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The Butterfly Project members that join us need a lot of guidance in the early days. In time the Ten Tenets will just be one of many sets of guiding principles that they use to fit individual situations, but thse have been checked to prompt early thinking about the lives of the young people, to inspire them to improve in areas traditionally poor for young African people, due to circumstance and to raise a fw new issues, such as “professionalism”, which needs defining for them and which young people are not expected yet to be.
Our plan is that Butterfly members will have careers as changemakers and these tenets will help them achieve this, by assisting with their decisionmaking, inspiring them to do better and lastly to keep them together as a reliable group that others feel they can depend on.
- Concern for others, not just friends and family
- Equality – beggars to presidents
- Passion to do good
- Responsible for ourselves and our environment
- Productive and Punctual
- Think ahead
- Set high but achievable goals
In time we will ask a few of the Butterfly members to choose one of the tenets and discuss why it is important to them.
For now, this is where we think the Butterflies may fly…
If you would like to help them achieve their chosen changemaker careers, then click through to the Chrysalis Campus Appeal
This year is a special year for the Butterfly Project. We’ve proved our point. Young people living in slums and remote rural areas can learn very quickly to be social entrepreneurs. Every member of our project has now delivered a social project, some have delivered several.
Here’s some of the highlights of 2012:
Francis Ssuuna raises £1000 through his Slum Run campaign, providing support into school for 17 children, a 300,000sh (£80) Emergency Fund for children living in slums and £250 towards our Chrysalis Campus.
Eunice Namugerwa has her project featured on the front cover of “Update” a magazine for voluntary action in the UK. This is Eunice’s third concurrent project that she has been working on, including a choir for girls, an art project for and now a dance project for small children.
Mercy Moro was nominated last week to be the Face for Youth against HIV/AIDS by New Vision media Group. Mercy has been running a project for girls in the Acholi Quarter slum, raising their awareness of STDs and HIV/AIDS.
Last night Byamugisha Gilbert was featured on the programme “This is Kampala”, for his work in supporting children in Kampala slum areas. Gilbert teaches children how to paint, but he has been running fashion shows for girls and also has taken his traditional and contemporary dance groups to the National Theatre.
There are many more stories – just explore this blog - and currently there are twenty young people on the Butterfly Project, each with a story to tell about their project.
But in 2013 our project must find a new place to be based, as our current place is being taken back by its owner. We’ve been supported by Birmingham architects APEC, who have designed us a self-sustaining campus, which requires no electricity and no water, other than that provided by rain and sun. We believe this campus can be situated anywhere in Africa, but this first one will be located in Kampala.
We want people to be very excited about our project and what impact it can have on the world, as we support the development of more and more young social entrepreneurs, so we’ve devised a range of rewards for supporting us, which you will be able to use and remember for years to come.
Sorry that this is a teaser, but we want to encourage you to go to our Indiegogo campaign, where all the rewards are detailed. However, as a taster, you could have a talented artist in Kampala draw your Facebook portrait and then mail it to you, as a thank you for supporting us.
Lastly, if you’ve never supported anything before, then the Butterfly Project is a great place to start. You don’t pay for huge charity salaries, your money multiplies itself many times over, as by supporting these young people in their community work, then you are helping thousands impacted by what they do. Supporting our Campus is ten times cheaper than buying an equivalent building in the UK or USA. Maintaining it thereafter is 20 times cheaper, as people are demanding much lower salaries and we work with many volunteers.
You believe that Africa should help itself? Well this is the sure way to kickstart this approach – training corruption-free youth, with energy, creativity and problem-solving ability will create a new environment in Africa, where talent can flourish and capability recognised. Then they won’t need us any more, as Uganda will be a new country of opportunity, a product of its own excitement for life, not some agenda of a foreign power. However, if no one supports this first process of giving opportunity to the young people that want to make a difference, then this self sustainability will take a long time in coming and aid will continue for many decades to come!
This is your chance to be a Pioneer and join the worldwide supporters of the Butterfly Project – training young social entrepreneurs – so please click through to our campaign to find out more!
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My name is Atube Joel and I am 15 and from Namokora in Northern Uganda. The project I am working on is called ART FOR CHILDREN and I have started it to help children understand their rights through painting.
