Empowering Lives in Uganda: A Journey of Hope and Transformation

Brian with the Children of Uganda


I am back from Uganda, and I am thrilled to share the incredible progress we’ve made since my first trip to Uganda in May 2022. The warmth and kindness of the community have truly been a blessing, and together, we are making a significant impact on the lives of the women and children we serve. If you haven’t already, you can catch up on my initial experience here.

Transforming Lives: From Fields to Salons

During my first visit, I was approached with a heartfelt request – to help the women of this community kickstart a business. After careful consideration, we decided to focus on empowering the women through hairstyling. The goal was to not only enhance their skills but also encourage them to expand their clientele beyond their immediate circles.Charli with Women of Uganda

I am elated to share that more than 100 women have been trained and have ventured into areas where they can support themselves and their families. The salon not only provided them with a safer and more fulfilling work environment but also helped them rediscover their inner beauty and friendships, often lost in the toils of working in the fields.

The Impact on Women and Their Families

The testimonials from these women were nothing short of inspiring. They spoke of newfound confidence, financial independence, and the ability to provide for their children. It’s heartwarming to witness the ripple effect of empowerment as these women, armed with new skills, uplift others within their community.

The Chance Project is committed to biannual visits, in May and November, to nurture hope and foster growth. By supporting these women, we aim to offer children a chance for a better life through education and, most importantly, love.

Changing Lives, One Child at a Time

Lucky and Charli together smilingSpeaking of love, let me introduce you to Lucky, the first child I encountered on my journey. His infectious smile stole my heart, and I am dedicated to ensuring he receives the education and care he deserves. The Chance Project children, having benefited from our support, are now paying it forward by assisting others in their studies. Brian has cared for many children in Uganda through the Chance Project and he also supports several personally. They are part of “the family.” It was so wonderful to see the children I met on my first trip looking out for each other. It is great to have a relationship with these children as they let us know what they really need.

Next Steps: Tailoring Skills for a Brighter Future

While the salon initiative has flourished, we recognize that not every woman has the same interests. Therefore, our next step is to introduce tailoring and sewing skills. We plan to provide education on tailoring and supply sewing machines for the women to learn and eventually create clothing for sale in local markets. This additional avenue will further contribute to funding children’s school fees and, in the long run, empower these women to give back to others in need.

Charli with Women in Business in Uganda

The Story of Ruth and Naomi: A Guiding Light

Since May 2022, we’ve been studying the inspirational story of Ruth and Naomi from the Old Testament. This narrative beautifully underscores the power of women supporting one another, fostering empowerment, success, and joy. I firmly believe that blessings flow when our women are cared for and supported, as evidenced by the positive changes we’ve witnessed in Uganda.

Join Us This Giving Tuesday: Give the Gift of Empowerment

As we approach Giving Tuesday, I invite you to join me in supporting the Chance Project’s mission. Your donation will directly contribute to empowering these women with knowledge and skills, enabling them to better care for their families. Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a significant impact on the lives of those we serve.

The Chance Project is a non-profit 501c(3)

Support by mailing check or via Venmo Brian Winters @TheChanceProject 
Checks should be made out to:
The Chance Project
97 Arcadia Dr.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

Together, let’s continue this incredible journey of hope, transformation, and empowerment. Thank you for being a part of the Chance Project family and for making a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

With gratitude,