2016-07-01 / Community

Shilla’s Table to raise funds for Uganda

Spend an evening with Shilla Adyero, a P.E.O. Sisterhood International Peace Scholarship recipient and Rotarian, as she cooks a meal native to her home country, Uganda, and shares stories about her efforts to make Uganda a better place for its children and women.

Adyero developed a community library under the organization of Lutino Adunu (lutino.org), her nonprofit organization in Uganda. She has also created a youth soccer league where she encourages young people to talk openly about HIV and AIDS, and other issues that face Ugandans. She is starting a new project called the Atek Pad that would provide reusable sanitary towels to the girls and women of Uganda. They don’t have access to this simple item, which leads young girls to drop out of school or marry older men who can provide these items.

Adyero recently earned her master’s degree in sustainable development and goes back to Africa in late July to implement what she’s learned. She has developed a board of directors with members throughout New England, including Biddeford, and intends to make Lutino Adunu a nonprofit organization within the United States by the times she returns home.

Adyero’s goal is to raise at least $1,000 per fundraising event, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in Biddeford. Cost is $40 per person.

She’s is about $5,000 away from reaching her $10,000 goal that would get the Atek Pad project off the ground. She’s also fundraising to purchase a four-wheeldrive vehicle in Africa that will allow her to reach rural populations.

To RSVP, email mollylovell63@hotmail.com or call 632-7475.

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