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Highlights from BULA’s 11th Annual Cocktail Party

On September 9. 2017, BULA hosted its 11th Annual BULA Cocktail Party. This year, BULA highlighted the findings from its Uganda Care Leavers survey, in partnership with Alternative Care Initiatives. In case you missed it or would like to relive one of our favorite events, we’re proud to highlight a few key moments here. This year, BULA focused on providing its guests with a more interactive and participatory experience at the Cocktail Party. Upon entering the event,  guests took the opportunity to write postcards to their friends and family explaining why they cared about BULA’s work and encouraging them to visit the website to learn more. For those who wanted to...

Introducing Uganda Care Leavers

By Mai Nambooze In 2016, BULA and our partner in Uganda, Alternative Care Initiatives (ACI), launched an amazing programme called ‘Ugandan Care Leavers’ (UCL). This programme aims to bring together, network and support those children, now young adults, who spent some or most of their childhood growing up in a child care institution (also known as orphanage, children’s home, baby home or children’s village.) BULA and ACI firmly believe that children belong in families and the research shows institutional care to be damaging to children, particularly for the younger children during the early years of development. Children growing up in institutions are more likely to suffer from poor health, physical...

The 10 Mile Run to the Brewery, Jan. 16, 2016

For the sixth year in a row, the Blue Point Brewery hosted Sayville Running Company’s 10 Mile run to the Brewery – raising funds for BULA, Patchogue Medford Youth and Community Services, and a local food pantry. This year, over 1300 runners completed the race in what was unexpectedly delightful weather. Hundreds of volunteers managed the course, directed parking, served food, kept the after party tents clean, and helped keep the event running smoothly. The race organizers did yet another outstanding job in putting on the most desirable race on the island. Race Director, Ric DiVeglio, made sure every detail of the race from set up to take down was...