General Donation to BLOOM
Donations to our general fund help us with any of the programs or projects below, including operating costs, filling in the gaps for child sponsorships, and other emergency funds as needed. If you sign up to donate monthly, you will receive a special thank you gift in the mail from BLOOM’s staff on your third month of a recurring donation in any amount.
Emergency medical and food aid for Uganda
Another wave of Covid-19 has hit Uganda, and they are currently in full lockdown again. 150 kids between Kampala, Rakai and Mukono are currently ill. Some may have Covid, some have Malaria. All urgently need medication. In addition, due to the lockdown, there is another food shortage, as markets have closed and transportation between districts is not allowed. Funds donated to this emergency fundraiser will go toward medication and food aid for children in Uganda. Anything raised beyond the goal will go toward mosquito nets to prevent malaria.
Livestock for Foster Families
Donate a pig or goat to a foster family in need. The livestock can be used to produce food, milk, or can reproduce and be sold as income for a foster family.
Sewing Classes for Women
Donate towards a sewing machine, teacher salary or other materials so a young woman can learn an income-producing trade, liveable wage, and thereby can support herself and/or her family.
Many parents are struggling to make ends meet and are often tempted to give their children to orphanages just so they can have food. 80% of children in orphanages worldwide are not true orphans, but are sent to orphanages because the parents cannot afford to care for them. Combined with our sustainable farming and income-generating projects, parenting classes support and encourge struggling families to stay together through Bible studies, pathways to income generation, parenting strategies, basic child care, breast feeding and prenatal care counseling, and more.
About 40 percent of girls in Uganda are married before the age of 18, and more than half drop out of school. This puts them at greater risk for poverty, leads to teen pregnancy and higher mortality rates. Sponsor a young girl to participate in counseling, spiritual classes, access to additional reading materials, general schooling and reproductive education so she can learn her value as a woman and her identity in Christ. It is an important complimentary program to the income generating projects offered for young women. The program also supports petitioning government officials to encourage supportive laws for women’s rights, ending child marriages, and rallying the wider communities to stand up for girls’ rights.
Shoemaking for Men
Finding a job that pays a liveable wage for men to support their families is challenging. It’s even more difficult for young boys who are about to age out of the child welfare system to find a job. While paying special attention to women is important, we must also empower men to care for themselves and their families, so that women do not bear the sole responsibility. Sponsoring materials and a teacher’s salary for young men to participate in the shoemaking program gives them an income-generating skill and works to lift the individuals and their communities out of poverty.
Sponsor a teacher’s salary for a month so that children at each of our school locations have access to a quality, Christian private school education.
Sponsor a social worker’s salary so that children and foster families have access to counseling and the support systems they need to thrive.
Girls’ Dorm + Emergency Shelter
Donate toward the final construction costs and monthly operating expenses for the emergency shelter for trafficked and abused girls in the local community of Mukono, Uganda.
Sustainable Farming Project
Donate toward additional farmland, tools needed to maintain the land, seeds, and irrigation.
Sponsor a child today for food, Christian education, safe shelter, school supplies, clothing & shoes, medical care and spiritual mentorship.
Gifts shown here are all direct impact programs of BLOOM’s holistic 5 Pillars to Thrive development model. All contributions designated for specific funds will be applied to those projects/programs and to administering the gifts. We are committed to being good stewards of your gift, and when we receive contributions above the target budget for a given fund, we apply those funds to meet similar pressing needs.
Unless you submit a gift through your sponsorship portal directly earmarked for your specific sponsored child, gifts from this catalog will not go directly to your specific sponsored child. BLOOM partners in each site location work to identify children and families with the highest and most pressing needs. We want to be sure that your gifts through this catalog will go to the children and families who need them most.
Specific amounts for child sponsorship, livestock donation and social worker/teacher salaries are actual costs based on field needs communicated by our partners. Others, such as income generation and empowerment/advocacy programs, building construction costs and field-operating costs are an average amount per participant or are left open ended so that we can meet a targeted fundraising goal. While we’ve listed suggested gift amounts that will make the most impact on children in our programs, these are not the only options available. We deeply appreciate any gift amount given.
Each holiday season we will launch a Christmas-specific fundraiser that will benefit all participating children in our programs. These specific fundraisers will not necessarily be earmarked for specific children or families, rather, will contribute to the community as a whole. These gifts will range from toys and shoes/clothing for the children, to community livestock or food gifts, or any other specifically named need by our partners at that time.
BLOOM will issue you an automatic electronic receipt for your donation (be sure to check your junk/spam folder). We recommend you present this receipt to your tax professional in order to determine tax writeoff eligibility. BLOOM is a 501c3 organization, and our EIN is 45-4292119.