To date, we have been successful in bringing clean water to Kitonya, Kakindu and Namasengere villages in Kassanda District, Uganda.
The following steps were implemented:
After a geological survey to ascertain the presence of underground water, heavy duty equipment moves in to drill deep into the earth to reach the water table. Pumps are then used to bring fresh water to the surface. Samples of the water is sent to government labs to determine safety standards. To the joy of the villagers, long and strenuous walks to the lake to fetch unsafe water are a thing of the past.
Arrival of Syrian family July 6 2018 – Tarek Hazemeh, his spouse Dima Dawoud, daughter Sidra, son Mohamed Kareem and brother-in-law Mohamed Issam Dawoud. Picture of their first meal hosted by Remtulla family.
Arrival of Hazari family from Balouchistan, Pakistan on November 14 2019 – Kalsoom Jaffari and brother Sikandar. Picture with younger sister Zakia Batool. They met her after 7 years.
In March of 2018, GIFT partnered with a local Prepared Meals company, DinnerzDone’s Feed Another Program to host a special Nowruz Dinner at the 360 Youth Shelter in Richmond Hill. Lead by DinnerzDone chef, a group of 6 volunteers prepared a tasty meal of halal lasagna, garlic bread and Caesar salad. A second group of 5 volunteers set up a traditional Persian Haft Sin table to mark in the Nowruz New Year, a time of rebirth, renewed intentions and celebration. The meal ended with full stomachs, new friendships, great conversations and a traditional Persian rice pudding dessert. The staff at 360 kids were a delight to work with, and the volunteers, dependable and hard working as always.
In September of 2020, GIFT was pleased to host an event for seniors in their local community. Due to COVID19, many seniors have unfortunately been home bound and struggling with boredom and loneliness. GIFT wanted to give these seniors an opportunity to come out of their homes and to socialize with their fellow community members, while maintaining social distancing protocols. A group of 6 volunteers came together to organize this event which included some physical exercises for them to practice daily as well as partake in a fun calligraphy painting class. Lunch was also provided during which they had an opportunity to talk and share about their backgrounds and life experiences. Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success!
All you hear these days is how the numbers for Covid-19 are on the rise. When you hear these words over and over again, it brings a lot of anxiety, fear and insecurity. This is more so for families who are already facing financial difficulties and are struggling to put a decent meal on their table. GIFT Organization decided to donate face masks to food bank recipients with words of encouragement printed on them. These masks were then distributed on November 14th along with the food box from the Foodbank.