2018 STARTS
OFF WITH A BANG!!
 
  • Funding for breakfast every school day for an academic year to needy girls, has been increased this year due to generosity from private funders.
  • Funding for a small additional renovation to the Bukeeri Clinic in Uganda has been disbursed. This will provide upgrade facility to pregnant and birthing mothers. This was a match-grant and in-kind disbursement. Thanks to the Christ Episcopal Church in Cody Wyoming. This is the second grant from the church for the Bukeeri Medical Clinic which has been in a sad state of affairs.
  • Private donors have  continued to fund school children who are now attending secondary school. These children are especially lucky as continuing after primary school is not the norm in Uganda due to costs of education and uniforms.
  • The Bali Free Dental Clinic will be receiving AU500 to continue to upgrade equipment and provide needed dental services to the poor. This is provided by a dentist who donates her  time and works from her home and is a continuing line item for the Foundation.
  • Two treadle sewing machines plus some money for the purchase of practice fabric has been sent for transport to the Narozari Rural School in Uganda. One machine was already been sent to the school last year which provides the means for girls to having sewing classes.
  • A NEW PROJECT - Wings without Limits- check out the page on the website. 
 
    
 
 
 
 
 THANK YOU
TO ALL OUR DONORS & SUPPORTERS - 
WISHES FOR A PEACEFUL  2018   
The Allen Foundation and CBIRD Uganda
Board of Directors
 
 
 
 
The Allen Foundation just sent two boxes of much needed items to the 911 dispatchers in Harvey and Rockport TX. One of our Directors, now in Australia, Janet Franzen is a former 911 dispatcher from California. Dispatchers are the unsung heroes of these events. Thank you from us all at
The Allen Foundation. Board of Directors.
 
 
 
NEWS FROM BALI INDONESIA
Director Dee McBride and her husband recently went to Bali, and delivered AU500 dollars to the free dental clinic.  This is an office in the home of a dentist, wherein she provides free dental care for the poorest of the poor. The Allen Foundation has been assisting by providing grant money for the dentist to buy badly needed equipment, and a small air conditioner for the room in her home where practices her free dentistry. We are so happy to hear from her and to share the photos. Thank you to both our directors and partners  for their caring, logistical help and assistance.
 
 
  email from Australia September 15 2017

 
 
 
  NOW FUNDED!!!! and Completed    September 2017
We know the  boys are elated
with such a great upgrade.
See before photo below.
Thank you Rainbow King for providing a match grant with The Allen Foundation.!
 
 
 
 
 
URGENTLY NEEDED
We have just received news Sept 1 from the Narozari Rural school that they have had to close down the boy's pit latrines due to safety. This means that all students at the school (680 of them) will use the 6 pit latrines The Allen Foundation remade 4 years ago.     We need US$1800.00  to  replace the pit latrine for the boys.  Please make any donation on our How can we help page.
 
The latest new on the funded pit latrines is that work will start in the next weeks in order to have the rebuild completed before the students return to school.     Thank you to RBK for their generous donation. Photos will follow as work progresses.
                                                                
 
 
Dear friends of The Allen Foundation,
We have received a report from our "boots on the ground" amazing project administrator in Uganda, that due to our successful fund raising and the resultant upgrade of the Bukeeri Medical Clinic, that they have had an increased number of pregnant mothers coming to the clinic for care and child birth resources. It is with this in mind that our next project will be  to raise funds to expand the clinic footprint to include a maternity room..  Due to costs this will be a multi year project to raise the needed money, as well as continuing to provide projects which we already have on our programme list.  If you are interested in the maternity project please get in touch with us at theallenfoundation@gmail.com for details.  
Sincerely Bill and Helen Allen -CoFounders.
 
 
 Boxes of sports equipment received  - photos to follow
 
 
Wow!!!  The Allen Foundation has just received a donation of sports equipment valued at AU$25,000  - 28 August 2017
A sports equipment store in Western Australia has just donated sports equipment totaling AU$25,000.  Amazing!  Now our task is to round up the dollars it will cost to ship to Uganda. It is not cheap to do this! so we can do with all the help we can.   We will post more details as we receive the information from the donor.   
Thank you in advance. Below is a photo of some of the many sports items donated. 
 