My project started in 2011 in April. The project deals with the drawing and the painting of the pictures on how the children are really mistreated by their parents and the communities they live in. According to me as a young social entrepreneur, it really feels very bad to see my fellows are mistreated. That made me to start the project mentioned above.
In a brief description, the children’s right refers to the right of the child to have the special needs that they desire from their parents and the communities they live in.
In this project, we paint in a way that can sensitize the community about the proper caring of the children. The local councilor of the community should be responsible for taking action on those groups of people who abuse children in the communities they live.
These acts always make the children uncomfortable in the communities and are types of children’s right that I see ignored often in my village:
- RIGHT TO EAT. As a child, he/she have the right to eat in order for them to grow well and healthy. This also gives a child an opportunity to do work, play among others because It has given energy. Proper foods with good diet help the child’s body to fight certain diseases because it provide them with the body immunity.
- RIGHT FOR EDUCATION. A child have right to be educated. Their parents have to take them to school so that they get knowledge to make them literate and this make them good future generation for example, they may be doctor, pilot or even president which may lead them to better life in future.
- RIGHT TO INTERACT WITH OTHERS OR PLAY. Children have right to interact with others to make friends and get physical exercise to make their body fit and healthy. These make them to learn more from their friends and be social in the community.
- RIGHT FOR MEDICAL CARE. Children have right for good medical care from their parents if they are sick. They are suppose to be taken to hospital by their parents to make them recover from the disease attacking them and this make them feel the love of the family on them.
- RIGHT FOR GOOD CLOTHING. Children have a right to have good clothing. These should be provided by the parents of the children. This makes the children very happy with their parents and stays comfortable in the community with their fellow friends
- RIGHT TO STAY CLOSE TO THEIR PARENTS. Children have the right to stay close to their parent to make them enjoy lives together, know where their family started from, and know their homeland as their parents could tell them.
Here is a video of my work:
When we paint, we usually paint about subjects that concern us, such as child abuse and so I am giving some examples here of some of the types of paintings we have done:
1. CHILD NEGLECT
This is the situation where by some parents or the guardians of some child neglect or refuse their children for several reasons and among others include the following
- If the child that has lost his/her parents is HIV positive, the guardians may refuse to take care of the child.
- If the child keep on doing wrong things that are always costly to the parents some of the parents may refuse to regard them as their child to reduce the rate of the waste of the money.
Child neglect may lead to the rise of the street children, which normally cost a lot to the government.
2. CHILD LABOUR.
This form of child abuse is majorly carried out in the rural areas. Children are made to carry heavy loads for example in Uganda you can find a 5 year old child being forced to carry 10 litter jerry can of water which may lead to internal injury like the cracking of the back bone.
3. CHILD SACRIFICE
This is the act of giving the child to evils in order to find something like richness. Some of the children are taken to the witch doctors who may kill them or pick away some parts of the body
Child neglect also lead to the death of some children because of the attack by the disease and have no one to take care and give them medical care. Some can even decide to commit so aide due to hard life they are facing.
4. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AND BATTERING
This involves the serious beating of the child by the parents in case of any small thing he have done wrong e.g. like if the child refuse to do certain work the parents ordered for. Some of them are also refused food from home by the parents. So, this makes me to come out with the idea that parents should always learn to analyze the situation where by their children are going to find why they always do wrong and try to solve the situation or problem but not just by beating every time they do wrong.
WE HAVE MANY MORE PAINTINGS ON A RANGE OF SUBJECTS AND WE WILL TRY TO POST THEM SOON.
ADVICE TO THE PARENTS.
Parent should always give necessary supports to their children in order to make them enjoy their rights, good living in the family and then make them to be the good future generation
Let them have chance to educate, play with others, enjoy time with family members etc.
ADVICE TO THE CHILDREN.
Children should always show much more respect to their parents, follow their instructions and do what they tell them to do.
THE PROBLEM FACING MY PROJECT.
Problem of requirements for running the project like paints, brushes, painting papers, sketching pencils, and some washing soaps to give the members since painting dirty them a lot.
Communication to transfer the messages from the project to improve on the children’s right.
Please support my project so that we fight against child abuse together.
