Unite's 2017 Holiday Wish List

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.
— Lao Tzu

For friends and loved ones who have it all, why not give in their honor to those who have nothing at all?

Click HERE to make a tax-deductible donation. Just cite an item (or two) from our wishlist below,
 email anne@uniteafricafoundation.org the details of your gift and recipient, and she will mail him/her a letter to be opened over the holidays.
Selflessly serving those who will likely never be able to do anything for you return fosters a deep and unparalleled
sense of joy, contentment and fulfillment. Each and every one of us is wildly powerful, and what we do -- and don't do -- 
will contribute to either the healing -- or the destruction -- of our precious planet.

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Meet Maria, the newest child to join our growing St. Joseph's Family

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Maria, now nearly two years old, is the newest child to join our family at the St Joseph’s Orphanage (SJO) in Tanzania. Maria is extremely malnourished and suffers from flat feet and fluorosis of the legs. (In certain areas of Tanzania, there is too much fluoride naturally occurring In the water, which can make the bones of young children soft and cause them to bend in unnatural ways.)

This week Sister Crispina Mnate, founder and director of SJO, took Maria to see our friends at The Plaster House in Arusha for an assessment. Next steps: Sister will now take Maria to be fitted for leg braces that she will wear for at least a year to correct her flat foot and move her legs into proper position. She will also start an aggressive nutrition-rich re-feeding program with weekly weight checks. While baby Maria has clearly suffered a painful start to her young life, we are thankful that she is now at SJO where she will receive great love and excellent care. 

 

Award-winning artist gifts work to Unite

A sustainable world means working together to create prosperity for all.
— Jacqueline Novogratz
Bull Elephant,, Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania, 2009 Mixed media, photography, encaustic, 16x20 on wood panel

Bull Elephant,, Ngorogoro Crater, Tanzania, 2009
Mixed media, photography, encaustic, 16x20 on wood panel

Award-winning American contemporary painter, photographer and mixed media artist Andrea Bonfils has created a unique “Encaustic” work of art by taking an original photograph taken by Unite Founder & Director Anne Wells and adding to it melted beeswax, resin and other natural materials. Andrea has very generously donated this piece to Unite for our fundraising efforts. Andrea’s work is represented by galleries in New Mexico, Connecticut, South Carolina and in the Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles, is in corporate and private collections worldwide and can be seen at www.andreaartstudio.com.  

The cost for the elephant encaustic above is $1,500.
100% will be donated to Unite The World With Africa Foundation
by artist Andrea Bonfils. 

My work is inspired by the beauty of our world, and with this elephant photograph I haveI literally encased it in the natural material of beeswax (also known as encaustic painting). Whether one is working to protect land or a human or animal life, we must stand UNITED in this fight to save our planet Earth.
— Andrea Bonfils, artist
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See more of Andrea's work, which includes photography, encaustics, paintings and multimedia designs, at www.andreaartstudio.com. For any purchase made before January 1, 2018, that comes through Unite, Andrea will donate 30% of sales to our Foundation.

Meet Unite's SOUL WARRIOR, David Wells

Unite The World With Africa Foundation's founding board member David Wells summited Mt. Kilimanjaro with his HIKE FOR HEAVEN team this June to support Unite's work with The Heaven Pre & Primary School. To prepare for this herculean adventure, David spent six months riding a few times each week at the infamously rigorous SOUL CYCLE. Here below, SOUL features David and his inspiring story.

David Wells, left, with Nicky B, his Soul-Cycle instructor in Westport, CT.

David Wells, left, with Nicky B, his Soul-Cycle instructor in Westport, CT.

"In the fall of 2016, I made the decision to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with four friends to support the Heaven School and St. Joseph’s orphanage. I had no prior experience with a climb of this type, so I needed to get in shape… fast.

We had moved to Westport, Connecticut in late 2015 — less than half a mile from the SoulCycle studio. My wife and daughter had taken some classes and they encouraged me to join them. My sister Linda has also been going to SOUL in New York City for years and loves it. Thankfully, the women in my family are the trailblazers.

