This part of our website will include updates about our ongoing efforts to provide free preschool education to low-income rural communities, in particular, the ACCESS pre-school program located in Nakaseke, Uganda.
October 8, 2019
Our pre-school program is play-based, we provide STE(A)M based toys, books, and puzzles and that inspire creativity and let their imagination grow. Pictured are the children playing with their toys which improves fine motor skills, memory, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, self-esteem and teamwork.
Items for purchase
August 30, 2019
New items have been added on our website’s store.
Parents and caregivers making clothing and jewelry for purchase
August 28, 2019
Recent photos of the parents and caregivers of the preschool children making clothing and jewelry for purchase. At Grace's Promise, we provide the children of Nakaseke District, Uganda, preschool education and access to healthcare for free. However, once the children graduate from our program and move on to primary school, their parents must find the financial means to pay for their children's primary school fees. Look for items for purchase on our website in the near future. Every dollar of your purchase will go directly to benefiting the families. Every item was loving crafted by a Ugandan mother or caregiver.
preschool construction begins
August 12, 2019
We are excited to share our pre-school building blueprints! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we will be starting the first phase of construction. Look for more upcoming photographs of the construction phase and how you can sponsor a classroom.
Items for purchase
July 1, 2019
We have a new section to our website! You can now purchase items lovingly handcrafted by the mothers / caregivers of the children enrolled in the preschool program. https://www.gracespromise.com/store
Newtown Bee, Fundraiser Update
June 22, 2019
Thank you to Eliza Hallabeck for helping us promote our nonprofit by updating the public on our recent fundraiser. To read the article click on this link -> https://www.newtownbee.com/fundraiser-supports-promise-ugandan-preschoolers/06242019
June 19, 2019
We welcome two new members to our team: Estherloy Katali will be serving as our Director and A.C.C.E.S.S. Liaison coordinator and Mitra Sadigh will be the Director of Marketing and Communications. Mitra will be updating our nonprofit with a blog.
Night of the fundraiser
June 8, 2019
Thank you everyone for your support of Grace’s Promise’s first fundraiser - it was an incredible night! It was overwhelming to feel such gracious and heartfelt support for the preschool families. Follow us on Instagram too @gracespromise for updates as well!
June 5, 2019
Catherine Herrick - VP of Sustainability - spoke at the Girl Scouts Legacy of Leadership Luncheon about her work on the Incoming Generating Activity Program at Grace’s Promise where caregivers are able to earn an income for their child’s education.
May 31, 2019
Check out our video!! These are the preschool families that will directly benefit from our upcoming fundraiser
May 21, 2019
Follow us for weekly updates on our new Instagram account @gracespromise
May 17, 2019
We are thankful to collaborate with organizations, like Clayton’s Mercantile Supply, and individuals who share a passion for making the world a better place. Clayton’s generous donation will benefit the families of the preschool children living in Nakaseke District, Uganda.
Happy Mother’s day
May 12, 2019
At Grace’s Promise, we celebrate mothers who sacrifice and devote all of their time and energy to their families. We appreciate all the blessings they tirelessly give to their children in order for them to have an opportunity for a better life.
April 22, 2019
Today is International Earth Day where we celebrate Mother Earth. At Grace’s Promise, we take our responsibility seriously to ensure environmental and economic sustainability for all children and their caregivers who live in under served rural communities. Pictured is a caregiver tending to her pigs. Because of your generous donations, we can offer caregivers and parents micro-grants, such as raising pigs, jewelry making or tailoring, to earn income and lift themselves out of poverty.
March 26, 2019
International Woman’s day
March 8, 2019
March 8th is International Women’s Day! It is a day for celebrating womanhood. At Grace’s Promise, we celebrate the mothers, aunts, and grandmothers who work tirelessly to lift their families out of poverty and provide their children with an education. Pictured are some of the mothers and grandmothers learning Income Generating Activities such as making jewelry making and knitting.
Breaking the cycle of poverty
March 2, 2019
The mothers are working hard in learning new skills that will
allow them to successfully improve their economic situations and lift
themselves and their families out of poverty.
New Website design
February 23, 2019
We have a new and improved website! Keep updated with our ongoing efforts to provide free preschool education in Nakaseke Uganda. Currently, 78% of all children attending school in Uganda drop out by the time they reach 6th grade. There are no available preschool programs, and parents must pay school fees for public primary school education, which can be a hardship for the family. Grace’s Promise is dedicated to giving these children an opportunity to attend preschool programs designed to teach the fundamental skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and graduate from primary school.