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My name is Obuk Charles. I am a member of Butterfly project but from Northern part of Uganda so by me coming from Northern, I am among Butterfly North. I am one of the member who comes from the disadvantaged rural areas of Northern Uganda. I joined this project last year in February after passing the interview and the project brought me to Kampala as a project member.
I have started my project which is known as the Butterfly Drama project and the first subject that I wrote a play about it was Street Kids. There are no street kids in the villages I comes from, but on visiting Kampala I saw many children sleeping on the pavements and felt that I wanted to do something about it. I used what I knew about – drama – to develop a play, which we performed on our stage and I even was able to make use of the masks we made to portray the adults that take advantage of the children or cause them to run away from home.
This project was successful though we had some obstacles. I faced the problem of recruiting members for this project since they could not easily accept because of English speaking but I managed to recruit them. Another problem was instruments. Drama needs some instruments like Drums, Wears and many others but since I had no one to sponsor this Drama project, it has been very difficult for me. Lack some of rewards to give to the members who had devoted themselves to participate in this Drama project, you know this kids likes rewards after some thing being done like soap, and some refreshments like food and drinks. Since we did not have all those, they could not come in huge number that I needed.
And this time as I toured around, I found out that misuse or mistreatment of children’s rights is the most common acts being practiced in almost every part of Uganda and this made me to write another two plays of which one is about Children’s rights and the other one is about Child sacrifice. The videos for these will be posted in another blog.
CHILDREN’S RIGHTS DRAMA PLAY
Children possess a number of rights that they are suppose to be given the freedom to enjoy their rights. But the case children in Uganda are being denied from rights especially in rural areas. Such rights that the Children possess but they are being denied from are;-
- Right for medical care.
Children needs right for good medical care when they felt sick. They are suppose to be taken to hospital and get treatments but you find some that some parents fails to take their children to hospital and they wait for sickness to become worse ant they start rushing to hospital which is too late. This case is common with Guidance who are taking care of their relative’s children.
2. Right to interact with others.
Young children deserves to have right to play with their friends so that they learn more things as they discuss and become social to people so that they do not have the heart of selfishness. In rural areas in Uganda, this is not the case. Some parents keep their children indoor and give them harsh punishments for going to the friends which sound so awkward but what I do to at least stop this act is by writing a play that we act to show parents that what they are wrong and so they can learn from this play and change and start doing right things.
These are the children enjoying football play with their friends but the below are the children being kept indoors and denied not to interact with others.
This girl is locked up in the gate and she is lonely.
3. Right for education – I have written a play and produced a video about this and this will be posted soon.
4. Right to eat. In villages children are told to eat what they are given, even if it is mouldy or full of maggots. If they don’t eat, then they are starved.
All the above rights are supposed to enjoyed by them but you find that parents and leaders are mistreating such rights.
When I was investigating for more clarification on this issue, I found out that many children are not going to schools which is not case but it was happening before and that is why I came up with my Blog with the title ‘Hearing the Voices of Rural Children in Africa’ because they are not enjoying their rights any more. They are mistreated in many ways which among them includes;-
Denial for education, Child hard labor, Forceful sex which leads to early pregnancy. To highlights more on the early pregnancy, in villages, parents force their children especially girls to get married early so that they can get some money which can help them leading to act of abortion and death some time.
So I wrote this play so that as we act, people can at least watch and pick some informations and realize that what they were doing were wrong and change their life style by looking at their children’s rights as an important thing and start caring for their children and also this play inform the local leaders that it is good for them to start decampaigning. on mistreatment of children’s rights as we indicated it in the play that I wrote.
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Yesterday, 12th August, the day that Stephen Kiprotich won Uganda’s first athletics medal for 40 years and the first medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games, our runners set off on their Slum Run. Here are a few compiled clips of action that took place yesterday.
Slum Run 2012 Compilation video
For the 2013 Slum Run, we are looking for partners who work with young athletes in slum areas around the world, so we can work together to raise the awareness of the conditions in which children and young people are growing up, but also the talent in sports, art, music and drama that abounds in these areas amongst young people, yet mostly remains untapped.
You can still donate to the kids who took part in the Slum Run 2012. They are part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games, as the run came about because Francis Ssuuna, its founder, decided to develop a “Slum Olympics” in Kampala.