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I went into my first class feeling nervous, excited, and clueless. I had not really exercised for more than 25 years but was reasonably fit... or so I thought. SOUL took it to a whole new level. I felt the effects immediately. I felt (and continue to look) like I'd been through a monsoon after each class – and I keep coming back! I was hooked. The fun, energy, and challenge brought me back. The instructors and staff at WSPT are also fantastic – each and every one of them.

I felt an immediate and sustained impact on my energy level, strength, and lung capacity. I knew I was on the right path for my climb, as well as my health and sanity. I work long hours and travel quite a bit so the efficiency of SoulCycle — spending 45 minutes to an hour on full throttle — is perfect for me. My mind is clearer, my body is stronger, my energy is way level up. I have lost a few pounds and my stress level is down. One of the instructors at Wesport, JULIANNE, shouts out in class that we are “creating energy, not consuming it." I love that mantra.

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With SOUL, any concerns I had on my strength to do the hike washed quickly away. My legs, arms, core and lungs were ready — and delivered for me all the way to the summit of Kilimanjaro and the roof of Africa. We successfully completed the climb and reached our goals in the process.

Through our Unite the World with Africa Foundation and a community of committed U.S. donors and volunteers, we're supporting 48 orphans — ages 9 months to 24 years old. Six are now in university, including one who's enrolled in medical school. The purpose of our Kilimanjaro climb (or Hike for Heaven) was to build and expand the Heaven School, a 200+ student primary school in Tanzania that provides outstanding education for these orphans and the surrounding community. We are still raising funds to complete the school expansion. The opportunity to do this work with my wife Anne, and have a seat at the table to engage with extraordinary Tanzanians to make this happen, excites me each and every day when I think about where these amazing children can take their lives.

Back home, SOUL has brought our family closer. A few times, all five of us (me, my wife and three daughters) took a class together, riding side-by-side in the back row. It has shown each of us a different side to the other — a healthy side committed to exercise and fun." ~David Wells

ANNOUNCING OUR NEW "GREER SCHOLARS"

The Greer Foundation recently announced their continued commitment to Unite by providing university/college scholarships for seven children from the St. Joseph's Orphanage, each of whom is now referred to as a “Greer Scholar.” These lucky Greer Scholars are studying Engineering, Tax & Customs, Education & Teaching, Wildlife Tourism Management, and Medicine & Surgery. 

Why is this so important? 

Tanzania is one of our world’s poorest countries (ranked 156 out of 174 in the UN’s Human Development Index) with 68% of the population living below the international poverty line earning $1.25 or less a day. Nearly half of Tanzania’s 51,000,000 population is age 14 or younger; more than half of all girls have given birth by age 19; and 70% of women are married by age 20.

The country’s formal education system comprises of two years of pre-primary, seven years of primary (Standards 1-7), four years of junior secondary (Forms 1-4), two years of senior secondary (“A-levels,” Forms 5 & 6), and three or more years of tertiary (university/college). However, attaining access to any amount of schooling continues to be a great challenge for the vast majority of Tanzanians. In fact, the average school life expectancy (primary to tertiary) remains just eight years.

Those who are lucky enough to enroll in and complete primary and secondary school and then go on to attend university know that theirs is an extraordinary, precious and rare privilege. The slogan “Education is liberation” can be seen painted on buildings, printed on T-shirts and heard chanted over and over again in classrooms and as one walks through towns and villages.

~Net enrollment in senior secondary school in Tanzania is just 1.9%
and less than ½ of 1% (.27%) go on to university/college.

The good news for the orphans of St. Joseph’s is that they have already overcome many of the core barriers to education that face most impoverished families across East Africa. Thanks to the remarkable dedication of Unite's partner St. Joseph’s founder & director Sister Crispina Mnate, these orphans have avoided the widespread challenges of gender bias, physical threats of violence and abuse, child labor, lack of access to quality schools, pregnancy (for the girls), lack of adequate nutrition and healthcare, and/or a safe home to which to live/return. While each of these children experienced some kind of early childhood trauma and/or loss, their lives at St. Joseph’s have been built upon a powerful foundation of faith, love and hope. 

