I.HUG Foundation - Help Uganda Grow
Last Tuesday, I went to a fundraising event for i.HUG that was held at the National Arts Club in the Gramercy area of NYC. Good food and drinks, sweet silent auction prizes, beautiful venue along with a large turnout for this great cause helped make this well organized fundraiser a success! My friend, Bryan Rodriguez, introduced me to Kelly Thomas, one of the coordinators of the gala, the week prior at his non-profit fundraising event. (I've been on a charity event circuit the past 2 weeks...)
The International HUG Foundation (i.HUG) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out to disadvantaged and orphaned children in Uganda by providing them with an education, access to healthcare, and an environment that fosters their physical, social and emotional development. In order to ensure the sustainability of our mission, i.HUG strives to use local resources and to leverage our successes to benefit the entire community.
i.HUG currently has two projects.
Sponsor a child
Sponsors donate $360 annually to sponsor a needy child who cannot afford to go to school. That pays for the child’s school fees, school uniform, books and basic healthcare for one year. Sponsors receive a photo and a profile of their child, as well as some correspondence from the child throughout the year.
The Seeds Project
While i.HUG's sponsorship project provides immediate relief, our other long-term project embodies i.HUG’s philosophy of Sustainable Education and Ethical Development—what we call, “The SEEDs Project.” Here, we are raising funds to establish a primary school in Kabalagala. In addition to providing education, the school will also be used as a community center in off hours and provide adult education classes and, as the project grows, a place to house a clinic.