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Hope Institute of Uganda & Jinja Fair Trade Gift Shop
Our Mission is to alleviate poverty by connecting artisans from developing countries (Uganda and Kenya) with consumers in North America.
How We Do It
We are a Non-profit fair trade shop dedicated to helping families in Uganda develop a sustainable living by selling their unique and extraordinary works of art. Locally, we provide volunteer opportunities, cross-cultural education to area schools, and the public about Africa. When you make a purchase, you know you’re making a local impact with a global reach.
All items are produced with a consciousness towards the environment. We, together, help create an income and a better lifestyle for the artisans, their families and their communities in Uganda. The artisans make items using locally sourced materials, and mainly recycled items.
The proceeds from the sale of items support orphaned children in Uganda by providing scholarships for school fees and tuition.
fair trade n \ˈfer-ˈtrād\: A movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable production.
We give members an opportunity to lift their families out of poverty by honoring the Principles of Fair Trade:
- Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
- Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships
- Build Capacity
- Promote Fair Trade
- Pay Promptly and Fairly
- Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions
- Ensure the Rights of Children
- Respect the Environment
- Respect Cultural Identity
- Commit to non-discrimination, gender-equity and freedom of association
Since this time the program has blossomed and now provide 25 Ugandan artisans gainful employment. These artisans work in a variety of recycled or sustainably sourced mediums that include; paper, wood, seeds, fabric, glass, wire scraps and bull horn.
In the past three years, 271 surgery patients have received life saving care from the medical missions teams. Dr. Ngobi and her crew are gearing up for their medical mission to Uganda, scheduled to come soon, depending on airfare costs. Cooperation with Rock County healthcare providers is the crew’s key to mission success.
School and Scholarships
Hope Institute of Uganda provides educational subsidies and scholarships for children in Uganda, whose families are unable to pay the cost themselves. The program continues to recruit students as funding allows. These subsidies and scholarships are available for primary / secondary school education, for some vocational training in special cases. Average cost for K – Primary 7 educations is $650.00 for senior 1 – 6 it is $750.00 per year.
Jinja Fair Trade Gift Shop
We are a Non-Profit Fair Trade Gift Shop dedicated to helping families in Uganda develop a sustainable living by selling their unique and extraordinary works of art.
“Things like education, job training, vocational training. These are the pillars of hope, and hope is desperately needed in Uganda.”
Dr. Joy Ngobi