Educate and Inspire
February 13, 2019
Today Catherine Herrick presented her Girl Scout Gold Award project, creating an Income Generating Activities, (IGA), program to the Sacred Heart Academy community. In addition to her PowerPoint and board presentation, she worked with fellow students making marketing tags to attach to the hand made items the mothers and caregivers are making. Money earned from the items will be used to feed the families of the students and pay for the student's school fees.
February 10, 2019
We had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Karen Pease Marino, BeadsforLife, Community Partner Volunteer. Many similarities exist with Grace's Promise and BeadforLife, as we both seek to create sustainable opportunities for women to break the cycle of extreme poverty. At Grace's Promise, we work with mothers and caregivers of our preschool students to help them learn and earn income so they can support themselves and their children. We look forward to working with BeadforLife in the near future. Also thank you to Dr. Petrini, from Western CT Health Network, for making the introductions.
Stimulation and Discovery
February 5, 2019
Our program is a S.T.E.M. based curriculum that is play based with a focus on stimulation and discovery. Pictured are the preschool children engaging in playful activities.
IGA Program A Success
February 4, 2019
The raw materials delivered by Dr. Agaba have become beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Parents are also working on making baby clothes, blankets, and other items for purchase to help pay for their children's kindergarten education school fees. Our preschool program is free but once the children graduate to primary school, parents are responsible for their children's school fees.
International Education Day
January 24, 2019
Today is the first ever International Day of Education which reinforces education is a basic human right and it is vitally important for sustainable development. We at Grace’s Promise firmly believe education improves many aspects of society, including political participation, opportunities toward democratic reforms, and social/gender/ethnic equality, and leads to a decrease in infant mortality rates.
January 22, 2019
Thank you to the A.C.C.E.S.S. team for periodically visiting the preschool families and their children and encourage them to read and learn while at home.
Delivery of Raw Materials
January 21, 2019
Thank you Dr. Agaba for delivering the materials from the United States to Ugandan parents and caregivers of the preschool program participants to further develop the Income Generating Activities (IGA) Program. Pictured in the photograph is one of the IGA teachers who will teach crocheting, knitting, and jewelry crafting. Items that the mothers and grandmothers make will be for sale on this website soon. Proceeds from the sale of the items will help the families pay for their children's education when they enter elementary school.
Twenty New Graduates
December 15, 2018
Congratulations to twenty of our preschool graduates who will be starting elementary school in January 2019. We know that they will be prepared thanks to our play-based preschool program that focuses on S.T.E.M. based learning, cognitive skills, music, and English.
October 1, 2018
Thank you to Resty Nakayima, the ACCESS social worker, for working closely with the parents and the caregivers of the preschool children to identify Income Generating Activities (IGA’s). IGA’s will enable parents and caregivers to earn money to pay for their children’s education fees. The pre-school program is free to our students, but once they graduate, the parents and caregivers are responsible for paying the children’s primary school fees. Resty will be working with Catherine Herrick, our Vice President of Sustainability, to ensure children will have the opportunity to continue their education once they graduate from our program.
Collaborative Efforts Among Donors
September 9, 2018
A special thank you to Kathy Gunther, a retired preschool teacher, for donating preschool activity kits comprised of books and toys, to Grace's Promise. We accepted the donation on behalf of Jericho Partnership, CityServe, located in Danbury Connecticut. CityServe's mission is to help the South Street & Great Plain Elementary School, low-income families, and help the homeless find jobs.
West Haven Rotary Club Lunch and Learn
August 29, 2018
Thank you to Mr. Donald Thomas, from the West Haven Rotary Club, for inviting me to speak at the Lunch and Learn today. I was able to share my Girl Scout Gold Award and what we are accomplishing in Uganda at the moment. We look forward to partnering with the West Haven Rotary Club in our future endeavors.
Congratulations Catherine Herrick
August 23, 2018
Congratulations to Catherine Herrick, our VP of Sustainability, for completing her first step to earning her Girl Scout Gold Award. For Catherine's Gold Award project, she is working with parents of preschool children to develop income-generating activities. This will help parents earn the required amount of money to pay for their children's primary school education fees.
CT Style Meghan Yost Interview
August 16, 2018
Thank you to Meghan Yost for interviewing me and giving me the opportunity to discuss my two passions, education and health. To check out the interview, click on the link below.
ACCESS Preschool Program Visit in Uganda
July 25, 2018
It was my pleasure visiting the ACCESS Preschool Program and personally meeting all the children and their caregivers. A special thank you to Sam Kane for donating a preschool music curriculum and a karaoke machine to the program. Also a gratitude of thanks to the program coordinators, the children's caregivers, and to the ACCESS community for making the preschool program a reality.