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The global rates of return for graduates of tertiary education are the highest in the entire educational system—with an average of an 17% increase in earnings; and returns on investments in higher education in Africa are the highest in the world at 21%.
— World Bank Group

We are so thankful for this powerful partnership with The Greer Foundation. Over the years they have helped us complete the build out of the Heaven Pre & Primary School to provide a top-quality English-speaking education to the youngest orphans from St. Joseph's as well as more than 200 at-risk children from surrounding villages; install comprehensive rain-water harvesting systems to secure water; bring power to the St. Joseph's and Heaven campus; and send many of our oldest orphans to university. Today, their commitment continues to grow. Asante sana!

Hand in hand, Unite and The Greer Foundation will continue to
serve, educate and uplift the lives of these precious and worthy young men and women.
May they each become the great leaders of tomorrow that Tanzania,
East Africa and the world beyond so desperately needs.


Mama musings for Love Warriors Everywhere

With baby Lila, St Louis 2001.

With baby Lila, St Louis 2001.

On December 23, 2000, at 6:00 pm I gave birth to my first daughter, Lila Talbott Wells. Until that moment, truthfully, I wasn't very interested in children. Mine or anyone else's. They were cute but distracting, often even a bit annoying. 

Then she came and, as it happens with every new mother, my heart burst open with a force of love I had never known possible. 16 months later I was pregnant again, thrilled to be delivering a sibling for precious Lila, and questioning how on Earth I could love another one as much as I did her. February 23, 2003, Harriett Merriman Wells was pulled from my cut belly and whisked to the NICU. A ferocious love literally pulled my broken body out of bed and down the long hall so I could sit with my baby - against doctors' orders. What I knew then was that my love pie did not split to accommodate another child, it grew & expanded. Deep within my core, from a source unknown, flowed more and more reckless LOVE.

Over the years I have continued to fall in love with children... not just my own (our third Katharine Elizabeth Wells came on March 4, 2005), but ALL of the children of the world. And I have learned that my heart is big enough.

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My husband David will climb Africa's tallest peak Mt Kilimanjaro in a month to support Unite's work with Sister Crispina Mnate and her St. Joseph's Orphanage and Heaven School. In preparation, he (out of necessity) and I (for moral support) have been going to spinning classes at Soul Cycle, the most challenging and intense form of exercise I have ever done in my entire life (sad, but true). One day, during one class, one instructor said off the cuff, "You must use up all of your energy before you can make more. Trust your body." In that moment, with my burning legs going round and round and sweat dripping from the tip of my nose, I got it.

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When my girls were babies I breastfed each of them exclusively for more than a year. Anyone who knows me might just take one look and assume that this was easy given my naturally well-endowed bosom. Not so. Those first few days, weeks and often months were littered with moments of excruciating pain and utter desperation. There were times (now known to be growth spurts) that my babies would suck on my breasts for hours upon hours leaving me exhausted, flattened, cracked and bleeding. They screamed and I wept, unsure I was capable of providing what they needed. New mommies are often advised during these times to supplement to more quickly ease the discomfort, the babies' and our own. Rarely are we advised to wait. To endure. To trust that our bodies, if given the chance, from somewhere deep within our core, will create more.

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To me, love is like energy and a mother's milk. It is only after we give away all we believe we have, when we are certain we have not an ounce left within us and when our rational selves are screaming at us to pull back, retreat, protect... that we are able to access that place where supply is infinite. When breastfeeding, the front milk which flows easily and often at the most inopportune times (e.g. at the cry of a strangers' child, which of course reinforces my belief that all women are mamas of the world) is not the most nutritious. Instead, it is the hind milk found in the very depths of the breast that is loaded with fat and nutrients. And reaching these precious life-sustaining droplets takes time, patience, commitment and often a great deal of discomfort. Yet, once shared, the child thrives and the mother, when allowed to honor herself and her body's natural process, will survive and will source more. 

