We’ve Got S.O.U.L. – And Everyone Knows It

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHICAGO, IL – Vis-à-vis Creative is proud to receive the 2012 Silver W3 Award for Design of the S.O.U.L. Uganda Web site (www.souluganda.org). This award draws attention to the recently launched site, which works to promote the organization’s mission, needs, and success stories.

S.O.U.L. Uganda focuses on improving education, women’s empowerment, food security and health in the African nation of Uganda. The namesake, derived from the phrase “Supporting Opportunities for Ugandans to Learn,” is carried out through a variety of programs. From fostering sustainable livestock initiatives to supporting local midwives, from student sponsorship to village business cooperatives focused on women, S.O.U.L. Uganda has made efforts to reach every corner of the community it serves. The new site was created to highlight each of these efforts, increase exposure, and invite involvement.

The site is built with a comprehensive Content Management System (CMS), and also features an e-commerce plug-in to sell jewelry and accessories made by the women of Bujagali Falls, Uganda, where the foundation’s African headquarters is located. Items are sold under the banner “The Mulungi Collection.” The money generated through the site goes directly back to pay for expenses on the ground.

Brooke Stern, Founder of S.O.U.L., approves: “We’ve come a long way, and it’s been amazing to watch this foundation grow. Spreading the word about our work is key to ensuring we can make a difference here in Uganda. Creating a website seemed like the next logical step for us, and we are so proud to unveil our new site, which is wonderful.”

 

Vis-à-vis Creative Managing Partner George Simkins notes, “It has been a delight to work with Brooke, her family, and the foundation. Their stories and photographs power the textures and colors featured in the site design – we wanted to re-create the experience of being in Uganda with these people, so volunteers could actually imagine themselves abroad with the team. We couldn’t be more proud of the organization, and we’re excited to receive this award on behalf of those who work so hard for others.”

The W3 Awards honor creative excellence on the Web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning Websites, Web Video and Online Marketing programs. (Visit www.w3award.com)

About S.O.U.L. Uganda
The S.O.U.L. Foundation (“Supporting Opportunities for Ugandans to Learn”) in a non-profit organization founded by then 23 year old Brooke Stern and her father, Kenneth Stern, in 2009. The organization’s mission is as follows: We work to foster sustainable and vibrant Ugandan communities through unique partnerships focused on education, women’s empowerment, food security and health. For more information, visit www.souluganda.org.

About Vis-à-vis Creative Concepts
Vis-a-vis Creative is a strategic marketing, advertising and design firm, based in Chicago, with a reputation for award-winning work that stirs the imagination and produces tangible results. For more information, visit www.visaviscreative.com.

Contact:
George Simkins
Vis-à-vis Creative Concepts, Inc.
(312) 281-9922 x101
george.simkins@visaviscreative.com

Brooke Stern
S.O.U.L. Foundation
brookstern@souluganda.org

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