The Social Action Club at Muirlands Middle School recently raised more than $4,500 for the Uganda Education Project to aid 20 primary, secondary, and university-level student orphans in the war-torn region. The SAC’s two-week fundraising campaign kicked off in mid-April.
The club’s 12 members, under the direction of teacher/advisor Susan Minnicks, presented its goals at assemblies and classrooms, urging fellow students to help them raise the needed $400 per orphan student to cover the cost of one school year in Uganda.
The money raised would be used for tuition fees, school uniforms, pencils, composition books, food, boarding and transportation.
The response was bountiful.
Acknowledging the club’s donation, Deb Plotkin, executive director of U-Touch, which oversees the Uganda Education Project, said, “I am extraordinarily touched by this incredible precocious, motivated, kind-hearted group of SAC student members guided by Mrs. Minnicks. Their commitment will fulfill the dreams of the children of Northern Uganda.
“U-Touch will ensure that the sponsored students receive a year of education and have access to the U-Touch Digital Library Centers for academic advancement and communication with Muirlands students, teachers and parents.”
At a lunch on May 20, Plotkin presented the 50 students who made donations of $35 or more with hand-made wristbands and necklaces created by a women’s entrepreneurship in Uganda as tokens of appreciation for their extraordinary efforts.
She also read an e-mail from Ugandan student Topaco Stephen, so the Muirlands SAC members could know the fruits of their labors.
“Hi Everyone, How are you and how are you doing? Hopefully, you're all good. I'm doing great and everything is still OK. I got done with my end-of-semester exams last Sunday and right now I'm into holidays.
I'm sending this to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU AND THANK YOU, for all your efforts and the great job you are doing for our benefits. … At first I thought I wouldn't even reach the level where I'm right now (university), considering all the difficulties I've been through, but for all your help, I've been able to move farther with my studies. I've got two more years left to graduate with my bachelor degree. My whole life has changed. I wish you all the best and good luck always! Talk again soon. Stay blessed. Love you all! Sincerely, Topaco Stephen.”
Want to learn more?
• Visit U-TOUCH.org
• Phone Deb Plotkin at (858) 945-3220