Would you like to volunteer or contribute to a project with Oysters & Pearls in Uganda?

Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome your participation in one of our teaching programs or if there is a project which you would like to design, we can help you get connected to the community that will most benefit.  This can include your travelling to Uganda or organizing funding and supplies that are sent to the community through us.  Please use the contact form to get in touch.

Donate Cash or Stocks

All proceeds from any donation will go directly to a project or program of your choosing.  Our sister organization, Hesed International, has a 501(c)(3) status in the United States and is also a registered organization in Uganda. They are financial administrators of our programs and all donations are 10%-matched by the founders to cover any administrative fee.

The Washburn Fund for Uganda is registered with Schwab Charitable and can accept cash or appreciated stocks and you will receive a tax deduction for your gift. Again, the founder pays any processing or administrative fees.

Purchase Wish List Items

We can also receive new or gently used items on our Wish List to bring with us when we travel, which is up to three times per year.  The Wish List is regularly updated and prioritized to address the most pressing needs.

Wish List

Talking Watches (these are from Radio Shack) – each watch is under $25

HumanWare Stream (these are from: http://www.humanware.com/microsite/stream/index.html ) Far more than just another audio player, the new Victor Reader Stream’s wireless capabilities open up the world to people who are blind or visually impaired.

White Canes (these are ordered from Ambutech in Canada by us and we are given a discount) – purchase a minimum of one dozen at about $15/ea.

SD Cards – these are widely available and we prefer the 32 GB, but can use 8 GB also for the Book Sense and PlexTalk. Prices vary, but around $30/ea.

Sparkfun Supplies – we are purchasing components for the Robotics program for Summer 2013 and it is best for us to buy directly and receive our educational discount; prices range from under $1 to $99 for a kit.

Discretionary Funds – these would be used for purchase of supplies for the Summer 2013 program and not administrative or travel; the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) program has several small components.

Designated Funds – you direct where your gift goes by giving cash to Hesed or stock or other asset to our Schwab Charitable Fund (ex: $100 toward the purchase of a Book Sense DS.)

Holiday Training – the cost per term is nearly $1,500; conducted three times per year to provide computer, English, Math and Sports programs for the blind and visually impaired students as well as members of the community during each holiday break (May; Aug–Sep; Dec-Jan)

Laptop Computers and Software – We carry these personally to Uganda.  We need laptops that run Windows 7 but we can purchase the Windows 7 and MS Office through a non-profit; JAWS software from Christal Vision and Kurzweil 1000.  It is best for us to purchase these directly because we get the discount given to educational efforts.