Ann McCarthy first went to Ruhanga in south-west Uganda in 2005 when she was invited by her safari driver, Mr. Denis Aheirwe. He took her to see his compound – the family land given by his father – and she immediately saw its potential.
The Luke Heydlauff Fund for Children was created in 2018 to support and foster an awareness of the needs of children everywhere and promote health, education, and happiness among youth in Uganda and the world.
Young Peacebuilders helps children and youth people become more effective peacebuilders by empowering them to wage peace locally and abroad through child and youth peacebuilding clubs.
Championed by Conservation Biologist and Political Ecologist, Dr. Nancy Dammann, this collaborative project targets a little known corridor of communities along the Peruvian Amazon, facing increased pressures from extractive industries, violence, and illegal activities threatening biodiversity and livelihoods. Yes, little known, yet significant, as they are the gate-keepers of one of the world’s two largest bodies of freshwater and one of the greatest sources of biodiversity on the planet.
Your support of the Utopia Foundation’s Operational Fund will allow Utopia’s Board of Directors to direct resources to the causes with the most urgent needs.
Utopia Foundation currently supports a local initiative, Parenting Communities of Leelanau County, with a matching grant, evaluation and communications. Parenting Communities provides support to families in Leelanau Country through home visits, playgroups, access to resources and referrals, parent education, developmental screening.
10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms is a project that helps schools in northwest Lower Michigan buy and serve locally grown fruits and vegetables at lunch three days a week in the fall, one day a week in the winter, and two days a week in the spring.
St. Mark’s Children’s Home and Orphanage in Usa River, Tanzania provides over 100 orphaned children with shelter, food, and education. Friends-Who-Care is a U.S. based organization that connected with St. Mark’s through Tanzanian tourism and is now partnering with Utopia Foundation to help provide the children of St. Marks with a brighter future.
Utopia Foundation will match 50% of every dollar of the first $20,000 donated to Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, with a maximum commitment of $10,000 from Utopia Foundation.
Dreamcatcher is a program founded by pioneer and social champion Anthea Rossouw that focuses on empowering women and youth in South Africa. Anthea aims to put “an end to aid without end,” using local resources and culture to develop successful micro-enterprises that offer a permanent end to poverty.
Started by one of our inspiring champions, Pushpa Basnet, the ECDC/Butterfly House gives Nepalese children, who would otherwise be forced to live in prison, a chance for a bright future. In Nepal there are very few childrens’ homes, forcing incarcerated mothers to choose between bringing their child to live with them in prison or sending them to the street.
Utopia’s latest partnership is with another of our amazing champions, educational reformer Priscilla Were. Were operates the Glory Value School in the western part of Kenya, a residential school serving girls from under-privileged communities.