S.O.U.L. Expands into Iganga

We are thrilled to be nearing completion of our organization's newest physical expansion in Iganga district! Our new S.O.U.L. Center now has four walls, a roof, and windows to let the beautiful sunshine in. Take a look at the photos to see how far you've helped us come in the last few months!

The idea for this project began two years ago with the vision of the Iganga community members. Since beginning to work with this community, we have constructed a 7-stance latrine at a local primary school, established two goat cooperatives with 40 women, and accepted 36 students from the new district into our student sponsorship program.

Once the Iganga Center is complete, we will be able to expand our current programs and launch even more programs, including computer classes and tailoring. This center will provide daily educational and economic opportunities for over 150 community members. We hope to open our doors by the end of April!

We are still currently funding this project, so please head here to contribute to the S.O.U.L. Center. Thank you so much for your support and for helping us bring this idea to reality!

New Year's Eve: A Night to Inspire

For our 6th Annual New Year's Eve Event, we had over 90 attendees ringing in the New Year of 2016 at 2127 Larimer in downtown Denver. Special cocktails designed by Chad Michael George were a hit, live music performed by the Greg Harris Vibe Quintet kept people dancing all night, and delicious hors d'oeuvres cooked by Chef Matt Selby were devoured in seconds. By the end of the night, we were able to raise $7,000! Huge thank you again to Matt Selby, musicians Greg Tanner Harris and Mike Schwartz, Chad Michael George, all of our donors & sponsors, and all of the volunteers and staff who helped us make this wonderful fundraiser possible! 

NY and CO Annual Golf Outings a Huge Success

Over 60 supporters participated in S.O.U.L.'s 2nd Annual Swing for S.O.U.L. Golf Tournament in New York, and 1st Annual Denver Golf Outing. Between the golf, silent auction, lunch and dinner S.O.U.L. netted $28,500! The money raised will go a long way toward life—changing, sustainable programs in Uganda, including the construction of our Iganga Educational Center in the rural Iganga District. 

Antenatal Education Center Opens

It's been a labor of love that has gestated and grown over the years, but S.O.U.L. finally opened doors to its Antenatal Education Center! The Center will house programs within the Maternal Health Network, aiming to reduce maternal mortality rates by disseminating Safe Motherhood and Birth Preparedness education, learning about the importance of antenatal care visits and prenatal nutrition, and encouraging male involvement in maternal health for women and their male partners. We are grateful for the support of our individual and corporate donors, our Global Health Corps Fellows Andrea and Precious, The Jewish Women's Foundation of New York, and the U.S. Embassy Kampala for making it all possible!

S.O.U.L. Hosted 2nd Annual Student's Camp in Bujagali

Over 400 students from primary to medical school and post graduate attended the event, headlined as "Mentorship, Life Skills, and Career Guidance as Tools of Success." The students heard from several motivation guest speakers, they elected a new students' committee, participated in a business planning competition and a music, dance, and drama festival! Precious and Andrea, S.O.U.L.'s Global Health Corps Fellows as well as Dr. Dan, a Medical university-sponsored student, held breakout sessions on health to the girls and boys, respectively. The Camp's Guest of Honor was Kisambira Eria, the Jinja District Education Officer and the Inspector of Secondary Schools, who was grateful to S.O.U.L. Foundation for the amazing work done in this community. He further appealed to students: "You are so blessed to have such pople supporting you in school, use this chance to read hard and make a big difference, I see a lot of potential here."  S.O.U.L. students and staff rewarded the Guest of Honor with a standing ovation.After a close business competition settled in a tie, and a music festival to wrap up the event, the students left the camp feeling encouraged to continue following their dreams. 

S.O.U.L. Shares Groundbreaking Maternal Health Assessment and Launches Maternal Health Network

S.O.U.L. held a large Community Dissemination Meeting with Ugandan health officials, workers, and Village Health Teams (VHTs) to discuss the findings of our groundbreaking Maternal Health Assessment withour Global Health Corps Fellows. As part of such, we kicked off the next phase of our Delivering with Dignity program focused on establishing a Maternal Health Network to educate 400+ rural Ugandan mothers and their partners! Read more »

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S.O.U.L. Hosts Biannual Community Meeting with Minister of Gender and Cultural Affairs as Guest

S.O.U.L. held its biannual community meeting on Friday, May 15 at its headquarters in Bujagali Falls, Uganda. With over 800 community members present, we spent time to celebrate what community members and S.O.U.L. have achieved and plan for what's ahead. We were honored to have the Minister of Gender and Cultural Affairs Rukia Nakadama as our guest.