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One of the many reasons I cherish my work with Unite and return to Tanzania as often as possible is that in this journey I have met countless women who support and care for (in one way or another) children who are not biologically their own. Whether she embraces the weeping child of a stranger, welcomes hungry children to her table even when food is scarce, pays an orphans' school fees or raises children of the less fortunate as her own, never does she turn a blind eye to need. From such women as these who step forward to love and serve as best they can (often with the scantest of resources) and who support one another other in doing the same, I have been inspired and blessed to find and tap my own inner infinite supply of powerful, life-changing, life-giving love. And for that... for them... I am eternally grateful.

Today, with our three daughters, four dogs, and now 47 orphans.... I have a hunch and a prayer that we are just getting started. 

At St. Joseph's Orphanage with (left to right) Gabriel, Max, Michael, Irene and Bryan... five of 47 opportunities to love bigger!

At St. Joseph's Orphanage with (left to right) Gabriel, Max, Michael, Irene and Bryan... five of 47 opportunities to love bigger!

EY Announces Hike for Heaven

EY Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) colleagues to “Hike for Heaven,” scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro to benefit education charity

 

A group of TAS colleagues are taking volunteering to new heights as they undertake a “Hike for Heaven” up Mt. Kilimanjaro to benefit a school for underprivileged children. They are even using their TAS skills to assist in the school’s expansion—all part of their EY-driven mission of building a better working world.

On 15 June, TAS Partners David Wells and Steve Stafford along with Senior Managers Steve Ho and David Doherty will embark on a weeklong climb of Africa's highest peak (19,341 feet). It’s part of Unite the World with Africa Foundation’s campaign to raise $100,000 to expand the Heaven School in rural northern Tanzania.

In Tanzania, the majority of the population earn less than $2 per day. Securing a high-quality, English-speaking education is often unobtainable, but the Heaven School—a private English-medium school that serves students ages 3–14 in 10 classrooms—is dedicated to teaching these children in need. Heaven was recently cited as a model English-medium school in the region.

The funds raised by our TAS colleagues’ climb will help expand the school’s capacity from 270 students to more than 500. This will allow the school to become financially self-sustaining, having a direct and positive impact on the lives of the orphans and children from surrounding rural villages. It will also provide much-needed employment for the community to serve as teachers, administrators and support staff.

Prior to the climb, David, David, Steve and Steve will spend time meeting with administrators at the Heaven School. There, they will help prepare a strategic plan for the expansion, along with budgets and tracking tools for the school's financial performance. Following their climb, the TAS colleagues’ commitment to the school will continue, through ongoing mentoring and checking in on progress and milestones achieved.

David Wells explained his motivation for undertaking this impressive endeavor. “Access to a quality education empowers people in countless ways—lifting economic standards, creating job opportunities, enhancing skills, fostering collaboration, celebrating our differences and, thereby, promoting peace,” he said. “My parents said to me that the best gift we give our children is a great education. With our Hike for Heaven, we give that gift, and all of its benefits and possibilities, to these children of Tanzania—providing all of us with the building blocks to a better working world.”

Steve Stafford further elaborated: “EY’s purpose of building a better working world has four pillars—sustainable growth, developing talent and leadership, collaboration, and trust and confidence. Our Hike for Heaven aligns perfectly with these core values. Unite the World with Africa Foundation’s efforts to provide education, healthcare and opportunities for at-risk women and children in Tanzania develops and inspires young minds, instilling trust and confidence in themselves and the broader world. Each member of our team is honored to assist and collaborate with Unite’s goal, and we are sure the people who benefit from the hike will contribute to a better working world in ways we can’t imagine today.”

If you would like to support our TAS colleagues’ monumental trek and learn more about their experience, please visit the Hike for Heaven homepage.

