November 29, 2018  

To our dear community near and far,

We are so incredibly grateful for the outpouring of love and support that we felt at Tuesday night’s BELA MUSANA. After many months of work to get our story out into the world, it is a true blessing to feel that that story has been heard, felt, and appreciated. 

From Matt and Griff’s beautiful, funny, provocative, and deep performance to the stunning, ethically sourced clothing and products that Rachel Young and Accompany Us brought together in the pop-up shop, from the strong showing of our Board of Directors to the powerful presence of our Host Committee and their friends, the night was a huge success.

BELA MUSANA was a call to action to us all, to be the light, to do what we can, and to remember our shared humanity. The people in the room last night, and our generous supporters far and wide, answered that call. 

We raised critical funds that will equip our health center and sew school with solar panels, pay our sew school and health center staff for a year, buy four new sewing machines, and help fund Cedric Mizero, Paper Fig Fellow, as he pursues his studies with the British Fashion Council. 

Once the health center has power, it is our goal to begin work on the maternity wing of the health center. We hope to ride of the momentum of last evening to find major donors who can help us with this crucial aspect of holistic support in Kasese, Uganda.

You are now connected by the Invisible Thread. You are now stitched into the fabric of our community. Please read our stories here on our web site: You can find out all about Medrine, the teacher at the sew school, or Dr. Joseph at the health center. You can learn about Cedric and see images of his work, and you can see how Paper Fig Foundation is involved in finding fresh talent at Kampala Fashion Week through the Uganda Seed Project. 

If you want to go even deeper, check out our Trips page, and contact us if you’re interested in joining our next Yoga with a Purpose journey, for yogis and non-yogis alike, which is coming late winter/early spring 2019.

Please stay in touch with us. Each person in that room last night, and each person who has supported us along the way, is a part of the fabric. We are all connected.

With gratitude,

Laurie DeJong and the Paper Fig Foundation