Featured Family Friday: FATUMA & ARAFAT

For this week’s Featured Family Friday we want to share with you the interview from Fatuma, who is the Mom of two sons who attend GLP, Kuzaifa & Sharif. Fatuma and her husband Arafat own a convenience shop in Namasale where they serve their local community by providing affordable grocery items. Fatuma explained to our team during our visit last summer that if they had more opportunities to learn about improving their business, they would be able to expand their shop and save money for their children’s education.

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Featured Family Friday: THE AYENA FAMILY

During our trip to Uganda this year, we decided to visit some of the homes of our students to spend some time with their parents, learning about their daily struggles and the dreams they have for their children. Our goal during these visits was to not only learn more about their family, but to recognize their incredible dedication to their children’s education. Together with our Uganda-based team, we developed an “Outstanding Parent Award” to hand-deliver to our students’ parents as a simple gesture to say “We see you. We hear you. We’re here to shine a light on YOU.”

Over the next few weeks on Friday, we will be sharing a new blog post featuring interviews with some of our Outstanding Families from Namasale.

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Becoming a Voice for Youth in Amolatar (and how you can help, too!)

With 78% of its population under the age of 30, Uganda is home to the world’s youngest population — so why aren’t more organizations looking to children, teens and young adults for inspiration to solve major social issues? It has always been in our DNA to harness the power of young people to change the world. As a team young people ourselves all under the age of 30, we know first hand how important it is for youth to have a voice and a seat at the decision-making table.

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It takes a village...

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

When I was ten years old, I wanted to be a rockstar (didn’t we all?) To be specific, I wanted to be Avril Lavigne. I’m 26 and my brother still makes fun of me for that one…

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5 Tips on How NOT to Be an Idiot Abroad

I was 19 when I visited Uganda for the first time.

Before then, the furthest I'd ever travelled away from home by myself was to attend a conference in San Diego for a few days. I was still a kid (although I was very sure I already knew how the world worked 🙄) and I'd never left American soil before, so you can forgive the laundry list of idiotic things I did and chalk it up to inexperience, right? …Bueller?

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Our BIGGEST CAMPAIGN YET.

The most wonderful time of the year is approaching!!! No, I’m not talking about the wintertime holidays. Actually I’d rather celebrate Halloween twice than Christmas, but I digress…GIVING TUESDAY IS COMING UP, FOLKS! That means all of us at Far Away Friends are hard at work planning the launch of our BIGGEST. CAMPAIGN. YET. Introducing…

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Who Run the World?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my time spent abroad, it’s that being a teenage girl is freaking HARD no matter where you grow up. Granted, I’m guessing the Kardashian's teenage years were likely much different than many of us peasant folk but I’ll still bet that we all struggled

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