It’s been some time since we last posted an update on what’s happening over at Mondetta Charity Foundation, the philanthropic arm of our organization that currently provides support and financial assistance to Kamwokya Primary School in Kampala, Uganda and the New Life Home Trust Orphanage in Lamu, Kenya. As you’ll soon discover below, Twenty Fourteen is full of promise as the MCF undertakes some of its most ambitious initiatives to date.
Kamwokya Primary School – Kampala, Uganda
In collaboration with the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), ground has broken on the ambitious, and much-needed, campus expansion construction project that will ultimately witness 9 additional classrooms being added to the school to accommodate an exponentially growing student body that currently stands at 1750. The original capacity of the school is a mere 1000 students, which has resulted in close to 100 students crowded in one classroom presently. Considerations are being made to allow for vocational training in two of the additional rooms to provide instruction in stitching/tailoring and computer skills.
Rotary Water Harvesting and Purification Project
The Rotary Clubs of Whitby Ontario, Winnipeg West and Mueyenge, Kampala will work in concert with MCF to begin installation of a water harvesting and purification system on the school grounds.
At present, the project has stalled due to land disputes that are in the midst of being resolved which will pave the way for the project to begin.
To ensure the facilities remain protected, a peripheral fence will be built around the school to safeguard the investments being made thereat. A revised estimate of the fencing project, recently received has come in 25% more than the original devised two years ago due to inflation.
Spare Change Project
Following a resoundingly successful Halloween campaign with the Seven Oaks School Division here in Winnipeg, $13000 was raised which will be split with local youth outreach program, Wayfinders and MCF. The program consisted of spare change boxes being placed at 22 schools in the division with chairman, Kish, conducting presentations to the student bodies at each to illustrate the difficult conditions impoverished children are forced to endure to attend school.
MCF and the Seven Oaks School Division will continue to collaborate with several other projects currently under consideration.
Continuing the tremendously successful teacher exchange program that last saw the headmistress and two teachers from Kamwokya visit Winnipeg in 2012, the Seven Oaks School Division Superintendent
and three teachers will travel to Kampala in July to spend two weeks learning about the Ugandan education system.
Plans to expand the program further are in the works that would allow for students from each locale to travel to the other thereby fostering and cultivating relationships the MCF believes will last a lifetime.
Because the teachers in Uganda earn, on average, a pittance compared to what their equally qualified counterparts in Canada might, faculty at Kamwokya have formed a Teachers Association fund to which each member contributes. The funds collected can be drawn upon at a reasonable interest rate to allow the drawee an opportunity to find a place to live or make ends meet. As such, MCF has pledged to match an equal amount raised by the fund for the teachers’ benefit.
Mondetta Charity Classic Golf Tournament
Following our most successful Mondetta Charity Classic Golf Tournament that took place last summer, Lynsey Vokey, golf committee chair, was thrilled to present Kish Modha, MCF Chairman, a cheque for $45000.
One percent of all sales of MPG merchandise is contributed to Mondetta Charity Foundation.
Since the MCF was founded in 2004, 1% of all gross MPG Mondetta Performance Gear sales have been pledged to the foundation in support of its ongoing efforts in East Africa.
Pictured here are MPG National Sales Manager, Melissa McGlynn, and Mondetta/MPG VP of Sales, Raj Bahl, presenting MCF Chairman and President, Kish Modha, with the 2013 MPG contribution.
The organization as a whole looks forward to continuing the MCF’s work and tackling new initiatives slated for the coming year.
Karma Yoga at Moksha
Moksha Yoga, Waverley Street hosted a fund raising morning at their location for MCF. The event raised $1200.00 for which we are grateful to Ms Shauna Jessiman.