Paso High alumni starts business to benefit struggling village in Uganda
– Paso Robles High School alumni Lindee Daniel has created a unique business concept that helps change lives of underprivileged people living in Uganda.
Daniel plans to take donations of wedding and bridesmaid dresses from here in the states, and use them to create the inventory for the project, Village Art Bridal Boutique in Fort Portal, Uganda, where they will be rented or sold.
The revenue generated from the boutique will benefit Bringing Hope to the Family, an organization operating an orphanage, schools, a medical clinic and sustainable farming, which all bring hope to this community affected by disease, and poverty. It provides a safe, loving, environment for orphaned and vulnerable children, inspiring these children to break the cycle of poverty in their lives and raise them up to be leaders providing opportunities to attend nursery, primary and secondary schools, according to Daniel. Many of the children also have the opportunity to attend university.
Daniel moved to Paso Robles just in time to begin the sixth grade at Flamson Middle School, where she quickly became involve with drama, sports and the student council. “Mr. Jordan was one of my 7th grade teachers and mentors, and we are still in touch to this day,” said Daniel.
“I started my first job the Summer before high school at the new frozen yogurt shop opened by Brett Butterfield, who remained my boss throughout high school as I worked for him in his restaurant and at the Fair during the Summer. We are also in touch still to this day,” she said.
While attending PRHS, Daniel was a student council representative with the National Parent Teacher Association, was on the swim team, played soccer, had the lead in a school play, and put on the first large fashion show.
“I had aspirations to have my own international business one day,” she said. “I was intrigued by commerce, and even though I had never traveled outside of the U.S., I knew I would one day.”
Donations are being accepted now through July 31. To donate a wedding dress, bridesmaid dress, and other bridal items, or to gift financial support, visit everydayhero.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.