Cards for a Cause
May 31, 2018
Thank you to Katelyn Doane for organizing a fundraiser, Cards for a Cause, to benefit Graces Promise's mission of providing free preschool education to underprivileged communities. Also, thank you to all who purchased the handmade, boxed kits.
Elisa Hallabeck interviews Grace
April 7, 2018
Thank you to Elisa Hallabeck from the Newtown Bee for spreading the word about our nonprofit preschool program. You can read the article here https://newtownbee.com/st-rose-of-lima-graduate-returns-to-share-story-of-starting-a-preschool-program-in-uganda/
Donation from the Saint Rose of Lima School
March 16, 2018
I’m very grateful SRS chose Grace’s Promise, Inc as the beneficiary of the funds raised from the “Teacher Appreciation Day” fundraiser. Education should be a basic human right for all and my non-profit is trying to bring education to rural communities in poverty stricken areas that have no future. Every dollar they gave directly benefits the children in our Uganda A.C.C.E.S.S. Preschool Program.
Saint Rose of Lima Preschool Program
March 14, 2018
It was with great joy I spent Wednesday morning with the Saint Rose of Lima school's Preschool Program with the four and five year old children. I read my favorite childhood book Chica Chica Boom Boom to them and we then did a craft. Promoting the importance of preschool education is important because it is the foundation of learning.
We Now Have Two Preschool Programs!
February 12, 2018
Congratulations to our new preschool program participants. Ten students will be enrolled in our expanded afternoon preschool program. Our preschool program requires parents to be involved in the learning process; pictured is Estherloy educating the new parents and students on the requirements of the preschool program.
New Facebook Page
January 12, 2018
Our new Grace's Promise, Inc. Facebook page was created today. Future posts will be located there. Click here to access the new page, or here for our old posts on Uganda Read's Facebook page, which chronicles the progression of turning my girl scout gold award project into a preschool education non-profit.
December 30, 2017
Congratulations to the graduates of the ACCESS Preschool Program! This picture is an example of one of the many children at their celebratory party receiving their certificates of completion. We wish them great success as they move on to kindergarten.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Donation
October 3, 2017
A heartfelt thank you to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for their monetary donation, along with donating tables chairs and toys, to the ACCESS Preschool program. Pictured is Dr. Robert Kalyesubula, President ACCESS-Uganda, along with the preschool coordinator, and some of the children and the parents enrolled in the ACCESS Preschool program.
September 1, 2017
Thanks to Ogilvy Common Health Market Access's Art Department, Grace's Promise has a new logo. A special thank you to Dawn Caserta for tirelessly working on our new brochure and business card!
April 20, 2017
The CT Office of the State has approved the official nonprofit Grace's Promise, Inc. Thank you to Grace's Promise's board of directors for believing in me and this project as well as Pro Bono Partnership, my attorneys, the Girl Scouts of CT, and The Gunnery community.
March 28, 2017
The STEM and sensory toys that were purchased using the money raised with the help of The Gunnery community have arrived at the ACCESS preschool today. The children are so excited to receive the gifts that will foster their creativity.
January 25, 2017
Students made drawings that were sent over to Uganda along with STEM and Sensory Integration kits that will be purchased with the funds raised. Your support means everything! Thank you to everyone who donated to the ACCESS Preschool Program fundraiser at The Gunnery!
Sharing Our Mission
November 7, 2016
It was my pleasure attending the Gold Award Centennial luncheon yesterday and having the opportunity to talk about the ACCESS preschool program. The highlight was listening to Ms. Younger, President and CEO of Ms. Foundation for Women, and fellow Girl Scout, share her journey of advocating for women's rights. I am happy to be a part of an incredible Sisterhood of amazing women!
October 18, 2016
A total of 35 participants ranging from the ages of 2.5 to 6 years old are enrolled in the preschool. Some of the children have younger siblings that come because their parents cannot leave them home alone, increasing the total number children in the program to 42. Pictured is one of the participants of the program.
March 15, 2016
Play is the foundation to learning and the classes are structured to reflect this philosophy. The preschool kids are pictured here taking a break and enjoying a game of soccer before going back to class!
May 22, 2016
In Uganda, if children arrive to school without food they are sent home. Lack of food is a barrier to education. My preschool program includes a meal for every child attending the program.
March 22, 2016
Community outreach / home visits are an integral aspect of our preschool program. The parents have a crucial responsibility in their children's education because they need to provide reinforcements to what the children learn in class.
March 12, 2016
Preschool programs in rural areas don't exist because of the prohibitive costs. Our preschool program offers free education to children living in impoverish communities. Pictured is Estherloy handing out toys to the preschool children during the orientation day for the ACCESS program. The children enjoyed games, water, and snacks during the presentation. For the first time, a total of 47 families were present to learn about the opportunity to give their children education.