Unite the World with Africa Foundation is a 501c3 tax-exempt public charity. David Wells is the co-founder and treasurer of Unite, a 100% volunteer organization whose mission is to empower education, health, choice and dignity for impoverished communities across East Africa.

11 May 2017

 

Our Spring Report is LIVE!

Unite's travel team with Sister Crispina Mnate and many of the orphans of St. Joseph's on an educational field trip to Meserani Snake Park outside of Arusha, Tanzania. March 2017

Unite's travel team with Sister Crispina Mnate and many of the orphans of St. Joseph's on an educational field trip to Meserani Snake Park outside of Arusha, Tanzania. March 2017

 

Dear Friends of Unite,                                                              

I hope and pray this finds you happy, healthy and well. I am just now home from another whirlwind tour across Tanzania’s northern circuit with a team of magnificent women (each of whom generously sponsor one or more of our children at the St. Joseph’s Orphanage). I am thankful to report this was another hugely successful mission. We spent time with Sister Crispina Mnate and the orphans of St. Joseph’s as well as the headmaster, staff & students of The Heaven Primary School. We took many of the orphans on two field trips: To the “Guggenheim of Africa,” an art gallery atArusha’s Cultural Heritage center, where they learned about various art forms and watched the movie The Lion King on the big screen; and to the Meserani Snake Park where they learned about all the kinds of snakes (they even had the chance to hold one non-venomous ... of course) and go on camel rides! Lots of “firsts” for these kiddos and tons of fun for us all. Later in the trip, while my friends went on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater and on a day-climb of Mt Kilimanjaro, I took our Tanzanian executive team (below) on a due diligence trip to benchmark our performance against other reputable schools and children’s villages. We found that our students are exceeding norms in behavior and performance, including outcomes on critical national exams. In fact, the Heaven School is already being cited as a model primary school and St. Joseph’s the example of a well-run orphanage by local authorities. Additionally, we are already seeing the positive impact of our newest teammate Astridah Katalyeba who brings to Unite and Heaven more than 30 years of experience as an educator in Africa. Astridah is advocating for our secondary school and university students in ways we were not able to before. Astridah is accelerating and supporting Sister’s commitment to making Heaven best in class by organizing and executing a series of faculty training workshops to make the classrooms more participatory and interactive through the use of techology, visual aids and more. We are thrilled with and energized by all the great progress we are seeing, and we are deeply grateful to each and everyone of you who has helped in any and every way to make this work possible. As always, I welcome your comments, questions, ideas and feedback.

Yours in service, 

Anne Wells

This Valentines Day, let's UNITE with One Billion Rising

February 14th is not only a day to celebrate your one special love, it is a day to UNITE and celebrate your LOVE for all. In fact, today is also the day of One Billion Rising, a movement to end the oppression, subjection and violence against girls and women on Planet Earth. 

Here at Unite, we stand against injustice by fighting FOR the rights of the orphaned, underprivileged, impoverished and marginalized. Currently, our primary mission is to ensure that hundreds of children (girls AND boys) in Tanzania (orphaned and/or at-risk) receive high-quality educations to help ensure their vibrant, successful futures in which they are empowered with CHOICE, DIGNITY & OPPORTUNITY. 

To this end, we address zillions of details and challenges each and every day. Yet through the grace of God; the generous support of you -- our donors, friends, partners and supporters; and the trusted partnerships we are blessed to have with Sister Crispin Mnate, the founder and director of the St. Joseph's Orphanage and the Heaven Pre and Primary School; Deb Marshall, Unite's program manager in Tanzania; and Astridah Katalyeba, an expert education consultant who has joined our team to help build Heaven School into a model academic institution for the country... We are seeing real change happen in extraordinary and miraculous ways.

Here, some recent photos from the field:

Thanks to the hard work of Unite's next travel team (Nicole Gerber, Lisa Lawrence, Kenlynne Mulroy, Tanya Murphy, and Nicole Watson), new books have been purchased for the 180+ students of Heaven as well as for the 49 orphans of St. Joseph's.   

