Saturday, January 16, 2016

When you Step Up, Step Out and Do Something, Dreams Can Come True

We did it!!!!

Dreams are coming true.  At our first Light the Night, just a little over a year ago, I said that I dream big.  That was quite a statement… and perhaps a little bold. But without dreams, how can you envision a future filled with light and possibility?  

Dreams create possibilites for the future

That statement helped propel our small start up non-profit to inspire our supporters to step up, step out and do something to illuminate our world. And they certainly did! 

The Empowerment Program campaign exceeded it’s goal of $25,000!

The Empowerment Program isn’t just a dream – it’s become a reality.  

The one-stop business center will be opening within a few months.  Former victims of trafficking, who have completed Destiny Women-Uganda’s Rehabilitation Program will have an opportunity to receive training, learn job skills, receive business mentoring and psycho-social support, have steady employment and participate in a savings and loan program. These girls will break the cycle of trafficking and walk a path toward with integrity and grace. 

Dreams are coming true.

Funds raised:  $29,886 

Here’s the Update:

Amilia’s Light hired liaison Rachel Tumwine, former World Vision Staffer, in Uganda.

Destiny Women-Uganda formed an Empowerment Program Task Force.

Site Selection will be completed by end of January.

The Empowerment Center will open in a few months.

Fashion/Tailoring Boutique and a Hair Salon will be the first two businesses.

Two Rehabilitation Program graduates hired as social workers and mentors.

Three Rehabilitation Program graduates hired as business managers.

Five to Ten Rehabilitation Program graduates will be employed in the Empowerment Center.

Social Workers Esther and Barbara, Destiny Women Co-Founder, Miriam Enyaga

Woo Hoo!!!  It’s been an incredible year and I can’t thank our donors, volunteers and our team enough.  The Destiny Women Board and girls are thankful too.  Mostly, I thank God, for the presence of spirit, a force within all of us, that with a little dream, a little faith and a lot of perspiration and gusto can help make dreams come true.

Thank you for making this New Year, a dream come true,

Michelle Luhrmann,
Founder and President, Amilia's Light

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