Global Village Connect
We've changed our name from Kuchanga Foundation to Global Village Connect!
Kuchanga Foundation facilitates peer relationships between communities in the United States and Africa; and supports educational, philanthropic and development initiatives that arise from these relationships. Our 501(c)3 organization was incorporated in 2012 and works in partnership with host communities, nongovernmental organizations, and volunteers.
Fresh Water Project in Uganda
We adopted our son, Kirabo, from Uganda when he was 3 years old. Just 9 months after he was born, his birth mother passed away, leaving him alone and in dire straits. Several months later, with nobody caring for young Kirabo, his situation had become desperate. It was in this critical moment when caring members of his ancestral village came together to rescue him. A few eggs here, a cup of flour there…the small donations rolled in to an elderly volunteer caregiver to help provide for his needs. These kind and incredibly humble people, themselves standing in great need, came together and literally saved our son’s life.
It is our turn to repay their simple generosity. The Kayabwe village sits just off the Equator southwest of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala. The local population are among the country’s poorest, living largely from subsistence farming. Fresh water is the most precious commodity in this area. Villagers, usually children, travel up to 1.5 miles each direction to fetch water which they carry home for their families. Water borne illness is high as travel to and from the next available well for fresh water is so difficult.
Here is where we can help. We are raising money to establish a well in Kirabo’s village and provide a safe and secure source of fresh water for the entire community. We anticipate locating the well near the school in order to maximize the benefit to local children. This village came together to care for our son in his time of need, and now we would like to care for them. Please consider joining us in financing a well for the Kayabwe village in Uganda, to provide the community with life-saving fresh water. Help us change their lives.
Organic farming project in Bupalla, Uganda
OWe recently went and helped our friends at Bupala School with an organic farm. This farm will soon be able to feed the students and give them their much needed lunch, usually their first meal of the day, sometimes their only meal. Until everything is growing and harvested, we will continue to support the school with funding for lunch. It was a great summer trip!
We will continue to help coordinate a cooperative for the community to grow and dry fruit in rural Uganda. We have an exporter and our vision is to take a product that farmers are already growing – and simply increase its value by bringing it to consumers who care about what they eat, and from where it comes. This enables farmers, including Bupala school, direct to the community. The community then has the opportunity to invest in their own local infrastructure, education and other endeavours as they see fit.
Bupala primay school compostable latrine
Iganga, Eastern Uganda
The Bupala Community and the Radnor Middle School built a much needed sustainable composting latrine at Bupala Primary School.
Communities of Inganga
Inganga district, Eastern Uganda
Teaching, building much needed latrines for the kids at school, providing medical and dental care or helping with a business plan.
We raised funds and distributed mosquito nets and tooth brushes for the Abayudaya community and it's neighbors.
Give a Goat Continues!
Whether it's a school fundraiser, a holiday gift or a mitzvah project, people of all ages are raising funds to purchase goats to give African orphans in need. Each $100 donated purchases a fertile milk goat for an orphan. These children can sell their goat's produce and offspring to pay for living expenses such as food, shelter and school fees.
The return on investment also will grow, it's a pay-it-forward project. The kids who are provided with a goat must agree to give the first nanny goat born from their goat to another orphan, and those orphans will do the same.
Give A Goat is working in Uganda, Tanzania and we're starting a new program for Primary School students in Kenya. The program began in Nabugoye village, the center of Uganda's small native Jewish community. By leveraging social investments, the Nabugoye community and the kids in particular, have grown the program by giving their first born femae offspring to others in need, whose population includes their Christian and Muslim neighbors.
The "Give a Goat" program not only provides a source of income for kids who have lost their parents. It is intended to teach the kids to care for something and to give them the ability to give to give back to the community that has taken them in.
Join us in supporting this great project!
Melanie's Hospice Project
Hospice and Pallative Care in Uganda
We have begun collaborating with a registered nurse and Village outreach workers to provide hospice service to people suffering with terminal illnesses. Through our work with dedicated outreach providers, we hope to expand access to emotional support, medications, and other medical supplies to those who are often isolated and in pain. Help us give those people at their end of their lives the support and dignity they deserve.