Every little bit of me is excited and full of cheer not because everything is going my way but because I have life and oh what joy that brings me, especially today!
September is a special month for me for two reasons; it is the month I was born and also the same one I chose to take a leap of faith and leave formal employment to build my dream. This post has a little something to do with both.
Four years after quitting my job, and 5 after starting this 40-40 journey and it is still such a struggle, so much fatigue and heartache. I am still mostly clueless and some days are longer than years. That is the truth.
The other truth is that it is an extremely rewarding gift, that keeps giving. So many lives have been transformed, including my own and I am convinced that the best is yet to come!
This year I thought I would travel to an exotic destination to mark the passing of a decade. After a while, I joked to my friends that all I wanted for my birthday was money. I have a long list of needs and I would help them help me. They gift me with cash, I buy stuff I actually want/need instead of a gift I might just look at, unable to re-gift it or use it. In my genius plan, everyone wins.
Buttttt…there are some things more important to me than the Maldives and Jimmy Choos. One of those things is the dream that is 4040. A chance for all of us to play our part to make the world a better place.
I now have a birthday wish that is less about me and more about some beautiful children, some of whom I am yet to meet- getting more resources to make their lives better and we can get them there-together!
A month ago, I signed us up to this platform called Global giving. It presents an opportunity for people all over the world to contribute to causes they believe in and you stand a chance to have your donations matched.
The catch is that we need to raise a minimum of $5,000 (approximately 18 million) to stay on as permanent partners and receive access to new donors.
The other catch is that we have until 29th September to make this happen.
This $5,000 will bring us closer to our dream of setting up learning centres for vulnerable children. These centres will have books, toys, computers and learning aids availed at absolutely no cost.
You can watch a short video that summarises our dream here
These centres will also give individuals an opportunity to train children in different skills. You get to spend your free time and weekends teaching the children at a centre near you how to play guitar, code or fix a car. The opportunities are limitless!
These children will not only learn but also get exposed and hopefully inspired by your success stories. These activities will also keep them occupied instead of being engaged in child labour or crime.
The first centre will help us test various interventions, learn and improve so that we can put up many more for children who most deserve it.
So how do we do this? We do it together!
You can follow the link and make your donation here.
Will you be our first? 🙂
Donations can only be made online using a debit/credit card.
I do have another suggestion though. If your preference is mobile money and it is what you can access easily, we can make it happen too.
I am happy to share my number (which is registered in my names so your heart is at rest) 077-749-9991
Every donation that will come on there shall then be converted to dollars and I will find someone to donate the equivalent on the platform.
I will then send you evidence of your donation on the website.
We need 500 people donating $10 each/250 people donating $20 dollars, 100 people donating $50 dollars each or 50 people donating $100.
That is approximately Ugx 36,000, 72,000, 180,000 and 360,000 respectively.
Lucky for me, I believe in the impossible; Not only because I am a dreamer but also because I have seen the power of people almost daily, for the most part of this beautiful journey.
We can do this!
Also, here is a picture of me doing that which makes my heart leap for those who don’t know me personally but will come across this blog post.
Please join me to make my birthday wish come true. So many lives will be better for it.
Thank you in advance!