The Kimbra Foundation will hold a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, May 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Royal Palm Beach.
A nonprofit organization, the mission of the foundation is to nurture and support the underserved children of Uganda, one of the poorest nations in the world, by providing them with basic necessities, including food, shelter, clothing and a solid educational base.
Kimbra’s co-founders, Dr. Al Sears and Miss Uganda 2004-05 Barbara Kimbugwe, will be hosting the event.
“As a child growing up in Kampala, Uganda, I came from a modest home, but was blessed to have a loving family, food, shelter, clothing and education,” Kimbugwe said. “But there were so many children who were not so fortunate. I didn’t have to travel far from my town to witness extreme poverty. My goal has been to use my influence as Miss Uganda to raise money and help these precious children.”
The Kimbra Foundation concentrates its efforts in the underserved rural areas of Kampala, the largest city and capital of Uganda. Here, some of the worst health conditions can be found due to harsh conditions and limited resources. Like many regions throughout Africa, Uganda suffers from widespread disease and malnutrition.
Sears, a local medical physician and health rights advocate, has traveled to Uganda and witnessed first-hand how a family’s struggle just to survive and provide the basic necessities can hinder a child’s ability to get an education. “When we support the community with their basic needs such as food, fresh water, shelter and medical care… we are improving the lives of the children and opening doors so they can get a proper education,” Sears said. “By nurturing these young children and providing them with support in their education and personal growth, we are not only helping them as individuals… but we’re also helping the entire community by developing the leaders of the future.”
The grand opening will be a celebration and announcement of the Kimbra Foundation’s official launch. For more information, call Sandy DeRose at (561) 899-1404 or Jennifer Moran at (561) 899-1387, or visit www.kimbrafoundation.org.