ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples
The ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples was founded by Dr. Louis Picard and Pauline Greenlick. Dr. Picard has been actively involved in African issues since 1965 and has continued his involvement in Africa to the present day. His work in Uganda began while he was assigned to Uganda as a Peace Corps volunteer. At that time his friendship with the late Honorable Manuel Pinto began when they were both teachers at the Aga Khan Secondary School in Masaka. Throughout the decades they continued their friendship until Pinto’s untimely death in 2008. Dr. Picard became aware of Pinto’s involvement in Bright Kids Uganda Children’s home, as Co-Founder along with Victoria Nalongo Namusisi. At that time, with his desire to keep his long time friend’s spirit alive, Picard became interested in supporting the children’s home
In 2008, Dr. Picard, along with his wife Pauline Greenlick, visited Bright Kids Uganda Children’s Home, located in the Entebbe area. It was at this point they made a decision to support the vision and mission of Victoria Nalongo Namusisi, the Director of the home. Initially, they were active in the Bright Kids Uganda USA non-profit, providing support in educational, medical and sustainable project needs of the home. In 2015 they wanted to reach out to several additional organizations closely associated with Bright Kids Uganda and they decided to establish the ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples, a non-profit organization in the USA. Through this USA based non-profit, Picard and Greenlick continue to support Bright Kids Uganda Children’s Home. In addition, the ASA Social Fund currently supports three other Uganda based organizations: The Great Kings and Queens Children Centre founded by Bugembe Medi who is a Bright Kids Uganda graduate and now is Director of his own children home and school; United Against Gender Violence/The Blessed Survivors, providing love and support to those impacted by acid attacks and gender violence; and ACD, Advocates for Children with Disabilities, a parent group composed of parents who have children with disabilities and meet at Bright Kids monthly coordinated by a Bright Kids staff member.
Dr. Lou Picard, Pauline Greenlick, & Victoria Nalongo Namusisi
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Victoria Nalongo Namusisi & kids at BKU
The mission of the ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples is to provide financial support for vulnerable and fragile children and adults who are impacted by extreme poverty, civil strife, abandonment, gender violence, disfigurement and physical disabilities. These peoples are not served by the Uganda social support system. The ASA focus is on the basic human, health and educational needs of these hidden peoples including, but not limited to:
• Parents of children who are disabled and have special needs
• Women and children who are victims of gender violence
• Children who are homeless, victims of conflict, HIV/AIDS
and/or impacted by extreme poverty.
As part of our mission, The ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples makes grants to qualified individuals and entities abroad. We do not provide funding to parties prohibited by OFAC. We maintain ongoing relationships with our beneficiaries, and we require information on the ways in which our funding is used, so that we can ensure that funded activities are in line with not only our own organizational goals and principles, but also IRS requirements that foreign programs are substantially similar to programs which would be 501(c)(3)-eligible if they took place in the U.S.