You can support Francis and the kids of the Acholi Quarter by donating to our new Campus and earning rewards at our new Indiegogo campaign.
More photos to follow…
The Slum Run event is almost here and the support we have received so far has been really very encouraging – many thanks to those who have supported so far and we are already planning our next Slum Run event.
Each runner in the Slum Run will be sponsored an amount to cover or contribute to their fees. Each go to different schools and are at different stages to their education, so we are working to support them at 60,000sh each for this. Each will also receive a Slum Run T-shirt, a nutritious pasta pre-meal, drinks during the Run and fruit after the run, to rehydrate. This will total around £22 per participant. For 17 runners our primary target is therefore to reach £374.
Donate here to help us reach our target.
If we can pass this target, then the remainder of this holiday we will deliver new activities for the Slum children, through our Butterfly members, who are also taking part in the run:
Francis Ssuuna (17) has been the architect of the Slum Olympics and is responsible for the Slum Run idea. It is his athletics club that has provided the runners for the Slum Run 2012 and Francis will also be running the 10,000m himself, so we are supporting him too. Francis is still at school and because of a background of living in poverty, he has missed several years of schooling. Francis will be working with Nancy Lakot to bring in girls into the Project Circulate during the remainder of this holiday period, as well as completing the Slum Olympics Programme.
Nancy Lakot (15) is also running and, at the moment, is the only girl with the confidence to run in the Club. Nancy has a lot of experience with developing confidence amongst Acholi girls and so she will be recruiting new athletics members into the running club. Additionally, Nancy will work with the girls living in the slum, giving confidence-building activities, such as dance and music. She has devised a programme with Francis for slum-based girls and we want the Slum Run to support these activities, if we can reach the primary target.
Joel Atube (14) is running and is a young artist, who has developed a project to raise the awareness of children’s rights amongst children, by giving them the opportunity to paint the issues and fears which they feel strongly about. Previous art has included “overbeating of children”, “alcholism of parents” and even the fear of “abduction and sacrifice”. The Slum Run will support Joel in providing these art activities during this holiday period. The idea is that it is fun, but also that it empowers children, who live in an area, where their rights are often abused.
Charles Obuk (14) is working on drama as a means to communicate the dangers of society for children. Charles is also running the 10,000m, but his main focus has been in developing strategies to become a useful social entrepreneur. If we can support him through the Slum Run, Charles will be writing a plays on such subjects as “Running away from Home” and he will discuss with his group of young actors in the slum area about what the main things are that concern them and then produce a film of the play.
Peter Akena (13) is an excellent runner and footballer, but his project is focused around producing news and putting it into a newspaper. If we can support him through the Slum Run, we will produce a new issue of Acholi Quarter News, a newspaper which broadcasts the thoughts and concerns of children living in the slum district. You can see his previous issues at Acholi Quarter News.
Each young Butterfly member costs £10 per week to support at the Chrysalis Centre. After that, we have just their material costs, for instance art materials. Supporting them costs approximately £200 for the work they do in the community, which empowers them to be leaders, but also provides activities for many local children in the community.
Our second target is thus £574 for the run. If we achieve this, then we will put 50% of the remaining money into the Chrysalis Campus Fund, which is a new building to support children living in slums in Kampala, but also a training centre for children all over Uganda. The other 50% will go into an Emergency Fund for slum-based children.
Donate here to support the Slum Run
If you would prefer not to use Paypal, then you can also send a cheque (in sterling) made payable to Social Enterprise Africa CIC, 31 Prince of Wales Lane, Birmingham, B14 4LB
In the Butterfly Project, money donated works very hard. All monies go to Uganda, directly to the young people.
This group of runners have earned their qualification in the Slum Run through devotion to the Chrysalis Centre, either as a youth leader (Samuel Lubangakene) or regular member, Eric and Ojepan. All are good athletes and run regularly in Project Circulate, the athletics club run by Francis Ssuuna (17), who has been organising the Slum Run 2012.
To sponsor any of these athletes, click here - all money will go to the education and development of the kids in the slum run.
Here are the details of the latest qualifiers:
- Class: Year 7
- Olympics: Organiser
- Best event: Middle distance
- Best time 800m: 2m30
Samuel has been a member of the Butterfly Project since 2009 and has proved himself to be a capable young social entrepreneur, through his “Posho and Beans” campaign for children living in the Acholi Quarter. Samuel is a brilliant artist and has been using beans and posho (ground maize) to create pictures, which stimulate people to think about bringing more varied and nutritious food for children.
