Monday, August 25, 2014

Nzirambi Photo Exhibition Fundraiser

Nzirambi, an intimate glimpse into the lives of orphaned children in Uganda as captured by leading Canadian photographer Johan Hallberg-Campbell, is slated to open at CONTACT Gallery. This multimedia art exhibition will be unveiled Nov. 21 during a fundraiser for the Nzirambi orphanage -- home to more than 120 orphaned and vulnerable children living at the this Ugandan family-run centre.

You’re invited!

Tickets for the Nzirambi photo exhibition fundraiser on Nov. 21 are on sale now:

Event includes wine, beer, food, silent auction and an incredible art exhibition.

All proceeds go toward helping boys and girls from the Nzirambi orphanage go to university.


Special thank you to our event sponsors:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sponsorship request for upcoming event

Dear friends,

On Oct. 24, 2014, the Nzirambi Education Fund will be hosting a photo exhibition/silent auction fundraiser at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival gallery in Toronto. More than 100 people are expected to attend this special event to show their support for the boys and girls of the Nzirambi orphanage in Uganda.

The exhibition includes the work of renowned Toronto photographer Johan Hallberg-Campbell who recently travelled to the orphanage. Through his images, we hope to inspire our supporters by sharing the stories of the children whose lives they are making a difference in.

I hope you will consider showing your support for Nzirambi Education Fund, by offering a gift for a silent auction.

We are particularly looking for gifts that will be suitable for our targeted demographic: Toronto based food lovers, arts and photography enthusiasts, social media communities, and general interest items such as travel, spa, restaurant, shopping. Our target audience will be age 35+, with 60% of the attendees being women.

All sponsors will be included on an invitation that will be emailed to thousands through the CONTACT Photography Festival, Nzirambi and Johan Hallberg-Campbell membership lists. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premier cultural event in Toronto, sponsored by Scotiabank. Sponsors will be recognized through name or logo recognition on our day-of-event signage, as well as through our vast social media networks.

Your gift, which will be used in the silent auction at the fundraiser, will go a long way toward helping us reach our goal to raise $15,000 in 2014 so that we can ensure the children at the orphanage will be able to attend senior levels of education. To date, the Nzirambi Education Fund has raised more than $60,000 to fund 8 children from the orphanage in university, college, vocational programs, and senior levels of high school.

In 2014, our Fund will support five young women in university and one boy finishing his final year of high school. Higher levels of education are especially critical for these children, giving them additional resources to become leaders in their communities and break free of the cycle of poverty that has defined their families for far too long.

Check out this video about the orphanage.

Karen Snider,
Nzirambi Education Fund 416 518 2844 / @karensnider

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Getting a jumpstart on school

At the Nzirambi orphanage, small children get a jumpstart on their education and are tutored before they reach the age of starting regular school. Check out these cute photos:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Good Karma Meditation- Feb 15

Valentine’s Day Meditation Workshop Fundraiser

Join us Saturday, Feb. 15, for a special hour-long meditation workshop with meditation/yoga instructor Vandana Juneja.

Meditation: A Walk Through the Chakras Check in with your heart post-Valentine’s Day! Lay back, relax, and sink into your mat as you are guided through a healing meditation to balance each of the seven chakras, with a focus on Anahata, the heart chakra. This warm, healing journey will leave you calm and centered, ready to face the days ahead with an open heart.

This special class is a fundraiser to help children from an orphanage in Uganda go to school. The Nzirambi Education Fund currently sponsors five young women in university and one young man in his final year of high school, all of whom have grown up at the Nzirambi Orphanage.

Who can come: This class is suitable for anyone interested in meditation; new or experienced.

When: Feb. 15 from 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Where: Toronto Yoga Mamas, 1402 Queen Street East, Suite D, Phone: 416 406 0116

What you need: Yoga mat, comfortable clothing, water. Also, bring a writing journal if you wish. TIP: Dress in layers to stay warm as body temperatures tend to lower during meditation.

Admission: Pay-what-you-can donation. All donations will go directly to helping orphaned children go to school. You can make a donation with credit card on paypal on this blog, or by emailing (Suggested donation: $10-$20). Please RSVP to reserve your space

About the instructor: Vandana aspires to a healthy body, focused mind, and open heart, and is inspired by the power of yoga and meditation to transform these three pillars of life. “Yoga and meditation teach me so much, not only on the mat, but in everyday life. My practice helps me to cultivate joy, relieves stress, and encourages me to live mindfully in the present moment.” She seeks to empower students, encouraging a light-hearted, nurturing, non-competitive environment for personal growth. Drawn to find a deeper understanding of the mind/body connection, Vandana is combining her studies with the Coaches Training Institute based in California with her meditation practice to offer a guided meditation experience to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. She teaches yoga, pilates, meditation and various workshops across the city. In her day job, Vandana enjoys working for a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Ellen from Kampala

Ellen Kabugho is a very sweet and smart young women. She had one large hurdle to overcome in her life: she was born a girl. According to some members of her family, this makes her unworthy of receiving a full education. Some of her brothers had left home and moved to the city for good paying jobs but refuse to contribute to her school fees, just because she is a girl. While Ellen’s family was never well off, after her father died, her family’s situation got worse and there was less food in the house. Some days she went to bed very hungry, having only had dried tea leaves to eat.

Ellen struggled to get through her senior levels of high school; she suffered hallucinations from untreated pneumonia. But she kept trying. And she worked so hard that she was accepted to university in 2013. The Nzirambi Education Fund pays for the university fees. To support Ellen and the rest of the students click this link. Thank you.