Here are a few organization we’ve worked with that always appreciate support.

Uganda Crafts :: Uganda’s oldest fair trade craft business run by friend and mentor, Betty Kinene. Lauren spent time working here in 2006 and 2008-2009.


Refugee Law Project :: Connected to Makerere University’s Faculty of Law, the RLP works with refugees and internally displaced people in Uganda. They do research and advocacy, as well as provide legal and education services to the refugee population in the country. Jon worked here during his Fulbright year.

Awava :: Our friend Kate started this fair trade business while we were living in Kampala. Awava works with a number of local artisan groups throughout Uganda to create unique and fun products.

Papula Paper :: Another fair trade venture, Papula Paper works with people with disabilities in Mpigi, Uganda to create recycled paper products. Fun fact: Lauren named this group!

Peace Kawomera Coffee :: One more fair trade addition! Peace Kawomera Cooperative is a farmers’ coffee cooperative in Eastern Uganda which brings together Muslim, Christian, and Jewish farmers to grow delicious fair trade, organic coffee. Beyond inspiring. (And their coffee’s good too!)

Interfaith Youth Core :: IFYC builds mutual respect among young people from different religious and moral traditions by empowering them to engage together in their communities. Lauren spent a fantastic year working here as a NU Public Interest Program fellow.




Connections for the Homeless :: Connections runs a variety of efforts to combat homelessness in Evanston, IL, including Hilda’s Place – a transitional shelter located inside Lake Street Church.



Carpenter’s Place :: The Carpenter’s Place in Rockford, IL provides a range of comprehensive supports for homeless individuals. Its run by Allan Barsema and his wife, Cathy, who both have an inspring story of human redemption and empowerment.