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A way to help: Wrap Up Africa

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 by Marianne Elliott

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Every now and then, I share opportunities for you to help people and organisations that are, in my opinion, doing really good work in the world. It’s something I do in response to many requests from friends and readers for advice on how to best support the good work that is already out there.

Today, I’m really proud to present you with a opportunity to help Wrap Up Africa.

Wrap Up Africa Promo from Amanda Bontecou on Vimeo.

I first came across Letha Sandison, Founder of Wrap Up Africa, before she moved to Uganda and founded one of the most creative and effective small NGOs I’ve come across in a long time.

Recently, Letha asked me for help. Please read her message:

Hello all,
I am writing to ask for help – Wrap Up Africa has a wonderful opportunity wrapped in a challenge.

Our building has become unstable and dangerous. There are no strict building regulations in Uganda and unfortunately this has disastrous consequences from time to time. The foundation on our space was not poured correctly for our building and heavy rains have washed away the soil beneath one side of the house. The landlord does not have the funding to repair the damage and therefore the building is not safe. Because of this, I am unable to renew our lease when it expires in May.

Serendipitously, there is a new building available in the same neighborhood. It is a wonderful opportunity as there are very few buildings that are within the hospital area that would be suitable for our uses. Because the US Embassy funded this commercial space there was oversight during its construction and it was built using good and safe building practices. The landlord is an employee of the embassy and is willing to sign a long-term lease with us.

This is a huge opportunity for us to take a space that is clean, has running water, power (which we have been working without for the last year), and allows for the expansion and launch of several programs for which our previous space had no room. In addition, this space helps us convey a more professional image to potential collaborators, donors and retailers.

Our goal is to move into the new space by May 1st. In order to do this we need to pay a year of rent upfront, a typical requirement in Uganda. As this was unexpected, these funds are not available in our current budget. We are seeking to raise $5,500 in order to accomplish this goal, and this is where you can make a huge difference. With your help, we can take advantage of this opportunity and continue to expand the programs we’ve created to help more children become cancer survivors here in Uganda.

This is an exciting time for Wrap Up Africa and this space will allow us to make the most of upcoming opportunities. We have just been offered a complimentary membership to the Clinton Global Initiative and invited to attend their upcoming meeting in September. USAID is bringing buyers from large retailers out to visit our facilities and I hope to share more exciting updates with you soon.

Thank you for your willingness to help!


If you’d like to just make a contribution to help Wrap Up Africa get into this new home, you can do that via the ChipIn button at the bottom of this post.

My good friend Christine Mason Miller has also put together some special Wrap Up Africa Give Aways, including a giveaway of her book Ordinary Sparkling Moments, which I highly recommend. You can make a contribution here or over at her site and be eligible for the giveaway but it’s worth also visiting her site, it’s such a lovely place to visit.


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3 Responses to "A way to help: Wrap Up Africa"

  1. Leana says:

    Yay, so excited to see the blogging community come together to support Letha and Wrap Up Africa! I love your new site. I can’t wait to join the next group of 30 days of yoga!!

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