 
 
 
 
 August 18, 2017
Next time you go to your dentist ask if he has any outdated or unused dental tools that we can send the free dental clinic in  Bali Indonesia.  Our next round of donations to support dentistry care to the very poor, is in December, when one of the Board members will visit. The address for donations of dentistry needs can be requested at theallenfoundation@gmail.com.  We will pay for any postage required.  Hope to hear from people interested. It will just take one question to the dentist.
 
 
 
 
 
 NEWS OF ASSISTANCE TO YOUNG GIRLS
AT NAROZARI RURAL SCHOOL - June 2017
      
We shipped a large box of feminine hygiene products which are to be disbursed free of charge to girls in need. This will assist in the girls being able to attend school instead of having to take time off each month. It is a very personal issue, which many of us wouldn't even think about.  Thanks to our Programme Director Janet Franzen, of Halls Head Western Australia, for being able to negotiate a huge shipment of these items, which were available through the Salvation Army. 
 
Feminine Hygiene items reached Narozari School Uganda.  Who would imagine such joy receiving these items.  Thank you Director Franzen and husband Pete for finding these items, packing and shipping from Western Australia.  Helen Allen - Chair
 
 
 
 
 
  
NEWS FROM UGANDA
OF OUR ASSISTANCE TO
THE BUKEERI MEDICAL CLINIC
 
UPDATE:  A large number of gauze pads has been donated for the Bukeeri Medical Clinic.
 
 
 

Friday January 27 2017

Bukeeri faces drug shortage

By ALI MAMBULE

MASAKA. Bukeeri Health Centre III in Buwunga Sub-county, Masaka District is facing a drug shortage, which local leaders say has paralysed operations at the facility.
Although the facility handles between 80 and 100 patients –both in-patient and out-patient every day, it has not received drugs for nearly three months.
According to Mr Julius Kiweewa, the officer in-charge of the health centre, they last received medicines for treating common diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, and hypertension in November last year.
“The major service we are offering to our patients now is advisory and prescribing medicines, which they must go and buy from private health units around this area,” Mr Kiweewa said yesterday.
Mr Kiweewa said apart from a drug shortage, the facility also lacks electricity.

He said patients are forced to come along with mobile telephones with torches, which are used to provide light to the medical workers on duty at night.

Bukeeri Health Centre serves more than 12 villages with some patients coming from as far as Kisogero and Kyabumba in Buwunga Sub-county to access services.

Mr Deo Settuba, who heads the village health team operating in the area served by Bukeeri Health Centre III, said currently, they do not have even the basic medication such as anti-malarial drugs to give out to children below the age of five.
When contacted, the district health officer, Dr Stuart Musisi, said he was aware of the drug shortage at the health centre and promised that the problem would be addressed.

Meanwhile, A USA-based non-profit The Allen Foundation through Jude Muleke of CBIRD, has donated an assortment of items to support health services delivery at the facility.

They include beds, mattresses, a 10,000- litre water tank, 2 motorcycles, and two solar panels powering five bulbs each, gloves, and many other medical items including beds and mattresses. Buwunga Sub-county chairperson Francis Kimuli applauded the Foundation for the gesture.

Drug shortage

According to a June 2015 report by the Budget and Monitoring and Accountability Unit of Ministry of Finance, more than 90 per cent of public health facilities reported non-supply of ordered medical items, including drugs and stationery in 2014.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 FOLLOW UP REPORT FOR BUKEERI MEDICAL CLINIC
 
Follow the link below to read the report from Uganda relating to the delivery of some of the needed items funded with a grant. The match grant was made possible through the generosity of private donors, the Episcopal Church of Christ in Cody Wyoming and project funds from The Allen Foundation. Additional items and improvements included in the grant are ongoing.
As you read the report you will see how important this project is to the population serviced by Bukeeri.
The Allen Foundation and its Board Members are very happy to have been able to facilitate the update of this run down clinic.
 Helen Allen, Chair and CoFounder
Follow this link to read the report. There will be continuing reports and photos to follow the progress.
 
