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2017 Trivia Night Fundraiser

posted 2 May 2017, 04:46 by Darren Creek

The annual Trivia Night fundraiser for Let the Needy Smile will be held at Brens Pavilion, Macarthur Road, Parkville, on Friday 26th May, starting at 7pm. 
Book a table now (darrencreek@gmail.com) and gather your friends for an entertaining night out - all for a good cause! 
Entry: $20. Full Bar available. BYO food. Great prizes include NRL tickets, gourmet food and wines.

2017 school year under way in Uganda

posted 2 May 2017, 04:42 by Darren Creek


Let the Needy Smile is happy to continue to support the education of over 300 orphans and vulnerable children in
 the Tororo district of Uganda. Books and pens were again distributed in January to the delight of many children and their carers.

2016 LTNS Trivia night: Doncaster East

posted 28 Jul 2016, 05:16 by Darren Creek

The annual trivia nights continue to be the highlight of the fundraising calendar for Let the Needy Smile. 
The annual Doncaster event will be held on Saturday 13th August at Manningham Uniting Church, 152 Andersons Creek Road, Doncaster East.
The event will start at 7pm sharp. Bring your own nibbles and drinks (Tea/coffee provided). 
Bring a team of 5-10 or join a team on the night. 


2016 Activities

posted 9 Apr 2016, 06:31 by Darren Creek


2016 is a big year in Uganda with a General Election, and also for the Tororo Evangel Church, whom carry out most of our volunteer work on the ground, as they move to a new location in Tororo. 
Nevertheless, we will continue to support over 200 orphans from small villages with stationary to ensure that they can attend school to get a basic education and promising start to life. 
Please look out for our major fundraising events in Melbourne throughout the year. The popular Trivia nights in Doncaster and Parkville will be the highlights!  

2015 Trivia Night (Parkville, Vic)

posted 8 Jul 2015, 05:39 by Darren Creek   [ updated 8 Jul 2015, 05:40 ]

Date: 7th August 2015  7:00 pm   
Venue: Brens Pavilion, Macarthur road, Parkville (in front of the Zoo)   
Entry: $20   
BYO snacks.  Drinks at Bar prices.   
RSVP teams of 6-8 to darrencreek@gmail.com (Spaces are limited!)

2014 Annual Report

posted 8 Jul 2015, 05:34 by Darren Creek   [ updated 8 Jul 2015, 05:37 ]

Thanks to all our sponsors over the last few years. 2014 was a busy year as we supported 300 orphans and vulnerable children. The annual report can be downloaded here

Mosquito nets for Easter

posted 27 May 2015, 16:55 by Letthe Needysmile

Thanks to the staff and students at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Melbourne, our Easter fundraising campaign raised almost $300 and was enough to purchase 22 long-lasting insecticide treated bednets. An additional effort by the local supporters in Tororo brought the total to 30 new bednets which were distributed to our most needy orphans at Easter time. 
March-May is the wet season in Eastern Uganda and the incidence of malaria in young children is alarmingly high during these months. Sleeping under a bednet is a simple way to minimise this risk and with the help of donors we hope to roll out more mosquito nets in coming years to provide this benefit to all the ~300 orphans in the program.

 

Trivia night success

posted 31 Jul 2014, 05:27 by Darren Creek   [ updated 8 Jul 2015, 05:32 ]


Annual Report 2013

posted 22 Mar 2014, 22:12 by Darren Creek

Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for improving the lives of hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children in rural Uganda. 

2013 was another busy and successful year for Let the Needy Smile. We continue to provide stationary to over 250 children to allow them to attend school. Whilst many of us see education as a basic human right, many Ugandan orphans cannot access this luxury. Your support provided through this program provides these children with a new opportunity to look towards the future with genuine hope. In 2013 we raised over $8500 from Australia and UK to support orphan education in Uganda. In addition, the local community in Tororo collected funds and second-hand clothing to provide additional support for orphans and widows in two of the villages. 

Our village crusades continue to provide health education to the community, and it appears that general knowledge about the cause, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS is now increasing in these villages. The educational material provided by TeachAIDS has been an important resource, and our work was recently highlighted by this multi-national not-for-profit organisation (http://teachaids.org/blog/children-in-eastern-uganda). Check out the videos for yourself at www.teachaids.org.