Thanks to the hard work of Unite's next travel team (Nicole Gerber, Lisa Lawrence, Kenlynne Mulroy, Tanya Murphy, and Nicole Watson), new books have been purchased for the 180+ students of Heaven as well as for the 49 orphans of St. Joseph's.   

Wiring for POWER has begun! This miracle has been made possible by generous grants from The Greer Foundation and The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. We are wildly grateful!

Wiring for POWER has begun! This miracle has been made possible by generous grants from The Greer Foundation and The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. We are wildly grateful!

We are now working on creating a playing field for the children and installing a basketball/multipurpose court for sports and fitness. We are in conversation with a team of USA coaches who may come over this summer to help us establish a formal program.

We are now working on creating a playing field for the children and installing a basketball/multipurpose court for sports and fitness. We are in conversation with a team of USA coaches who may come over this summer to help us establish a formal program.

We released a grant to purchase teachers' desks, classroom supplies and lock closets (like the one pictured above) for each of the classrooms to protect all materials from theft. 

We released a grant to purchase teachers' desks, classroom supplies and lock closets (like the one pictured above) for each of the classrooms to protect all materials from theft. 

Both the girls dorm (above) and the boys dorm are in desperate need of new roofs and renovations to stop the leakage and rot. 

Both the girls dorm (above) and the boys dorm are in desperate need of new roofs and renovations to stop the leakage and rot. 

The new entrance to St. Joseph's Orphanage with Mt Meru in the distance. 

The new entrance to St. Joseph's Orphanage with Mt Meru in the distance. 

Education Consultant Astridah Katalyeba and Sister Crispina Mnate, founder & director of St. Joseph's and Heaven -- photographed together in October 2016.

Education Consultant Astridah Katalyeba and Sister Crispina Mnate, founder & director of St. Joseph's and Heaven -- photographed together in October 2016.

Above is the new toilet block for the boys' dorm (a mirror one is being built for the girls). Construction is almost complete, and we now need to raise funds to install water tanks and washing stations. 

Above is the new toilet block for the boys' dorm (a mirror one is being built for the girls). Construction is almost complete, and we now need to raise funds to install water tanks and washing stations. 

Ceilings were recently installed in the Heaven classrooms to help cut down on sound disruptions. 

Ceilings were recently installed in the Heaven classrooms to help cut down on sound disruptions. 

We recently purchased and filled a bean silo to provide a regular source of protein for the children.

We recently purchased and filled a bean silo to provide a regular source of protein for the children.

Laying sand on the new playground, which includes top-quality climbing systems made by IBES in Usa River and donated by the Unite For Africa Student Club in Darien, CT. 

Laying sand on the new playground, which includes top-quality climbing systems made by IBES in Usa River and donated by the Unite For Africa Student Club in Darien, CT. 

The current "wall" protecting St. Joseph's and Heaven School is this weak wire fence that has recently been breached many times. Mostly just our water has been stolen, but it leaves the children vulnerable in many ways. We must build a proper wall and security system to protect these precious kids -- and we are currently seeking support for this critical project.

The current "wall" protecting St. Joseph's and Heaven School is this weak wire fence that has recently been breached many times. Mostly just our water has been stolen, but it leaves the children vulnerable in many ways. We must build a proper wall and security system to protect these precious kids -- and we are currently seeking support for this critical project.

Firewood has been purchased and all of the water tanks have been filled, which will get us through the next few months. 

Firewood has been purchased and all of the water tanks have been filled, which will get us through the next few months. 

Unite's program manager Deb Marshall and Sister Crispina Mnate, founder & director of St. Joseph's and Heaven stroll in front of the admin block while is was still under construction.

Unite's program manager Deb Marshall and Sister Crispina Mnate, founder & director of St. Joseph's and Heaven stroll in front of the admin block while is was still under construction.

