In 2011, American Advisors Group became inspired by an organization in Uganda dedicated to rescuing, restoring, and empowering women who have been victimized by trafficking, violence, and poverty. This organization is called the Kwagala Project. Since then, American Advisors Group has made the Kwagala Project the anchor program for our AAGives Back campaign. Every month, American Advisors Group raises money through different fundraisers to help support the house in Gulu where the girls live and to give the girls an opportunity to invest in their future. In addition, American Advisors Group works closely with the Second Harvest Food Bank collecting goods for Food Drives.
This month in charity, American Advisors Group is touched to hear that the girls to whom we are “giving back” in Kwagala are in turn “giving back” themselves! We are told that every few months the girls come up with a community outreach project, and this month, they chose “aka HOPE.” The Kwagala girls gave their time and love to a school filled with orphaned and refugee children who live in one of the largest slums in Kampala.
The girls set aside an entire day to visit with these children: they gathered the children in a big circle and sang songs to introduce themselves and learn the children’s names. They played games and led activities, teaching the children new songs and drum beats, as well as learning the children’s own traditional dances.
The Kwagala girls fell in love with these children, discussing different ways to do more, like volunteering with peer mentoring, holding classes, and even majoring in education in order to come back and teach the vulnerable children.
Also this month the bead-makers decided on a new venture: planting and cultivating a vegetable garden! For a whole week they collected and turned soil, and watered the area at night. They visited the local trash heap with their shovels and wheelbarrows to gather fertilizer and wheel it back. They kicked off their shoes, rolled up their sleeves, and sowed a garden. Now they will wait to reap their rewards: fresh eggplants, tomatoes, onions, greens, cabbage, and a local plant called bitter tomatoes.
AAGives Back also presented the very 1st Annual Company Spelling Bee in collaboration with Independence at Home to raise money for low-income seniors. Drawing on the competitive natures of American Advisors Group employees, each department sent one representative to the spelling battle. In the end, American Advisors Group raised over $1000 dollars to send to Independence at Home.
To learn about how you can help, visit IndependenceAtHome.org