December 8, 2009

AGYA Marks Major Milestones of 2009

Through hard work and determination, AGYA accomplished some major goals during our first year of operation.

  • December 2008: established core objectives, vision statement and opened doors of a 6-room facility to Ugandans living in the urban slum of Nabulagala
  • January 2009: began hosting classes and workshops for approximately 200 women and children who registered with the organization
  • April 2009: opened computer lab after receiving a donation of computers
  • May 2009: hosted 9 international student volunteers from the University of Southern California and Nasra Mire, Co-Director of Point Youth Media
  • July 2009: formed a partnership with the Century City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and launched a girls scholarship/mentorship program
  • September 2009: honored as a special guest at the Kampala City Council Annual Literacy Day
  • October 2009: officially became registered with the Republic of Uganda as a non-governmental organization (NGO)
  • November 2009: hosted 3 individual international volunteers, including Hawa Mire, Co-Director of Point Youth Media, Ben Rothschild, and Jenny Calvert all of whom shared skills, such as art, film, photography, and dance with AGYA Youth

Throughout the year:

  • We maintained our free lunch program, providing clean drinking water and nutritious meals to more than 100 Ugandan children;
  • We offered Ugandan youth a safe space to express themselves creatively through dance, music, poetry, art, and creative writing;
  • We provided outreach, support, and advocacy to Ugandans living in Nabulagala, Nakulabye, Kasubi, and Bulange;
  • We developed leadership skills in Ugandan youth;
  • We enriched the lives of all our members through innovative programming.

In 2010, we are focused on solidifying our organizational and financial sustainability. This will entail continued training of our youth leader staff, seeking support of corporate donors and grant-making entities, and developing our income-generating activities. We are also formulating plans to acquire a plot of land in a nearby village, which will produce enough food to fully sustain our free lunch program. The surplus will be sold at local markets to generate income for AGYA’s general expenses.

This Holiday season, you can help support our charitable work in Uganda by making a tax-deductible donation on your behalf or in the name of a friend, relative, or co-worker.

At your request, we can e-mail you a special gift voucher; just contact us at:

All you have to do is:

  1. Fill out the voucher and present it to a special person
  2. Make a check payable to “African Millennium Foundation” and write “AGYA-UGANDA” in the memo line of your check
  3. Mail your tax-deductible donation to:

African Millennium Foundation

c/o Amagezi Gemaanyi

468 North Camden Drive

Beverly Hills, California 90212

We look forward to your continued support in 2010.


Divinity L. Barkley
Executive Director, AGYA

Matovu Abraham
Secretariat, AGYA