Thank you Samira!

Thank you to Samira Bikangaga from Oma Jo Jo, and everyone at OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) for creating this wonderful flyer! The artwork is so beautiful, and it will help us so much to promote our African Artwork sales, Exhibitions, and the Pop-Up Art Gallery in San Francisco! 

Click on the flyer to view our Otyo! Channel on Youtube, and see details for upcoming events.

AMAZING!

All proceeds from art sales go to fund our projects in rural western Uganda.

Thank you to Jules Mwheire for your recent expert advisement to the OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) Board. This support was extremely informative, helpful, useful, timely, and thoughtful! Thank you sincerely from everyone at Otyo.

Help Us Build Hope, Help Us Build Opportunity, Help Us Build Health Security In Rural Uganda.

Help us build the Canon Eric and Faith Bugaari Community Centre in Kebisoni, Rukungiri District, Uganda. 

July 31st, 2021

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Help Us Build Hope…

Help Us Build Hope,

Help Us Build Opportunity,

Help Us Build Health Security In Rural Uganda…

Help us build the Canon Eric and Faith Bugaari Community Centre in Kebisoni, Rukungiri District, Uganda.

The Canon Eric and Faith Bugaari Community Centre at Kakinga Parish in Kebisoni, UG will provide space for a small community library… 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Canon Eric and Faith Bugaari Community Centre at Kakinga Parish in Kebisoni, UG will provide space for income generating projects such as these…

Your Donations at Work!

Your donations at work: Check it out on our new Otyo! Channel on YouTube.

OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) completes its second provision of hand washing soap in Kebisoni, Rukungiri District, Southwestern Uganda. Otyo liaison Louise Bugaari Kelenge delivers soap donated to the Kebisoni community by Otyo! Thanks for your continued support! Let’s keep up the good work.

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Louise Bugaari delivers the soap provision.
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Lake Bunyonyi, southwestern Uganda. Near the Virunga Mountains, and the home of the Silverback Gorillas. Click photo for link.

 

OTYO! Update for Spring 2021

 

  • Thank you to Mountain Mike’s Pizza in San Rafael, California! The April 3rd GroupRaise restaurant event was a big success! Thank you to all of the many people who participated, and enjoyed the best pizza in the area!

 

 

 

                                

  • Visit our Pop Up Art Gallery in San Francisco by appointment only, or schedule an art exhibition for your own event. We have a large selection of high quality original artwork in various media by celebrated African artists, such as David Kibuuka and Dan Sekanwagi -original paintings, prints, textiles, wooden screens, and reproductions. Contact us at otyoasighofrelief@gmail.com, on Facebook @otyoasighofrelief, or Instagram at otyoasighofrelief

 

  • All OTYO projects and initiatives are moving forward.
  • Current needs assessments completed in UG by OTYO members for 2021.
  • Hand-washing soap procurement and handout set up and scheduled for spring 2021.
  • Current social media outreach, and Facebook fundraisers doing well.
  • Winter 2020 and spring 2021 fundraising initiatives were successful.
  • New ideas being explored to reach large donors to fund the Community Centre.
  • Volunteers are always welcome to apply.

Winter 2020/2021 Update: Fundraising Goal Achieved!

OTYO! is pleased to announce that we have achieved our fundraising goals for the fall of 2020 through our social media platforms, events, and outreach. OTYO! will use these funds to provide additional assistance during the COVID pandemic to our target population in rural Uganda. Members of our board have arrived in Uganda from the US and will work with our Uganda Secretary and Liaison to procure and distribute hand-washing soap to the community in Kebisoni, North Kigezi Diocese, Rukungiri District, Uganda. We are especially grateful to all contributors and supporters. We also greatly value the people who enjoy our content, and who ‘like’ and share our posts, which helps us reach new viewers. We enjoy being a part of the global conversation on social justice, and work at being relevant in that movement as much as we are working to raise funds for our projects.

Moving forward, please view our website to learn about our short and long term projects, our organization, and access other content such as our African Art Gallery. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see all of our posts, announcements, and news. Thank you to all of our supporters, and Happy Holidays!