2013 Conferences and Crusades
Two large crusades were held in the villages of Bunganga (June) and Bumanda (December) providing essential provisions, lively entertainment, and importantly, health education for these remote communities. 
Volunteers from the Evangel church in Tororo continue to provide outreach conferences and crusades to remote villages of Eastern Uganda. These crusades bring much joy to the villages in the form of sports, singing and dancing, and in a country where religion is often used to justify harm and prejudice, we are able to bring God’s real message of love, forgiveness and hope.  

HIV/AIDS is a major issue in Eastern Uganda, and counselling and health education remains a major focus of Let the Needy Smile. These crusades are funded entirely by the local community in Tororo, Uganda, who in addition to raising $2500 for transport and food, provided salt, sugar, matchboxes, soap and second-hand clothes to orphans, widows and vulnerable people in the villages. 
  
In addition to the village crusades, Pastor Benjamin is active in raising awareness about HIV and providing counselling for affected people in the greater Tororo district. 
This has included visits to the local prison, and regular appearances on the local radio station to explain the cause of HIV/AIDS and dismiss local myths about HIV prevention and cure. 
These ministries are currently limited by funds. If you wish to specifically support expansion of these activities please contact us directly to arrange financial sponsorship or to visit Uganda in person. 

Completion of Individual Student Sponsorship Program
Our student sponsorship program has assisted up to 50 students to attend secondary school over the last 5 years. 
This year saw the end of our individual student sponsorship program. This program provided school fees for orphans and vulnerable children to attend secondary school in cases where free education was not available. 

Unfortunately, the administration of this program did not meet our strict standards of transparency and accountability. Therefore, Let the Needy Smile has stopped the individual student sponsorship program. 
Sponsors can be assured that all funds did go to needy people in Eastern Uganda, although not always to the intended children. We have stopped working with the coordinator of this program and continue to strive to fulfill our promise that all donated funds will reach the orphans that they are intended for. Whilst it is sad to lose this aspect of our sponsorship, we will now be able to focus more funds and attention on the more vulnerable orphans in the villages. 
With your help we will continue to sponsor the provision of stationary to support education of orphans in 6 remote villages in the Tororo district: Auyo, Bumanda, Bunganga, Ngeta, Maundo and Kidoko. 
Hopefully as fundraising increases we will soon provide much-needed uniforms, blankets and mosquito nets for many of these orphans. 

Sponsors Spotlight
Let the Needy Smile wishes to acknowledge two of our largest sponsors that have supported this work for over 5 years. 
1) Lockhart Uniting Church is a small but generous congregation in rural NSW. This community has suffered two devastating floods within the last 4 years, having recently recovered from 10 years of severe drought. The congregation can no longer afford to support a Minister for themselves, but still donates regularly to support orphans in Eastern Uganda. 
 
2) Tororo Evangel Church is the backbone of this organization, providing many gifts, funds and volunteer hours to reach the orphans in remote villages. This church meets in a makeshift rented shelter, and many members themselves live below the poverty line, yet they find it within themselves to give out of the little they have. 
Surely this is the true spirit of giving!

Be a Part of The Difference
Contact us at lettheneedysmile@gmail.com to participate in upcoming fundraising activities or to make a donation.

Bumanda Update from Pastor Benjamin

posted 4 Oct 2013, 06:47 by Darren Creek   [ updated 4 Oct 2013, 06:48 ]

We managed to go and supply books pens and pencils to the orphans in Bumanda village which consists of 4 villages i.e. Bumanda A, B, C, Poyem and Namayuni. At the background is the Church under a very bad condition that needs support. The church has got a piece of plot which was donated by one of the church members but lack a proper structure to fellowship in.

The whole village has about 4500 people and we are helping only 31 orphans who have need of uniforms.

We last gave out uniforms to thee orphans in Bumanda in 2008 and they are really in need of new uniforms but for the books, we have been giving them every term and they are also in need of mosquito nets.

 The community appreciates the donors for supporting them since 2007 up to this time.



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