping with the education of children and improving living conditions, we also choose self-sustaining and income generating projects that support the women and children of a given area.
Since our first visit to Uganda in 2002, so much has happened due to HUGS involvement.
Property in the district of Rakai, of southern Uganda, has grown from vacant bushland to a safe haven for children
Building projects on this property include three school buildings, a church, director’s home, kitchen, chicken coop, numerous latrines, a guesthouse, and three group homes (boys, girls, and younger children)
Six successful trips have completed building projects including a church, fencing property, providing a playground, a bakery for a women’s group, and a roof for a community center.
Through contacts, a water pump was provided in southern Uganda
Money was raised to build a bakery for the Maziba women’s group in southwest Uganda
A roof was added to the community center/church at the Village of Hope inside a refugee settlement in western Uganda
Six water tanks along with gutters for collecting rain water were purchased and installed at Angel’s Care School in western Uganda