Wednesday, November 23, 2016

One Good Turn-y

One Good Turn-y
Turn the Page Uganda has now helped 77 schools in the north of Uganda to receive textbooks and that is all because YOU cared to help our cause! Thank you for your past support. We couldn't continue to reach the many poor schools without your participation. And there are so many schools... waiting for help. Please consider continuing your support- by a direct donation, or shopping at, or participating in our brand new volleyball tournament, sign up here:

January 21, 2017 at East Beach!

"In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."                          Dietrich Bonhoeffer

As the end of 2016 draws to a close, we look back with thankful hearts, and consider the blessings we have been given- homes to keep us warm and dry, clean water and healthy food in abundance, clothing for protection from the sun and to keep us warm on cool evenings, medical care when we need it, easy transportationand the benefits of living in a place where education is available to all.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

     Vicky spent a month visiting schools all across Northern Uganda and riding along hot dusty roads to see how schools were utilizing the textbooks they had received from Turn the Page Uganda. A thousand or more miles, and many more handshakes later, she has returned to the U.S. and is eager to find more donations to help the schools yet to receive assistance. Now that there has been peace in the land, families are more able to make a meager living farming, selling crops in the marketplace, and even some small businesses have popped up. It is still startling to see the shear number of children in Uganda... some 20,000,000 children under age 18 with a fourth of them working daily.  Life expectancy is now around 58 years old compared to 47 in 1990. Although a Primary education is the goal for the entire country, some 20% of the children in the rural areas do not even attend school, and of the 80% that do go to school, some will drop out before 7th grade. Having money for school fees such as a uniform, or notebooks or pencils is out of reach for many families. Early marriages contribute to students dropping out (yes- 7th graders getting married). Health challenges are a constant threat: Malaria, HIV, AIDS, Cholera, and malnutrition.
    Education is the key to combating all of these issues. Foundational to education is a set of textbooks for teachers and students. We need your help to assist these students and teachers in need. A simple donation will affect an entire community. Thank you for your support!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

                                                        HAND MADE GRAVEL

Happy Mother's Day... to all the hard working Moms out there- the ones who faithfully cook, clean, and support their families so that their children can have a good future. As children, we often take our mothers for granted. After all, they are always there to help us and take care of us. It is rare in America, to see women having to resort to the kind of work you see in this photo, though. These Ugandan women will spend all day in the hot sun, breaking apart rocks to make gravel for about 3 dollars a day. The road crews come and use the gravel on new roads (something I never gave a thought to before actually seeing this with my own eyes). Hand made gravel.
                                                      WE NEED YOUR HELP
Turn the Page Uganda is trying to make a difference in Northern Uganda, but supplying textbooks to needy schools, so that students can receive a proper education. We hope that children will have a chance at a better career than rock breaking. Something that uses their talent and skills to provide for their own family and community. We have helped 70 schools so far, but there are many more schools waiting for their chance. Won't you consider a tax deductible donation so that opportunity can be extended to some of these waiting schools? Check out our PAYPAL link, or send a check to Turn the Page Uganda, 3723 Dixon Street Santa Barbara, California 93105 USA. You CAN make a difference in the lives of so many needy children!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

 May we "Spur You to Action"

It's January, and time to start planning for a return visit to Uganda. I am looking at returning at the end of June, once our school year is over, and the Ugandan system is still in session. Maybe this year some people will join me to visit this amazing country. Turn the Page Uganda has now been able to help 66 schools all over northern Uganda. Each of the schools has selected $500.00 worth of brand new textbooks, not enough for every student to have one, but enough to change the teaching and reach more students with the information needed for them to succeed. We have so many more schools on our wait list, just hoping we will finally get to their turn. Won't you help us in one of the following ways? 

1. Use Amazon Smile whenever you order on-line. This way a portion of your normal purchases will be diverted to TTPU at no extra cost:-)

2. Spread our message to your friends. Send out a link to our page.
3. Consider making a donation. We take personal checks, and donations on-line.