 
 
 
 
 
FABULOUS NEWS!
We have been blessed with a successful matched grant application; to upgrade the Bukeeri Medical Clinic in Uganda.
In September 2016 we submitted a match grant application to the Christ Episcopal Church Mission in Cody Wyoming. The matching funds came from our funds and two generous private donors. This strengthened our application for the grant.
The project is to refurbish, paint, patch, repair, the clinic building itself; install 2 solar so that they have lights instead of kerosene lanterns or flashlights; and other upgrades to make the clinic somewhere pleasant to seek help. Nurses will be able to provide outreach with their new motorcycles;
 
WE CANNOT THANK OUR DONORS ENOUGH!
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
MORE DONATIONS FOR BREAKFASTS FOR GIRLS
HAVE BEEN RECEIVED - THIS MEANS NEXT SCHOOL YEAR THERE WILL BE SCHOOL MEALS FOR ADDITIONAL CHILDREN AT NAROZARI - THANKS TO PRIVATE DONORS
SOME OF THEM YOUNG AMERICAN CHILDREN WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR POCKET MONEY AS THEY JUST COULD NOT IMAGINE THAT ONE MEAL AT SCHOOL IS WHAT CHILDREN SO FAR AWAY LOOK FORWARD TO. 
BIG LESSONS FOR SOME CHILDREN HERE IN THE US
Thank you Hunter and Cheyenne  it is appreciated more than you can imagine.
 
 
GREAT NEWS!!
THE TEACHER'S HOUSE HAS BEEN TOTALLY FUNDED. Thanks Julie, Gus and Becky!! for helping complete this project.
Now the teachers have a comfy place to stay.
 
 
 
ARTICLE FROM THE POWELL TRIBUNE NEWSPAPER, POWELL WY
 
Thanks to a great reporter- Matt Naber - a wonderful spread was written in the local paper this past week.  Acknowledgement of what our small Foundation does and thanks to those who help is priceless.
 
 
Thanks to the match grantor 2015 for the water project at the school - Christ Episcopal Church Cody WY - Grant Committee. The Narozari Rural School now has two large tanks, repaired guttering and pipes, handwashing stations for the children, and a trough where they can wash their lunch utensils. Additionally a water tank was installed at the local Sunday School which had no water system. 
Helen Allen - Chair
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  UPDATED REPORT FROM UGANDA
April 2016
We have received the following update on progress for the projects in Uganda. Our great wishes to Jude Muleke of CBIRD for being our boots on the ground. The Foundation was fortunate enough to be granted a matched grant from the Episcopal Church Committee of Cody Wyoming, which allowed the complete water catchment project to be established at the Sunday School and at the Narozari Rural School. This along with other private donations is making our projects through the foundation continuing success.
Thank you so very much for all our supporters believing in our Mission. 
Helen Allen, Chair
 
the downloadable report can be viewed through the hotlink below.
 
 
 
 DECEMBER/JANUARY
UPDATE
December's Powell Wyoming Christmas show was a success for the Foundation raising money for the projects at hand.  In January a wire was sent to CBIRD with a list of the Board authorized projects, plus the continuing private donors who are affording some students increased educational opportunities.  In December 2015 the Board of Directors, authorized a Water Catchment Project and a grant was submitted to the Episcopal Church Committee in Cody Wyoming, for a match to enable the project completion funding; funds for the beginning of a small garden at the school; purchase of some animals (piglets) to teach the children agricultural  skills from a private donor; additional funds to increase the number of children being provided a hot breakfast meal each day for the academic year as well as continuing funding for the sewing project.    Helen Allen, Chair
 
 
Photos from September 2015
BOXES OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES, HOTEL SOAPS AND SHAMPOOS, AND A SEWING MACHINE RECEIVED AT  NAROZARI RURAL SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2015.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FUNDRAISER FOR NEEDY UGANDAN SCHOOL CHILDREN
ONE MEAL A DAY FOR AN ACADEMIC YEAR
 HELD AT
BHP MINE SITE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Big Success!!!!
Thanks to volunteers in Western Australia 67 children now know they will have a meal.
 

