Special projects are designated as projects, campaigns, or areas of need that my be unmet by traditional grants. However, ASA has identified these “special projects” as significantly important in maintaining progress toward ASA’s mission and vision. Areas that fall into this priority area include:
- Significant capital needs
- Land purchase
- Other major equipment purchases
Land Purchase – Great Kings and Queens
ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples hopes to help and guide Great Kings and Queens Children’s Center move toward greater independence and self-sufficiency. Supporting Medi, Director of Great Kings and Queens, is putting Medi on a path to ownership (the down payment will enable a legal contract leading to land ownership once the balance is paid in full) is part of the strategic growth strategy. Building equity increases organizational stability and means that money paid in rent is no longer “lost.” The impact of this grant will be great – It’s leading to Medi being able to free up the monthly rent expenses for income generation strategies (crops development and sales) which will make Great Kings and Queens more sustainable.
By securing ownership of the land, ASA and Great Kings and Queens school will have a renewed hope for their future. Without the down payment on the land purchase, Medi may need to close the doors to his school, leaving the more than 400 vulnerable children he serves without a home. With the protection of the land ownership contract, Medi will not only have the protection of the contract, which in itself is a huge benefit, but he would be able to focus his resources on the children served at the center and income generating activities that will help Great Kings and Queens move to greater self-sufficiency and sustainability.
“Adopt a Village” project seeks financial support to reconstruct Barlonyo village in Northern Uganda, a former displaced person’s camp, which was destroyed when the Lord’s Resistance Army rebels massacred 300-400 people in 2004. Many were burned alive. A whole generation of children were unable to attend school and adults had no access to social services or employment.