Here is a quote I came across from Melinda Gates that seemed to capture the essence of why we do what we do:

The world is full of what seem like intractable problems.
Often we let that paralyze us.
Instead, let it spur you to action.
There are some people in the world that we can't help, but there are so many more that we can.
So when you see a mother and her child suffering in another part of the world, 
don't look away. 
Look right at them. 
Let them break your heart, 
then let your empathy and your talents help you make a difference. 
Whether you volunteer every week or just a few times a year, 
your time and unique skills are invaluable.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


     Hot Indian summer weather has blanketed Southern California in recent weeks... so hot that we find ourselves seeking the ocean, air-conditioned buildings, fans, anything for relief. It has brought back memories of equally hot days in Northern Uganda, where shade is the only relief for hot weather- unless you can find an Alvaro Pear Soda in a hotel refrigerator! Most people in Uganda don't have access to refrigerators.
     In the North, many schools have been created in buildings that were formerly "IDP" camps (set up to house internally displaced persons fleeing from the Lord's Resistance Army). They are spartan, without glass in the windows, or doors in the door frames. Some are lucky enough to have a few benches that students will crowd onto. Teachers often have class sizes that range from 60-100 students. Children either walk to school, or are driven on a boda-boda (small motorcycle). Sometimes we see entire families riding one boda-boda! Children, always dressed in uniforms, are excited to come to school.
     We sometimes pass children out in the fields, caring for animals and not allowed by their families to attend school. School costs money, and their small hands are needed for everyday survival of the family. For the lucky ones, they do get to go to school, and learn enough that their lives will be an improvement compared to that of their parents.
     Turn the Page Uganda is trying to make a difference in the lives of these lucky students. We donate $500.00 worth of textbooks to the needy schools, textbooks chosen by the teachers in the schools, so that they will have a vested interest in using the books. The books come from a bookstore in Kampala, and are the best books available that support the National curriculum. Once the schools receive the new books, they can design their lessons to help students succeed and pass onto the next grade level. Unlike America, students must pass a test to be promoted to the next grade level. Without the textbooks, it is extremely difficult to cover the necessary material. We are excited to be helping the next generation of Ugandan children, and we hope you will consider helping us help them!

Use Amazon Smile whenever you order on-line. This way a portion of your normal purchases will be diverted to TTPU at no extra cost:-)

Spread our message to your friends.

Consider making a donation.

We all can make a difference in the lives of others.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

California Pizza Kitchen Helps out Turn the Page Uganda!

Lira Integrated Senior High Students Chat About Their New School Textbooks!

Kids are out of school here in the U.S.A., sleeping in, going to camps, and having fun with friends:-)
Teachers have a chance to catch up on everything they have put off for the last year!
Turn the Page Uganda has a chance to reflect on the past successes, and move forward to help more students and teachers in Northern regions of Uganda receive much needed textbooks. 

With your help, we have assisted 55 schools in remote regions of Northern Uganda. 
Another 20 schools are on our current wait list (and the list grows weekly as more schools hear of Americas desire to help foster education in underserved areas).

However, we NEED YOUR HELP to raise funds to supply these under-priviledged schools on our waiting list. Thanks to the generosity of California Pizza Kitchen, we will be holding a "Turn the Page" day on July 16 in Santa Barbara. 

Just take a copy of this coupon, and California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of their sales to our organization. You can also order for your company (take out not delivery) and they will honor the coupon. You get great food, and kids get great books! What an awesome way to celebrate summer and help at the same time! Thank YOU for making a difference in the lives of those who really need our help. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thankful for the Generous in Heart

On a beautiful Sunday in November, the congregation of Free Methodist Church joined together for their annual day of Thanksgiving, to worship, share a meal, and later support members of their congregation involved in missions with a marketplace from around the world. There were groups supporting missions in India, Madagascar, Haiti, Ethiopia, and Uganda with causes that helped children, widows, students, the unemployed, and the environment. 

Turn the Page Uganda was very busy today with many handicrafts available for donation, all to help raise needed funds so that more books can be bought for the schools that wait patiently on out list. We are so thankful to the generous spirit of the people of this church and the love that they show for missions! Thanks to so many of you who have shared our vision of helping the less fortunate and helped us to raise funds this year so that teachers and students could receive new textbooks in Northern Uganda. We couldn't do it without you!