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Hey Friends,

We’re legit in America! Like, for REAL. This last month we registered as a nonprofit under the State of Colorado. Super exciting stuff. What does that even mean?

It means that we are one step closer to being as organized and accountable as we can be. Our registered name is Global Seeds of Hope.

While we have been running with the administrative assistance of Joyland Church for some time, we are finally going to be standing on our own two feet. Our outreaches and projects will still be focused on Uganda and the village of Butende, but now we have an office in Colorado where we’ll handle the finances for ourselves, a board overlooking it, and soon a way to give tax-exempt receipts without going through a 3rd organization (Joyland Church). On the Ugandan side of things, this sort of structure has already been in place. At this point, I want to say a massive shout-out to Joyland Church for helping us get to this stage.

Our next step in this process will be filing for tax-exempt 501(c)3 status with the IRS. The cost for filing is $800, and so long as we get it filed by the end of the year, everything given this year is tax-exempt in the US. That same status also gives benefits in Uganda when it comes to certain taxes.

Shipping Container Project

So what’s happening now? At this moment, we are gathering books, school supplies, used laptops, and other things that come in handy for launching a school. In America we are sending it over the ocean via a shipping container. In Uganda, we will also be purchasing some. This first year of school will be simply learning to read and write – a superpower in itself.

If you want to be a part of this endeavor, you can! In fact, I have a small mountain of kids books building up in my bedroom right now from people who have donated them for Ugandan children. Soon I’ll need to find more room to store it all. 🙂

We’re looking for:

  • All types of children’s books (board books, picture books, chapter books, even books that a young teen would read…)
  • School supplies (pens, rulers, craft paper, crayons, used laptops…)
  • Educational tools (phonics curriculum, magnetic alphabets or such, dry-erase boards, chalk boards…)

If you have any of these things and want to donate them, or if you have something and are wondering if we can use it, you can message me through email ([email protected]). Even some UK friends have decided to ship directly to Uganda.

Jesus once said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Through so many situations, that verse keeps returning to me. Caring for the future of these children is as though you are caring for Jesus.

The Clean Water Project

One more quick praise before I end this newsletter. Our well project is gaining traction. Whitaker Oil (a small company in WY and CO) is donating all their bottled water profits for 2 months. This totals close to $3,000. The entire cost of the water system we want to build for the village is $30,000, but to start out with a small bore hole well (hand pump) it will only cost about $9,000. This means we are about a 3rd of the way there to having water on the property! Yay!

Thank you!

So know matter what you do, whether you pray for us, give, volunteer, or share it with friends, it is as though you are doing it for Jesus personally. Together, we are changing lives. Thank you for walking with us!

And keep praying for us. Joel has been in Uganda, working on the land (more to come on that later), and I will be joining him again on March 23rd.

We love each and every one of you!

Grace and peace,

Jennifer Whitaker and Joel Biyinzika

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