Students stage concert to benefit Ugandans

Proceeds will finance micro-loans

Sara Weinman first learned about Uganda not from a textbook or documentary, but from a young African burn victim named Susan who was receiving treatment in the United States.

After her family housed the girl on behalf of doctors providing medical care in that poverty-struck country, Weinman became enthralled with Uganda and the efforts being made to help its people.

Now, the Bethlehem High School sophomore is organizing a fundraiser to do her own part. As a co-founder of Engeye Teen Connectionan offshoot of a group dedicated to providing medical care and educational opportunities to the residents of one Ugandan villageshe and classmate Adriana King are organizing their first fundraiser to get ETC into the business of helping others.

"I wanted to get more involved with it," Weinman said of ETC. "We were trying to do little things here and there, so we figured, why not form our own thing?"

The group will be hosting a "Cafe Night" at the Journey Journey United Church of Christ Saturday, June 26, with proceeds going to help provide craftmaking supplies for women in the village of Ddegeya. By making baskets or jewelry, the women can earn money while still being at home with their children, said King.

"Right now, we are focusing mainly on the women in Uganda and helping them make a living for their families," she said.

The crafts they make will be picked up by Engeye teams traveling to the area and brought back to the States, where ETC will sell them. It's a micro-loan system, where the investment will get paid back after the benefit is established.

"They're going to fully pay us back, and when we get paid back we'll lend the money to someone else, and it will just keep going around," Weinman said.

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