In 2018, one of the young people we mentor at Faces Up Uganda did not attend school for nearly a year because his parents were going through a difficult time and were not in a position to cater for his school fees. Fortunately, they provided everything else that he needed. During this time, he spent most of his time during the day at our community centre drawing and playing. However, his colleagues were in school busy learning. At first, everything seemed okay to him and was able to receive more mentorship. However, his availability started becoming concerning, and we began asking ourselves whether we were doing enough for him?

Shortly, we started identifying some of the creative drawings he made during the time he spent at our centre and asked ourselves, how can these works bring monetary value to him to help him return to school? We thought of an idea to turn these drawings into postcards and then market them on his behalf so that people could purchase, and the money could generate school fees to help pay his tuition. We were excited to embark on this new challenge and rushed into production. With time, we realized that the quality of the paper and prints lacked. Then we saw that the postcards would not generate enough revenue in the shortest time possible since we had to sell 3750 cards to raise the money he needed for the entire year. So, we began to explore tote bags and saw we needed to sell only nine of them to raise enough funds to cater for three of his school terms.

From that time till now, we have never looked back, and we scaled our support from 1 young person to now over 50 of them and the number grows every day with more sales.

At first, our focus was supporting those in primary schools but since 2019, we extended to the secondary level because we are aware of the lifetime opportunity they are likely to miss out on if they don't attain an education.

We are excited to support more in the future. We believe that when people like you continue to make purposeful purchases, together, we are going to enable so more children to follow their education dreams as well enable them to hone their artistic skills.

Will you make a purposeful purchase today to help continue sharing our story?


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