Sample Case Statement
Here is the case statement Maggie Josiah developed for raising funds for her African Hospitality Institute. Remember, this is a working document, and she continues to update it.
AFRICAN HOPSITALITY INSTITUTE
Vocational School and Guesthouse
UGANDA, EAST AFRICA
AHI Field Director: Maggie Josiah
Blog: tiptopwebsite.com/ maggiejosiah
Uganda Phone: +256 0774033392
Address: PO Box 9242, Kampala, Uganda, East Africa
USA Address: PO Box 1172, Fall City, WA 98024
Maggie Josiah was self-employed in the hospitality industry for over 25 years in Kirkland, Washington. She first visited the Cornerstone Ranch in Central Uganda as a volunteer in 2002.She moved to Uganda full time in 2006 to build and manage the guesthouse /vocational school.
African Hospitality Institute [AHI] is a vocational school teaching restaurant, hotel, and professional domestic skills to vulnerable youth in a chronically poor rural area, using the guesthouse as its on-the-job training facility while caring for the needs of short-term mission volunteers working at the ranch. By operating the guesthouse as a functional business, AHI is committed to reaching a high degree of self-sustainability. AHI is solely responsible for funding all guesthouse and vocational school construction, staff housing, salaries, and daily costs of operation for the vocational school and guesthouse. All USA donations are tax deductible; AHI is a registered 501[c] non-profit corporation.
The number of vulnerable children in Uganda due to AIDS, malaria, and 40 years of civil wars is a crisis. The Human Poverty Index ranks Uganda 72nd out of 108 countries. Uganda’s population rate, one of the highest in the world, continues to increase at an alarming rate. Fifty percent of the population is under the age of 15, with more than two million children orphaned. Sixty percent of all Ugandan children never complete primary school. Most orphan sponsorship programs stop at age 15. A study by the International Youth Foundation found that young people are increasing as a percentage of the world’s population—the World Bank estimates that by 2010 the number of youth ages 15 to 24 will reach 1.8 billion; 1.5 billion will live in developing nations. Adolescents make up the largest percentage of orphaned children. Overwhelmed with chronic poverty and anger, they can easily become a violent threat to the established order in their country.
Yet, with positive future prospects, these same young people can take a critical role in rebuilding and stabilizing their countries. However, positive future prospects are difficult to find in Uganda. Unemployment rages out of control with over 50 applicants vying for one job opening—390,000 job seekers will fight over the 8,000 jobs available each year. And 85 percent of Uganda’s poor live in rural areas with two-thirds barely surviving as subsistence farmers. Uganda’s Poverty Eradication Action Plan was established to achieve the Global Millennium Development Goals of “making the right to development a reality for everyone and to free the entire human race from want,” but it seems to impact only the city poor. Uganda’s greatest struggle is in reaching remote rural areas as well as providing women equal opportunities for growth and development.
AHI transforms lives of at-risk youth in Africa through vocational hospitality training.
WHO WE ARE
AHI is a restorative community committed to following Jesus, bringing hope and opportunity through the sacred practice and vocational training of hospitality skills.
Tourism may be one of the most viable industries in Uganda to help reduce poverty and provide opportunities for its young population. One of the greatest drawbacks to creating stable tourism is the lack of trained workers. It is estimated that in Uganda over 60 percent of employees in the hospitality industry are Kenyan because Ugandans lack the skills to work in this vital and growing sector.
Teaching an employable trade is a practical solution in helping developed nations to break the cycle of poverty. Our approach to teaching a trade includes mentoring minds and healing hearts within a functioning business that was founded upon the values of respect and integrity.
African Hospitality Institute offers a two-year program to 10 rurally isolated and impoverished students, 17 to 25 years old. We maintain a high teacher-to-student ratio for personalized training that emphasizes service to others, life skills, in-depth character development, English language and literacy programs, as well as teaching practical hands-on training of restaurant, professional domestic, and hotel skills. We provide our young people with creative tools to help themselves, as well as their families, communities, and country. We believe that our students are “Trained, Trustworthy, and Transformed” by their experience of learning at our vocational training program. Sustainability is one of our most important goals.
AHI has constructed to date ten self-contained guestrooms and a dining facility for up to 20 American and European short-term mission volunteers to reside at while they work to help the community around Ekitangaala Ranch. The final construction of the guesthouse facility will furnish the site with a large lodge with a 40-seat dining room and teaching commercial kitchen with offices and conference space. We are also encouraging trade with other NGOs, such as International Justice Mission, in Uganda to use our facilities for conferences and retreats. As an active business, we are working towards creating a healthy organization that will be able to sustain the daily operational costs of our vocational program through income earned at the guesthouse, breaking free from donor dependence.
The majority of our teacher/trainers are young men and women that began as students and were trained through their work here with AHI. AHI has an extensive resource library, and our trainers are committed to researching their subjects thoroughly. We are extremely proud of our teaching staff. Each teacher/trainer has a complementary position in the operation of the guesthouse, either in the kitchen, dining room, or guestrooms.
Currently, all of our graduates are employed. In our last graduating class of 10 students, all had secured employment prior to graduation. In a country with overwhelming unemployment, the future of AHI looks quite bright.
We are grateful for your consideration of investing in our work out in the bush of East Africa.
Your investment will create a legacy of hope for a better future in the lives of many youths.