SOURCE: Children of Uganda

May 07, 2008 15:30 ET

Children of Uganda Commemorates New Location With Charity Art Show

Proceeds to Benefit Children Orphaned by HIV/AIDS, War and Extreme Poverty

VIENNA, VA--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - Children of Uganda (COU), a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the support and empowerment of orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda, has announced an open house and charity art show to celebrate its new U.S. office in Charles Town, West Va. The open house and art show is on May 9, 2008 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the office of Sage Communications, a dedicated local supporter, in Vienna, Va.

Contributed artwork by local, renowned Colombian artist Ethel Bustamante will be available for purchase with a portion of all proceeds benefiting COU.

The funds raised at the open house event will provide education, clothing, food, shelter and medical care for more than 600 children who are disabled, abandoned, poverty-stricken or devastated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In the country of Uganda, AIDS is the leading cause of death, killing more than 300 people a day. There is an estimated 2.4 million AIDS-related orphans in Uganda, which has the largest number of AIDS orphans of any country in the world.

"Many children in Uganda are faced with more hardships by the time they reach primary school than most individuals experience throughout an entire lifetime," said Pamela Brannon, Executive Director, Children of Uganda. "At Children of Uganda, we make it our mission to instill hope for the future and to help these children realize their own potential. We are honored that the global community and our donors are supporting us in our goal to change the lives of these children, which would be impossible without their generosity."

COU's relocation of its Dallas office to the East Coast aligns with several recent developments to reinvigorate the organization's mission. Longtime AIDS activist, former Whitman Walker Clinic volunteer and COU Board member Pamela Brannon, recently joined as Executive Director. COU has also appointed four new members to its Board of Directors including: Dr. Jami Curley of St. Louis University; new Board Treasurer Brandon DeBok of Singer, Lewak, Greenbaum & Goldstein LLP / Granville Publications; Stephen Alpern, an arbitrator; and Sonni Aribiah of the World Bank. The new Charles Town office will allow COU to create new relationships with and strengthen existing partnerships with organizations working on behalf of Africa's most vulnerable population.

"Children of Uganda has provided me the most valuable gift I will ever receive -- an education," said Teddy Nalwoga Aribiah. "I have been given the opportunity to develop the skills I need to be successful in this world and contribute to my community because of the generosity, support and care of the donors who support this organization."

COU applies maximum funds -- about eighty percent of every dollar donated -- to ensure that all of the children in its care receive an education, including vocational training for secondary school children and life skills training. COU has earned Charity Navigator's coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management. Charity Navigator, America's premier charity evaluator, rates charities on its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances.

For more information about Children of Uganda, the open house and art show or to make a donation, please visit http://www.childrenofuganda.org.

About Children of Uganda

Originally called the Uganda Children's Charity Foundation, Children of Uganda (COU) was founded in 1995. As a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in the United States, Children of Uganda works in conjunction with local non-governmental organizations in Uganda to provide education and support to more than 600 orphans and other disadvantaged children. The Children of Uganda has administrative offices near Washington, DC and Kampala, the capital of Uganda, where programs are administered by local staff members dispersed in two districts of Uganda.

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