Thanks to a generous grant from The Greer Charities, Yukunda Florence (above center) and four other of the oldest St. Joseph's orphans are now attending university. Yukunda is studying at Mweka College of Africa Wildlife Management in Moshi and she is at the top of her class. 

Thanks to a generous grant from The Greer Charities, Yukunda Florence (above center) and four other of the oldest St. Joseph's orphans are now attending university. Yukunda is studying at Mweka College of Africa Wildlife Management in Moshi and she is at the top of her class. 

The administration block is complete. This building will house the staff offices and the school library and computer lab.   

The administration block is complete. This building will house the staff offices and the school library and computer lab.   

The chicken coop is complete, and we expect to start getting eggs for the children in the next few weeks. This was made possible by Elizabeth Pocsik, her son Will and their family and friends. 

The chicken coop is complete, and we expect to start getting eggs for the children in the next few weeks. This was made possible by Elizabeth Pocsik, her son Will and their family and friends. 

The new school bus is already overflowing.... Thanks to an extraordinary student enrollment, we now need a second bus!

The new school bus is already overflowing.... Thanks to an extraordinary student enrollment, we now need a second bus!

Thanks to Greens Farms Academy and Zeta Interactive, we now have 15 laptops to serve the orphans who are enrolled in university and the SJO/Heaven school staff and computer lab. We are always seeking more laptops. If you have a used one that is still in good working order, please let me know at anne@uniteafricafoundation.org

Thanks to Greens Farms Academy and Zeta Interactive, we now have 15 laptops to serve the orphans who are enrolled in university and the SJO/Heaven school staff and computer lab. We are always seeking more laptops. If you have a used one that is still in good working order, please let me know at anne@uniteafricafoundation.org

Godfrey Daniel Saitoti, 25, one of the original boys to come live at St. Joseph's in 2000, is now in his 3rd year of medical school at Kampala International University. This extraordinary accomplishment is being made possible through the sponsorship of the White Family, the Greer Foundation, and The Mitchell D. Phaiah Foundation.

Godfrey Daniel Saitoti, 25, one of the original boys to come live at St. Joseph's in 2000, is now in his 3rd year of medical school at Kampala International University. This extraordinary accomplishment is being made possible through the sponsorship of the White Family, the Greer Foundation, and The Mitchell D. Phaiah Foundation.

Unite recently purchased and installed proper beds (with mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets) and mosquito nets for all the 49 orphans of St. Joseph's. 

Unite recently purchased and installed proper beds (with mattresses, sheets, pillows, blankets) and mosquito nets for all the 49 orphans of St. Joseph's. 

Thanks to our Student Sponsorship program, Unite is able to send nearly all of the older orphans to private secondary schools and our dream is that we will be able to support them all through University when their times come.

Thanks to our Student Sponsorship program, Unite is able to send nearly all of the older orphans to private secondary schools and our dream is that we will be able to support them all through University when their times come.

Division #1 results for the children of St. Joseph's!!!!


This week there was much celebration at St. Joseph's Orphanage after receiving the results of the National Exam for our Form 2 students! We are thrilled to report that Esther, Maria, Fidesta, Rose and Theresia (all of whom study at Kilasara Secondary School), as well as Denis and Karoli (all of who study at Adili Secondary School) earned Division 1 placements at the end of 2016! Kelvin received Division II, also very exciting and honorable results. 

We are all so very proud these students who work so hard to reach their educational goals. 

To better understand what the results mean:

Division I is awarded to candidates who (1) pass in at least seven subjects, which must include at least one subject in civics, Kiswahili, foreign languages, social sciences or technology, mathematics, natural sciences, commercial studies or home economics. (2) pass with grades of A- C in at least four subjects; and (3) reach an aggregate of not more than 17 points in the candidate's seven best subjects.

Division II is awarded to candidates who (1) pass in at least seven subjects, which must include at least one subject as listed above; (2) pass with grades of A-C in at least four subjects; and (3) reach an aggregate of not more than 21 points in the best seven subjects.

Division III and Division IV descend from the above standards.