Coming up in 2021: further content on Canon Eric Bugaari and his legacy; fundraising for the Pad Project, short term grants, and the Community Centre; GroupRaise dining/takeout events; The OTYO! Livestream Art Sale and Exhibition!

OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) board members meet monthly.

Assistance for Covid-19 , Fall 2020

Currently, we have created fundraising for providing assistance during the COVID pandemic for our target population in Rukungiri District, rural Uganda. Our needs-assessments indicate that it will be critical to use some of our funds to provide a second immediate support package to our target population during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. We are raising $1000 for round 2 of this assistance through our social media platforms. Our secretary, development contributor, and Uganda Secretary and Liaison, Louise Bugaari, will oversee the procurement and distribution of hand-washing soap and face-masks to the entire community in Kebisoni. This project will be carried out with the help of local community leaders, the local church, and Archdeacon Van Amos Katsigazi. Members of this rural community do not have ready access to handwashing soap or face masks at this time. It is important to note again that the people of the Rukungiri district and Kebisoni do not have ambulances or first responders, nor nearby hospitals with modern technology.

Summer 2020: OTYO! and our Covid-19 Assistance

How OTYO! is responding to the COVID-19 global crisis.

Locally, our VP and board-member, Cathy Chappell-Chambers, and her family began making face-masks and providing them to the people in her local community when the critical need developed. At a time when Covid-19 cases were surging locally, and no masks were available, Cathy and her family put together the materials and the know-how to make masks for her neighborhood and beyond. Many of the people who received a mask from Cathy’s family then donated to OTYO! in gratitude. 

 

 

Globally, we created an immediate assistance plan for our target population in Rukungiri district, Uganda. Our President, Jolly Bugari, reviewed our needs-assessments, and developed an intervention for immediate implementation. Subsequently in May, OTYO! used some of our funds to provide immediate critical support during the Covid-19 crisis. Our board-member and Uganda liaison, Louise Bugaari, set up the procurement and distribution of hand-washing soap and face-masks to the entire community in Kebisoni, through her expert management, local network, and business expertise.  This project is being conducted currently with the help of local community leaders, the local church, and Archdeacon Van Amos Katsigazi. Members of this community do not have ready access to handwashing soap at this time, let alone face masks. And it is important to note that the people of the Rukungiri district and Kebisoni do not have ambulances or first responders, nor nearby hospitals with modern technology.

Moving forward, OTYO will be conducting further needs-assessments with the help of our network in Uganda, and we will be providing further community support in regards to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. COVID-19 is impacting this rural farming community in a similar way as has the AIDS crisis.

Our board meets monthly.

Spring 2020: Photos from our Art Exhibition Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who attended our Art Exhibition Fundraiser on March 7th & 8th, 2020 at The Art Room, 1072 Geneva, in San Francisco, CA. 

Now more than ever you need some African artwork in your home!

This Art Exhibition featured works by contemporary Ugandan artists David Kibuuka, James Kitamirike, Dan Sekanwagi, and many others. The exhibition included oil and acrylics on canvas, limited edition giclee prints, sketches, as well as many unique wooden canvas and wood panel pieces.

 

We had a great turnout, and we are grateful to all who came and supported OTYO! through their attendance, donations, and logistical help.  We met some wonderful people and enjoyed the event.

 

 

 

We have a large collection of quality artwork and will be holding more events soon in San Francisco, Oakland, and around the Bay Area!

 

 

 

 

Now more than ever you need some African artwork in your home!

Your Contribution Matters

  • Donate directly to our OTYO! Website using Paypal.
  • Donate to our Facebook page using Paypal or a donation button.
  • Donate directly to OTYO! (A Sigh of Relief) via email or regular mail using the info on our Contact Page.
  • Shop via Amazon Smile and choose our nonprofit as your recipient (no extra costs to you).
  • Contribute to one of our fundraisers on one of our social media platforms.
  • Visit our Capital Campaign page to see how donation amounts apply to construction of the Community Centre.