LITTLE BIG PORTRAIT of GABRIELLE CRUMP
Gabrielle and the children
Gabrielle & Martin
A little girl in her dance outfit
Gabrielle Crump co-runs Chances for Children, a charity dedicated to orphans in Uganda, which raised over 73000 Euros in 2017. She told us how it all began and about her long-term vision of making the orphanage completely self-sustainable.
It all started with Facebook!
When we asked her how it all started, she laughed: “During a holiday in 2014, I was drinking some champagne by a friends’ pool and browsing on Facebook when I saw an appeal for a donation through some friends of mine. They had been volunteering in Uganda for a charity created by Martin Male, which was helping orphan children.” Gabrielle and her then boyfriend Russell funded the 2000 Euros that the charity needed and connected with Martin. Later that year, Russell and Gabrielle got married and as wedding gifts, asked their guests to donate to the charity, helping them to raise an additional 6000 Euros. This money was used to buy land and build a farm in order to grow crops to feed the children. A first step to sustainability.
Martin’s Male story
Martin had been an orphan since the age of 10 years old. He lived on the streets of Kampala trying to survive for 6 years. He then started work cleaning toilets in churches and other places and this is where he met a Ugandan lady, Jane. When he told her his story, Jane asked him to come and stay with her family for one night and he never ended up leaving. When he got older, it was clear for Martin that he wanted to do the same Jane had done for him and dedicate his life to give a family to the kids on the streets. He set up a charity called “His Mercy’s outreach centre”.
Chances for Children was born
At the end of 2014, Gabrielle and Russell decided to become more involved in the charity and to take over helping Martin to run and fund it. “His Mercy” became “Chances for Children” and was registered as a CBO (community based organisation). Gabrielle, Russell, Martin and Jane all registered on the board in Uganda. Since then, they have put all their energy in trying to improve the life of the 59 children living in the orphanage. In January 2015 they ran their first fund raising event in Valbonne, and in February they were able to build their own school and hire teachers so the children could get a proper education.
On their first visit to the orphanage that same month, Gabriel and Russell realised how bad the living conditions of the children were. They made a decision the children needed to move to a house with running water, electricity and flushing toilets as soon as possible and this became their number 1 priority. It finally became possible in May 2015. In 2016, after a couple of years of running the charity purely on funds raised through events they also launched a sponsorship program. You can sponsor a child for 75 Euros a month or co-sponsor one child for 37 Euros. “All the money collected goes to the kids; the only deduction is the transfer fee”-mentioned Gabrielle.
Heading to sustainability
It would take too long to list all the progress already made, but there is still a long way to go and Gabrielle has a clear vision. The orphanage is planning to be self-sustainable for food with a farm on site, and agriculture is taught at school so the children can learn how to grow and sell food. The team was also able to invest in music instruments in order to create a tribal dance troop and choir so that children can perform in public to raise money for the organisation, meaning the organisation would no longer rely 100% on donations and sponsorship. The next step will be to build their own private campus so eventually local children’s school fees can also help funding the orphanage. The road is still long but we have not doubt that with Gabrielle’s energy and passion, the children are in good hands!
More information or to donate: www.c4c.mc
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