New GoFundMe, President Jolly Bugari’s Uganda Visit, and New Initiatives for OTYO!

February, 2024

New GoFundMe for OTYO!

Want to join OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) in making a difference in the village of Kebisoni? We are raising funds to purchase land to build a community center in the village of Kebisoni in rural Uganda. Check our GoFundMe Link.
 
OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) started as a passion project more than 18 years ago by two women public health graduate students. Since its inception, the members of OTYO! have worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life and health of women, adolescents, and orphans in rural Uganda, by providing financial and technical support to community-based organizations (CBOs) working with these populations. The CBOs supported by OTYO! will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service provision in areas of Food Security, Health Care Access, Health Education, and Community Empowerment.
 
Recently we received an opportunity to purchase a piece of land in the village of Kebisoni South which would be perfect for the location of OTYO’s Community Centre. Once we have obtained the land, the construction of the Community Centre will begin.
 
The community center will be named after President Jolly Bugari’s late parents Faith and Canon Eric Bugaari. Canon Bugaari and his wife Faith were both prominent community leaders. Canon Bugaari was first and foremost an educator who taught at the Kakinga Primary School in Kebisoni for many years and was also Canonized in the church. Faith was a leader of the Mother’s Union for the Kebisoni Chapter. Naming the Centre after Faith and Canon Bugaari would reflect and honor their roles as community leaders and educators, and is a gesture of recognition and appreciation to their community service. Because we believe in contributing to the local economy, the construction of the Centre will be done by local community members and will be managed by OTYO! members based in Kebisoni locally. 
The Centre will be designed to include space for a local OTYO! office, a small library for the community, as well as meeting rooms for skill training and youth programs led by community-based organizations.
 
Before we can move ahead with the construction of our Centre we need to raise the funds to purchase the land for the site. OTYO! has been offered a parcel of land located in the south Kebisoni. We will need to raise a minimum of $15,000.00 to purchase this land.
 
We hope you can join us in making the Community Centre a reality for the village of Kebisoni by donating what you can. We will update our fundraiser page periodically as we progress toward our financial goal.

 

President Jolly Bugari Visits Uganda, Our Target Community, and KTG Members

Click the image on the left or this link to view our YouTube Channel and President Jolly Bugari‘s recent visit to our target community in Rukungiri District, Uganda. Listen as OTYO! President, Jolly Bugari speaks during the Kebisoni, Uganda community celebration of our sponsorship of the Kebisoni Tumanyane Group  youth soccer league program.

The Tumanyane Sports Soccer Team finished second in the league, and the entire community came out to show their gratitude for the success of this program! Here Jolly is speaking in the local language, where a huge celebration took place to honor Jolly, and her work with OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief). OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) on YouTube

 

Our Next Short Term Initiative

Our organization successfully funded the youth soccer league program for the Kebisoni Tumanyane Group (KTG), in our target community in Rukungiri District, Uganda. Building on this success, we are now raising funds for our next initiative in 2024. Please donate! Our next short term initiative will continue our sponsorship of  KTG, and will be a $5000 program, for coed music, dance, and drama groups. We are calling upon you to donate even just five dollars. You can donate here through PayPal or through our social media on Facebook and Instagram. Donations are always tax deductible, and you can find our tax EIN number on the contact page of this website. Click the image on the left or this link of Traditional Ugandan Dances to view video of the traditional dances which will be part of this program.

To participate in this fundraiser, either visit us on Facebook, or send us an email at allforotyo.dg@gmail.com, and we will forward you the access information. 149644019994/posts/pfbid02jyzcVvpjyU8oYsGKUA7954SZQWxqhRbpLzuqomjZsYZd5qxkRaQJ6tonxPrZMgvEl/?app=fb

Good job to everyone at KTG in UG! Visit http://www.otyo.org to learn more, and to donate to support youth programs in the region.

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New Year’s Update, January 2024

KTG Testimonials From 2023 and Our New Short Term Project

This is Jolly Bugari, President of OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief). I’m calling upon all of our followers and also non-followers to view the testimonials in the videos linked here below, which are shared by members of the KTG Youth Soccer Possmus League, and the Kebisoni Tumanyane Sports Team. In the past year of 2023, our organization successfully funded this youth soccer league program for the Kebisoni Tumanyane Group (KTG), in our target community in Rukungiri District, Uganda. Details on the funding, and on KTG, are found here on our website.

Building on this success, we are now raising funds for our next initiative in 2024. Please donate! Our next short term project for KTG will be a $5000 program, a coed music, dance, and drama group. I’m calling upon you to donate even just five dollars. You can donate here through PayPal or through our social media on Facebook and Instagram. Donations are always tax deductible, and you can find our tax EIN number on the contact page of this website.

Please view some of our successes below…

KTG Youth Soccer League, and Kebisoni Tumanyane Group Testimomnials 1 2023

KTG Youth Soccer League, and Kebisoni Tumanyane Group Testimomnials 2 2023

KTG Youth Soccer League, and Kebisoni Tumanyane Group Testimomnials 3 2023

 

 

Mark your calendars for the Holiday Art Fair at the Triton Museum of Art on December 2nd!

Support OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief), your community museum, and local artists in this year’s Holiday Art Fair at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Mark your calendars for our next Holiday Art Fair at the Triton Museum of Art! This event will begin with morning art programming for the little ones and origami/ornament making activities for all from 10am to12pm, followed by musical performances, Mr. Taco Express taco truck, and complimentary beverages and wine.

Shop from an array of beautifully crafted artworks for sale ranging from jewelry to ceramics and featuring every one-of-a-kind treasure in between! With 27 local art and artisan vendors, there will be tons of options available for your perfect Christmas gifts for your friends and family.

At our booth, we will be offering paintings, prints, and other pieces from
Click the above link to view our collection before the event in a beautifully photographed digital gallery.  Click to view details about each piece, the artist, the asking price, or even to make an offer! 

 

Receive a raffle ticket with every transaction. This event will be a no cash event; we are only accepting card at this time.

Triton Museum Website

Triton Museum Events

 

 

OTYO! provides health resources through initiatives directly to our target community in rural western Uganda, as well as small grants to local CBO’s in the region. We also apply our fundraising toward the development of a small community center, which will provide community health education and access to training for trade skills and income generating projects.

OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) at The 14th Annual SVAFF!

We had a successful weekend, and a meaningful experience at the 14th Annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival! We are grateful for the opportunity, and we are looking forward to next year! We met and networked with many amazing visitors, vendors, organizers, and cause-workers. It was a fantastic opportunity to network. We sold several pieces of artwork from our African collection, raising the largest amount of funding ever for a single event! Thank you, everyone!

OTYO! at the 14th annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) on 10/14 and 10/15

OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) will be an official vendor of the 14th annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival on Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15, 2023, at the Historic Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126.
 
 
At our booth, we will be offering paintings, prints, and other pieces from  The OTYO! Collection of Fine African Artwork for Charitable Fundraising!  Here you can view our collection  before the event in a beautifully photographed digital gallery.  Click to view details about each piece, the artist, the asking price, and to make an offer! 

      

OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) is currently raising funds for our sponsorship of  The Kebisoni Tumanyane
Group (KTG), Youth Football/Soccer League!

Click for a Kebisoni Tumanyane Team Video on Youtube!