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Orphaned children in Uganda
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Ended Oct 24, 2013
Working to develop self-sustaining businesses for single mothers in Uganda. This stabilizes the family unit, thereby reducing the number of babies placed in orphanages or children on the street. More ...
Rise On Wings was founded in 2012 by 2 single mothers, one originally from Uganda. After spending time recently working with orphaned street children in the slums we knew that something needed to be done. Many of them still had a surviving mother, however due to extreme poverty they had been placed in an orphanage for survival, or even by preschool ages had left home to live on the streets in hopes of someone having compassion and feeding them. We felt that if we could empower the mothers and assist in stabilizing their homes the children would be able to remain with these mothers that desperately cared for them, or even be able to be resettled with them after a separation had taken place. With our backgrounds in business ownership, executive director of an organization and Social Work, we knew we could not go back home to our comfort and forget all the little faces that were so hungry for love and for food.

So, upon return to Canada, Rise On Wings was formed and we are now operating with the support of boards of directors in both Uganda and Canada. Rise on Wings purpose is to empower and bring hope to single mothers in Uganda through the development of self-sustaining businesses. The income and new skills acquired through these projects will develop passion and excitement, moving the women and their families towards financial independence.

Our plan for doing this is to raise funds for start-up costs for a few large "model" projects where the women will come to gain all the training and skills for business marketing and management, all while earning income to support their children. After a year they are encouraged to develop their own business with the assistance of a small business loan and support of a business mentor.

For our model projects we have plans for a clothing store, a restaurant, a retreat center, a model farm for learning agriculture, and numerous other future plans. Rise On Wings purchased land in late 2012 in Uganda. As this campaign begins, we are having a legal land survey completed so that work and building can begin on it.
Our first project of a clothing store is set to open in early 2014 and our fundraising campaign will enable to first shipments of clothing, purses & shoes as well as pay for the first 6 months rent for space.

Thank-you for supporting these projects that work to support families staying together and minimizing orphans in Uganda.
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