 
 
 
 
At our May 28th 2015 Board meeting a shipping budget was developed to enable us to ship donated school supplies, sewing notions, eye glasses and cases, sports equipment, childrens' underwear and socks, hygiene items and teacher aids. Funding came from BHP Matched giving and for that we are eternally grateful to the company.  170lb of donated goods are on their way to Uganda for the children, teachers and the women learning to sew.
 
 
 
If you can find it in your heart to help out with the shipping costs, please go to the How can I help tab and make an online donation to suit your budget.  Our Foundation is all volunteer and rely on people with big hearts, wishing to help youngsters in a far off land, have the chance at an education and climb out of poor circumstances. Thank you for reading this wish list from me.   Helen Allen, Chair
 

 
 
MANY THANKS TO  DIRECTOR JANET FRANZEN DIRECTOR DEE McBRIDE,
FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS
AND THEIR EMPLOYER IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA,
BHP BILLITON WORSELEY
 
BHP we are so lucky to have you walking beside us. Thank you
 
WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE AND RECEIVED A CORPORATE MATCH GRANT FROM BHP BILLITON.  
AT THE NOVEMBER  2014 THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AUTHORIZED THE CONSTRUCTION AND PURCHASE OF 17 STOOLS FOR LEARNING SEWERS. 15 TO BE PLACED AT THE CBIRD SITE IN MASAKA, AND 2 WILL BE TAKEN TO THE NAROZARI RURAL SCHOOL IN THE NEW YEAR AS AN EXTENDING PART OF THE CHEREHANI-KYALAANI SEWING PROJECT.  CBIRD RECEIVED A DONATED SEWING MACHINE HEAD AND THE FOUNDATION HAVE PURCHASED A TABLE FOR THE MACHINE HEAD WHICH  ADDS TO THE NUMBER OF MACHINES AVAILABLE. PRESENTLY THERE ARE 15 WOMEN SIGNED UP FOR FREE SEWING CLASSES, WHICH THE FOUNDATION SPONSORS. 
 

 
 
 
   
   
Further news is that  "I have also attached for you photos a school garden which gives hope that the children are going to be able to have porridge for lunch beginning with the next academic term which begins in Mid September. the head teacher made efforts to grow maize on 4 acres , sweet potatoes and cassava. this food will help both the teachers and the children to concentrate at school."  This is an excerpt from an email from the organizer in Uganda with thanks to all who care.
 
 
 
 
 
ASSISTANCE TO A FREE DENTAL CLINIC...
in Indonesia was approved by the Board of Directors May 28th, 2015. The clinic provides free dental for those who cannot afford the necessary care. The clinic is in a room of a private home as the rental for a separate site isn't affordable for the dental provider..
Along with this we have granted financial aid for school supplies, to a Bali school where the predominance of students are males. Our focus is education, healthcare education and opportunities for girls and women to enable them to live better lives  with their families.
         Thank you BHP Matched Giving program.
Donations can be given online on the "How can I help" tab
 
 
            
 NEW DESIGN AFRICAN BASKETS
FOR SALE

BASKETS ARE FOR SALE  8am - 6pm
at
 

       MoJoes Coffee shop
829 3rd Street. West  Hardin
Mon thru Friday  8am - 5pm Saturday 8am - 1pm   
Come and see these beautiful handmade baskets, and help industrious women help themselves and gather funds to educate their girls.

Baskets continue to be for sale and on show in Hardin Montana. Thank you to MoJoe's who have kindly allowed us to have displays there, and to all in Hardin who have our posters in their windows. It is greatly appreciated.