Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blog Hop: Charity Hopping Around the World

I'm super honored to be a part of the
 Charity Hopping Around the World Blog Hop
hosted by the really cool blogs

Today I would like to share with you an amazing organization,  The Uganda Village Project.

Since 2003, The Uganda Village Project (UVP) has been working with the people of Iganga to promote public health and sustainable development in the rural communities of this marginalized district in southeast Uganda. This organization represents a network of partnerships bridging disciplines and sectors working to innovate and support locally specific solutions that draw together multiple stakeholders for results-based programming. As an international nonprofit organization, they work directly with community based organizations (CBOs) and local government to utilize local knowledge and maximize community ownership.

These are the focuses this organization:

This initiative unifies UVP’s various health projects and advocacy work to provide rural health care and promote public health on a village level. Through community organizing and mobilization, this approach will target the primary health risks of the region by providing education, training and appropriate interventions to Health Center workers, local community leaders, and the general population.

UVP’s approach to safe water sources maximizes community ownership and minimizes the need for external funding. It has been highly successful and so we are scaling-up to help meet the pressing needs for water in the Iganga District.

Orphans are the most marginalized segment in terms of access to education. For this reason, UVP began the Orphan Scholarship Fund in 2004. Since that time, more than 130 students have been been able to realize their dreams of secondary education.
My family and I were lucky enough to partner with the Uganda Village Project to build a well in the village of Bhudabero back in 2008.  It was an incredible and humbling experience to know our financial support gave clean water (which I totally take for granted) to people who didn't have access to simple, clean water.  Above & to the left, find some of the photos we were sent from the build.

So onto the giveaway...
On the theme of the importance of water, I would like to offer an e-book copy of Tidal Whispers.  This enticing collection of four fantasy/paranormal romance short stories won't be out until June 4th, but if you win, I will pre-order your copy to arrive in you inbox first thing June 4th.

Here's the book blurb:

Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece
After a terrible accident, Tessa returns to her family beach house to heal. She doesn’t expect to see her first summer crush from seven years before. Cameron, though, reappears and ignites a relationship that’s far more intense than ever before. The only problem? Summer is once again coming to an end, and this time, Tessa will have to decide whether to choose life with Cameron or to never see him again.

The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian
Under Poseidon's rule, Circe is the most destructive siren in the Pacific ocean, her songs luring ships and their crew to their watery graves. Not Otis, the best halibut fisherman in the Alaskan waters. His ship, the Calypso, has avoided disaster each time Circe set her sights on him.

Given one last chance to deliver Otis to Davy Jones’ locker, Circe takes to land to waylay the handsome captain. Instead, it may be Otis himself who hooks the Siren.

Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said
Should Miki choose to wed the local wealthy boy she doesn't love, her stomach will stop grumbling. Her soul, however, will suffocate. With one last opportunity before she must concede, she sneaks off for a final dive to her hidden crate at the bottom of the seabed. What waits for her is more than a captured lobster. It's a treasure she cannot claim without great sacrifice or true love.

The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams
Nixie, a water sprite, lives a solitary existence as she struggles to understand the strange world beyond her waters. When she meets one of the pink ones, a curious boy named Wyatt, their friendship blooms into a love that can exist only upon the sands that divide his solid ground from her underwater paradise. Some love, though, once born, cannot be undone, even in the face of death.

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