Like most Butterfly members, Samuel is among the most disadvantaged members of society and he lives in the Acholi Quarter, like all of the runners in athletics project. Samuel has also been assisting Francis with his project, recruiting members and also making the squash every day the kids run. Samuel’s younger brother, Joseph, has recently been sent back to his village due to inability to pay fees and next year, as Samuel moves into Senior, he has been told he will have to go to the village next year without a sponsor. We can help him continue his education, by supporting his fees through the Slum Run 2012.
- Class: Year 5
- Olympics: Team Brazil
- Best event: Sprints
- Best time 800m: 2m40
Ojepan (or Derrick) is another phenomenal artist, who we are fortunate to have as a member of the Chrysalis Centre. Until last year, Ojepan had been schooling in a remote village in Northern Uganda until his father, who has been training our young artists, saw his work with local clay in the village and realised his son was amazingly talented and brought him to Kampala.
Ojepan never learnt English in the village, but has started to pick it up, now he is schooling in Kampala, but his father, John, himself an amazing artist, struggles to find art illustration work in Kampala, which he uses to support his family. By supporting Ojepan, we can keep him improving his English, but also help his father develop his art business. If you need illustrations for books, then we can put you in touch.
Ojepan is also a great athlete and can really push himself to succeed, perhaps more than any others in the group. He has earned his position in the Slum Run, through innate talent and determination and he could go far in whatever event he decides to pursue.
- Class: Year 4
- Olympics: Team GB
- Best event: Long distance
- Best time 800m: 3m30
Eric is the youngest of the Slum Run group, yet he has come been part of the Athletics Club since the very first session back in 2010, as an even smaller boy. Eric doesn’t speak much English, but he hardly ever misses running sessions and is steadily improving his abilities. He has real endurance and therefore we have confidence in his abilities to run the distance.
He and his brother work consistently in the quarry, because of financial problems in the family, but they are always thoughtful and kind.
Every member of the Slum Run 2012 in Uganda is a tested young athlete, that we have been working with for at least a year, so we can be sure that they have the capability to run 10,000m. Also, every youngster needs our support, either for his schooling or for his school needs. If you are a Ugandan, then you can support any of the kids by emailing us at this email address with your telephone number and the young person that you would like to sponsor – we will contact you with a means to sponsor. If you have a Paypal account, then you can click on this link:
You can use this button for any of the runners below – just remember to state which runner you would prefer to support. Note, if one is oversubscribed, the money will be split evenly across all runners. You can support via cheque by making it out to Social Enterprise Africa CIC and sending to 31 Prince of Wales Lane, Birmingham, B14 4LB
Name: Ola Peter Age: 13
- Class: Year 4
- Olympics: Captain Team USA
- Best event: Long distance
- Best time 800m: 2.00 minutes
Peter is an astonishing runner, with amazing endurance, but also a very kind boy, who is quiet but popular. He doesn’t do well at school, because of difficulties with paying school fees and requirements, but he is bright, with a lot of potential. Peter and his brother work often in the stone quarry, breaking stones to earn money, which can be less than $1 for 12 hours work.Peter has been with Project Circulate Athletics Club since the beginning in 2010 and he has won many medals and certificates for his running ability.
Name: Alfred Age:15
- Class: Year 7
- Olympics: Team Uganda
- Best event: Long distance
- Best time 800m: 2m20
Alfred is the Athletics team captain, because he is respected by the other members of the Project Circulate Athletics Club. Alfred is keen on computing and has his own Facebook account and has always supported the Project Circulate since it started in 2010. Alfred is shy but intelligent and he has never had to repeat any years at school. His schooling is still behind, though and his family will find it hard to raise the money for his senior school education next year. Alfred is very sensible, though he used to collect scrap with his brother, just to find money to eat and buy clothes for school. He is a very good runner and leads the athletics team very well. He speaks good English.
