Youth Vocation Center
Currently, On Uganda is developing the Youth Vocation Training Center in the slum area of Masese, Uganda. The main goal is to bring training for the men and women of the village so they can produce income for their families, and in so doing be able to pay school tuition, and provide clothes, food, and medicine for their families. In addition, On Uganda seeks to facilitate the development of life among youth, create income generating activities, teach job skills and conduct community outreach programs. Current programs being developed include a computer lab, tailoring, wood working, brick making, and manufacturing of greeting cards using banana leaves.
Watch video of first computer lab added to the Youth Vocation Center:
Banana Leave Greeting Card Project
Using banana leave fibers, greeting cards are hand-made by youth living in Masese Uganda. 100% of the profits from card sales in the United States support their Vocational Training Center. CulturePrep’s On Uganda Team works in partnership with card-making project to provide jobs, education, and build cooperative cross-cultural relationships.
Watch video of Ugandan Youth Making Banana Leave Greeting Cards
Watch NBC Denver Channel 9 video featuring Banana Leave Greeting Cards made in Uganda:
CultureCakes are a nutritionally rich pancake designed to build stronger bodies and communities. Through the power of the meal, CulturePrep’s On Uganda team serves CultureCakes to diverse groups in Uganda and the United States as a means to feed hungry people and strengthen cross cultural relationships.
Watch “What is a CultureCake?” video
Trauma Relief Counseling
On Uganda has a veteran clinician who specializes in trauma relief therapy for refugees and other victims in Uganda. For a closer look go to www.SupportTRI.com
There are an estimated 1.6 million refugees in Uganda
Shine-n-Dine & Wine
DIRTY SHOES HELP FEED THE HUNGRY
Meals in a Rush, CulturePrep & Kevin Taylor Restaurants Introduce Shine-n-Dine & Wine
When Channel 9′s Emmy Award Winning TV Host Tawnya Rush with Meals in a Rush met CulturePrep’s Peter Vogel through Denver’s local daytime show Colorado & Company she was quickly interested in learning more about the work he has been conducting for 11 years in Uganda East Africa. A big part of his mission is feeding hundreds of hungry children in a large slum area just outside Jinja, Uganda’s second largest city. Tawnya quickly realized she must help. So much so, that Ms. Rush recently traveled to Uganda to see for herself the strong need to feed.
Together, Peter and Tawnya formed Shine-n-Dine & Wine with the help of Tim Taylor, General Manager of Kevin Taylor Restaurants. It’s a partnership that combines old-fashioned shoe-shining while enjoying a delicious dish from Kevin Taylor Restaurants and a glass of wine. This meal deal combo is offered to theater patrons for any donation – with 100% of proceeds used to feed the children in Uganda and feed people locally in Denver. Tawnya comments saying, “After my trip to Africa, I realized how fortunate we are to eat whenever we want. These children go hungry until they get their (1) meal at lunch at school. That’s it and they’re so grateful! I also realize through my cooking segment Meals in a Rush that I must too continue feeding those who are hungry in Denver. Food is the center of everyone’s life.”
Shine-n-Dine & Wine has already been a big hit with Central City Opera House, Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, and the Colorado Ballet at Denver Center for Performing Arts. CulturePreps’s Vogel says, “It’s simple. You come out to enjoy a show, leave your dress shoes with our shoe-shining crew (we provide the booties to wear) eat, drink, and be merry!”
Watch CulturePrep’s Advisory Board Member and Internationally acclaimed Opera Singer Kirstin Chavez’s interview about the Shine-n-Dine & Wine fundraising event.