January 2016: Updates and a New U.S. Partner

Dear Mentors, Sponsors and Supporters,

We hope this finds you well and that 2016 will be a wonderful year for you and your families.

The University mentees report to their respective universities for their second semester on January 29, 2016. The secondary and vocational students and the girls at the teacher training college report back to school on February 1st, 2016. Tuition fees remain unchanged. We request that mentors and sponsors wire the funds by February 15th at the latest. We appreciate your past donations and sincerely hope that you can continue to mentor your chosen student(s).  The education you are financing is literally buying them a future where they can lead more productive and fulfilling lives, and it will put them in positions where they can work to bring about change within their villages and country.

Some of you already know that we are slowly transitioning our vision from ferrying girls from their remote villages to better schools in the major cities in Uganda to building a standard complex school (Nursery, Primary, Secondary and Vocational schools) within Amor village in order to provide quality education to even more young people. We have already begun with the construction of the Portland Nursery and Primary school.  This 6 classroom building has already been completed and is currently the first and only school in Amor village.  Construction on seven more rooms will be started soon (to be funded by a Foundation/NGO in Holland – details coming soon).

We are currently looking for sponsors for the children from ages 3 to 14 who will begin school at Portland school starting February 1, 2016. It costs $20 a month to sponsor a child at nursery and primary school levels.  For more information, please click here.

We want to share with you that we are changing our tax refund benefit and funds transfer partnership from Global Development Group (GDG) to A More Balanced World (AMBW) for all US donors. There are a number of benefits to this change, and we look forward to working with them. This new partnership came about as a result of discussions with Kara Lozier of Vermont, who visited with us in December 2015.  She was able to put us in touch with Mandy Fazeli, who runs AMBW (http://amorebalancedworld. org/).  This NGO assists promising, yet economically disadvantaged students in many countries around the world by providing them with the means to pursue education and develop the skills needed to meet their individual goals. AMBW also notified us that they will sponsor one of our students this coming academic year.

As with GDG, US donors will be able to send donations directly to AMBW which will then forward the funds to the PCE Foundation.  AMBW, which is a 501c(3) organization, will issue each donor the tax refund receipt at no cost, just as Rita Reutner of Germany does for us in Europe. To send funds through AMBW, all you need to do is to click on the  “donate” button of the Home Page on the top right corner of their website:  http://amorebalancedworld.org/ .  You can either donate using Paypal or with your credit card.  We do request that you send PCE Foundation a short email stating how much has been sent, to help us ensure accurate record-keeping.  This short email can be sent to beachiengnas@gmail.com or info@pce-fondation.org. Please also CC Mandy, the founder of AMBW; her email address is mandyfazeli@yahoo.com .

More information about the PCE Foundation, the RGCM project and beneficiaries will be shared in the upcoming Annual Report. We appreciate your continued support, which is bringing about much-needed change in our communities.  The number of early marriages and childbirth has decreased, domestic violence is reduced, and the community is learning to work together to bring about educational opportunities and improvements.

Should you have questions about our programs, partnerships, or if you would like to share new ideas with us, do not hesitate to contact us.

We wish you a Happy and Blessed 2016!

Sincerely,

Beatrice Achieng Nas, Founder and Director, PCE Foundation

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