Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Note from ASSET Beneficiary Sylvia N.

 A note of gratitude from ASSET student Sylvia N. Sylvia is in her second year of nursing school in Uganda.

To Asset Management Team,

It's with great pleasure that I send this message. I began my first semester of second year two days ago and am doing well. We are going to be in clinical area for 2 weeks on day duty and then for 4 weeks on night day and then resume block study. That's how I am fairing at school now, but it's not the main reason I send this.

This comes to pass on my gratitude for your help in my education. I reported with all my tuition paid and with all my requirements and all I have to do is to work hard and excel. Thank you for believing in me and I promise not to let you down but to raise, maximize my potential to be the best I can.

The time we had at Emerald Hotel for the ASSET Leadership Symposium was great. I came to know more about ASSET and what it takes for me to succeed. Thanks to ASSET staff for coming over to Uganda to have time with us.

I have not got last semester results yet but will send them as soon as I get them.

I wish you all the best in all your endeavors in 2011.

Yours faithfully,

Sylvia N.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Now accepting online donations

Several of our partners are very excited about our new capability to accept donations online. On the right hand side of the blog, you will notice a new button that says “Donate,” which allows individuals to contribute to ASSET through a secure PayPal payment. The feedback we have received so far on this new online donation system has been very positive and several have already taken advantage of this convenient way to contribute towards a cause near and dear to them. It is our hope that this will boost our fundraising efforts and allow us to help even more Ugandan students.

During our most recent trip to Uganda we met even more students who understood that being in need wasn’t enough – they understood that they had to work hard and achieve good results. In other words, the students we support through ASSET know that they need to show themselves to be worthy investments; show themselves to each be an ASSET.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New beads!

The ASSET team met with some of our bead-makers on the ground in Uganda. We have a beautiful new selection of beads in!

Interested in getting involved with the Bead to Read program? Email for more information about ordering beads or helping us raise funds by selling the beads.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Updates from the ASSET Leadership Symposium 2010

There are several words that could be used to describe the ASSET Leadership Symposium of 2010; but the one that most easily comes to mind is "exciting".

It was a fun filled day that brought ASSET's brilliant students and hard working staff together for a combination of serious discussion, good food, energetic interaction and lots of photos.

The sessions were designed to be short and sweet, allowing for questions and contributions as they arose. Topics of discussion included:
- An overview of ASSET's vision, mission and structure
- A session on what part the students and staff play in working towards ASSET's vision
- Career guidance - including special sessions on communication skills and how to write a good resume
- The importance of networking
- The launch of the ASSET Scholars Network

The students thought the sessions were helpful and we thought the symposium was a tremendous success. We will be posting several more pictures from this first of many such forums. Many thanks to those whose commitment to our students has made this work possible.