Recent News

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.

 
 

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

 
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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

 
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New members

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!

 
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Leadership Luncheon

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.

 

Fundraiser Video

May 31, 2019

Check out our video!! These are the preschool families that will directly benefit from our upcoming fundraiser

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ae6cn70Y18AUQNImQw-Nzr0sRj9txrQy/view

 

Instagram post

May 21, 2019

Follow us for weekly updates on our new Instagram account @gracespromise

 
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Sponsors

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.

 
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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.

 

Earth day

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. 

 

Fundraiser Flyer

March 26, 2019

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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. 

 
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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.

 
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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. 

 
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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.

 
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Working Together

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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 

Home Visits

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.

 
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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.

 
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Insuring Sustainability

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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

https://www.facebook.com/GracesPromiseInc/videos/2206263369615488/

 

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/

 
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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.

 

Graduation Day

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.

 
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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.

 

Non-Profit Logo

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!

 
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It's Official!

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.

 

Science Experiment!

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.

 

Gunnery Fundraiser

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!

 
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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!

 

Picture Day!

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.

 


Fostering Creativity

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!

 
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Snack Time

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.

 

Home Visits

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.

 
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Orientation Day

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.