Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving


We are so thankful for our INTERNS! We have been fortunate to have a consistent flow of interns visiting for at least six months at a time, which has been so helpful in getting our work accomplished. The below was written by one of our interns currently living in Uganda.

"Lately I have been working on developing a Basic Sewing Class curriculum. The aim of these lessons is to teach those with no sewing skills (or very little) the basic sewing principles and techniques needed to create simple yet professional looking items. This course will put an emphasis on striving to produce the highest quality product each individual skill set allows as well as prolonging the life of a sewing machine through regular maintenance.

I have also been working with a group of local tailors to develop and produce Africa shaped Christmas stockings. These stockings will be sold in Kampala at an upcoming craft fair in November. It is my hope that these are products that could be made and sold annually as another small avenue of income for these skilled artisans."

Written by Sarah Pietruszka
Fount of Mercy Vocational Development Intern

We are so thankful for our interns and their work. The time and effort they invest is immeasurable... and this month, we simply want to say a great big THANK YOU!

To you and yours - Hope you had a marvelous Thanksgiving!

With thanks, Fount of Mercy

Friday, November 18, 2011

Meet Sarah: Singer, Songwriter, Mom and Philanthropist

For the past nine years Sarah Lentz Dickinson has hosted a Christmas benefit concert with her singer, songwriter, musician friends. In 2006 Fount of Mercy had the privilege of meeting Sarah and attending her annual Chirstmas benefit concert. The following year when Sarah asked Fount of Mercy to not only attend the concert but to be the highlighted nonprofit at the event and to receive the donations we were taken aback and thoroughly honored. This December 3rd marks the fifth year Sarah has supported Fount of Mercy with her time, art and network of amazing artists. If you are in the NYC metro area we invite you to attend what we consider to be the best way to kick off the holiday season.

9th Annual Christmas Benefit Concert for Fount of Mercy
December 3rd
7:30 pm-10:30 pm
Suggested Donation
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
199 Carroll St., Brooklyn, NY 11231
Child Care Provided

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Meet out Intern Katie Korpi

Hello, my name is Katie Korpi and I recently interned for Fount of Mercy with their Vocational Development Program.

I lived and worked in Jinja for close to six months before recently returning to the US. Working with Fount was truly an honor and it allowed me to see very real needs and struggles that Uganda faces daily. The work that FOM is implementing is nothing short of extraordinary and being a part of the process was a fantastic, eye opening, deep breath of fresh air.

Although sometimes challenging, researching different viable options for sanitary pads, as well as helping to develop a business class curriculum, was both strengthening and humbling and I am so thankful I was able to play a small part in Fount's big picture.

Written by Katie Korpi
Vocational Development INTERN for Fount of Mercy