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Group of graphic design students attempting the improbable. To raise $15,000 in 50 days to help construct a community center in Uganda.
david stairs
Mount Pleasant, Michigan
United States
16 Team Members

Update - Perk Photos




$15 - Fountain of Hope bracelet.


$100 - Fountain of Hope branded T-shirt.


$50 - Fountain of Hope Hand Printed Poster.


Fountain of Hope Rural Community Resource Center

We are a class of graphic design students, most of us entering our last semesters here at Central Michigan University. We were given a choice of what kind of project we wanted to work on for our capstone. David Stairs, our professor, came to us with the idea to help a community in Uganda that he has gotten to know over the years. None of us has ever had the opportunity to do something bigger than ourselves, so we were all in.

This project became important to each of us when we started going through the material that David had collected and began to build our campaign. If we achieve our goal of raising $15,000 in 50 days we will know that all the hard work will have paid off. You can help us and Fountain of Hope construct a rural community resource center in Wakiso District, Uganda. 


James Lutwama

The organization Fhope was started in 1990 by a man named James Lutwama. It is located within the infamous Luwero Triangle just north of Uganda's capital Kampala. This area is known for its 300,000 casualties of the 1981-1986 civil war that brought Yoweri Museveni to power.

James, a teacher by training, has purchased more than 15 acres of land in a fertile valley called Arcadia. He accomplished this by raising money through the planting of cash crops like pineapples and bananas. Also, with the help of a group called Designers Without Borders. With this land he hopes to eventually have a full rural community resource center for the people.

These people have been through a lot and they need help in order to build a community center allowing them a space for learning and growth. Together with DWB (http://www.designerswithoutborders.org/) we are attempting the improbable.



What We Need And What You Get

One of the problems in this district is the lack of access to education. James has been assisting war orphans and children of misfortune with tutoring and tuition assistance for many years. Another major underlying issue is poverty, a result of the past civil war and constant struggle against AIDS. In 2012 Fountain of Hope received a donation of 20,000 coffee starts from the Ugandan Coffee Development Authority for a local poverty alleviation project. James acquired architectural floor plans for a community space large enough to accomodate local gatherings.

In addition to one of our cool perks, you get the satisfaction of knowing you've helped James jump start this project and begin to realize his dream.


Don’t have the funds to donate?

Don’t worry. You can help us out by simply spreading the word. We are utilizing social media in order to bring knowledge about our campaign. Every like on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/FountainOfHopeUganda) and every follower on Twitter (@FHopeUganda) will help. Indiegogo also has one-click social media integration, direct email and announcement features make it easy to spread the word, raise awareness and help us increase funding.




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raised by 60 people in 1 month
25% funded
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Verified Nonprofit
$15,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on April 15, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Wallpaper & thank you video

    A designer will be creating a unique wallpaper for each donor. You will also receive a thank you video clip from the class. *Please provide your email

    3 claimed
  • $10USD
    A Fountain of Hope sticker

    You will be sent a customized Fountain of Hope sticker.

    2 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $15USD
    Fountain of Hope bracelet

    We will send you a handmade hemp bracelet with the words "Fountain of Hope" imprinted into one of the beads.

    24 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $20USD

    You will receive a handmade screen printed postcard.

    2 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $30USD
    Designers Without Borders hat

    A black baseball cap with the Designers Without Borders logo embroidered on it (DWB is our affiliate organization for this project).

    5 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $40USD
    DWB poster

    You will receive a poster created by a member of Designers Without Borders. *Donor will also receive postcard, bracelet, and Wallpaper.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $50USD
    Fountain of Hope poster

    A poster that represents an element of what Fountain of Hope stands for.

    5 out of 60 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $75USD
    DWB T-Shirt

    There are two different shirts we are giving away. One says "Will work for Serotonin," the other says "Multi-Taskers are Slowpokes." Designate size (S, M, L) and shirt.

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $100USD
    Fountain of Hope t-shirt

    A shirt with a sweet design representing Fountain of Hope.

    7 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $500USD
    Selection of all posters

    A selection of all the above posters

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $1,000USD
    18 karat Gold Etched Brick

    An actual brick that has been etched with the Fountain of Hope logo on one side covered in 18 karat gold. *Donor will also receive each of the T-shirts, bracelet, poster, postcard, DWB hat, and wallpaper.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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