Class: Year 7
Olympics: Captain – Team Uganda
Best event: Middle Distance
- Best time 800m: 2m00
Samuel is a very clever boy, though like Alfred he has left school until late and thus is older than some of his peers. More than most children in the Acholi Quarter, Samuel knows the difference between right and wrong and is a credit to his parents, who struggle to support his education. For many years Samuel has been involved in the stone quarry, like Peter, as his family owned a plot there, but recently he decided he should no longer be there and he has become part of our “Chicken for Change” project, which has been designed to encourage stone quarry children to earn money from different sources – in this case poultry. Samuel speaks excellent english and is becoming familiar with computing at the Chrysalis Centre. He is an ethical boy with very strong capabilities in a whole variety of areas. He is a formidable runner and recently gave Peter a close run, in the warm-up to the Slum Run 2012.
Class: Year 7
Olympics: Captain – Team Brazil
Best event: Middle Distance
- Best time 800m: 2m40
Isma is very successful at school and is very near the top of the class in Year 7. He is very quick on the uptake and can learn things very quickly. He lacks a bit of confidence sometimes, though and is good friends with Alfred and Samuel. Isma was the one who saved the Chrysalis Centre cat, Colin, as a blind kitten, who is now thriving, eating fish every day! Isma is not such an exceptional runner, but he is a problem-solver and can always be relied upon to be ready on time and well-prepared.
- Class: Year 2
- Olympics: Captain – Team GB
- Best event: Middle Distance
- Best time 800m: 2m20
Gerrard is a fantastic runner for his age and has won medals at international runs, winning prizes and certificates. However, he is really very disadvantaged, living with his grandmother amongst many children of all different ages. Gerrard speaks barely any English, but he has proved that he can learn very quickly and is a very good reader, despite being only in Year 2 of school. His family cannot support his education at all and Gerrard is not used to going to school. As he gets older, the problem becomes worse, as he also becomes the oldest in the class. Gerrard is also very musically gifted and certainly has other talents which remain undiscovered, due to his lack of education. Gerrard also struggles for food often and we need a proper sponsor for him ongoing, that can support him to achieve his potential, but for now, Gerrard would be satisfied with a sponsor to get him into school next term.
Simon Peter – Age 14
- Class: Year 6
- Olympics: Captain – Team Uganda
- Best event: Long Distance
- Best time 800m: 2m50
Simon Peter is Samuel’s brother. They look very alike, but they are quite different. They are both very kind and ethical young people, but Simon Peter’s skills lie in the arts more than sports. He has run 5,000m before and will do well in the Slum Run 2012, but he can paint and he is a very creative and capable dancer, that shone when Butterfly member Gilbert was running the Butterfly Music Club in Kireka. Simon Peter strives to be a good person and always behaves impeccably, is reliable and popular. He attends the worst school in the area because of problems with school fees and I hope we can find him a sponsor, so he can attend a better school and achieve good results.
There will be more runners detailed in part two of this post.
Remember, all money raised goes directly to the student, so that it can be used for their education. We choose only those children that can be trusted to use the money correctly to participate in the Run.
The members of the Butterfly Project in Uganda has been a friend of the staff at Galerie Akku in the Netherlands since 2010, when our project with Kushinda which we called “Imagine us Here” was exhibiting art painted by children living in the slum areas appeared at the National Cultural Centre in Kampala, as part of the Bayimba Arts Festival. Some of these piece of art were exhibited too in the children’s art section of Galerie Akku.
Later in 2010-2011, we developed an original project for young children in the Netherlands, to help them understand a little about the lives and families of children in the slums of Uganda. The project was called Pencil Pals and involved us swapping images painted by both sets of children. Each set of children painted or drew pictures of themselves and their families and named them. The Dutch children were surprised by how many were in the family and also, perhaps, how well the slum children could paint.
This year, Cara Boerwinkel from the Galerie Akku arranged for one of the exhibitions – Lentekriebels (Spring Fever) at the gallery to be used as a means of raising money for the Butterfly Project and just recently, one of their staff team, Jetje Noten, took part in the Vierdaagse in Nijmegen - the Walk of the World – which is a 100km walk, which takes place over four days. – Thank you so much, Jetje, for walking on behalf of us and the kids of the Acholi Quarter!
To keep in touch with the work at the Chrysalis Centre click here.
You might want to check out our new fundraising campaign here and help us build a new Campus.