Alfred Monte of Fox Rothschild Leads Charity Effort in UgandaJuly 2, 2008
© July 2008, The Legal Intelligencer, author Paul Sommers.
During a two-week mission trip to the Musoto region of Uganda in the summer of 2006, Pennsylvania attorney Alfred "Fred" Monte and his church, the Calvary Church of Souderton, Pa., encountered people and conditions that would change their lives. Two years later, a new project is under way that will help put an end to some of the problems that plague the community including disease, poverty and civil war.
Monte, a partner in the Blue Bell, Pa., office of Fox Rothschild, is quickly becoming a leader not only in complex commercial litigation but also in his unique pro bono efforts. His firm has combined forces with the African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (A.L.A.R.M.) and Gospel Outbound to rebuild a primary school in Uganda with an attached "microbusiness" to help propel the people of the region to become educated and self-sufficient.
Currently, a mainstay of the Musoto people is the brewing of moonshine, or gin, starting at a young age, Monte said. The new microbusiness will focus on animal husbandry, he said, so that bartering and selling will not lead to a continuation of black-market sales and undisciplined work ethic.
The organizations have begun fundraising efforts and have raised $37,000 of the projected $150,000 necessary to pay for adjacent land for the microbusiness and completion of work construction, Monte said. The end product will be a completely re-built primary school with seven classrooms, wood floors and sanitary restrooms — a massive upgrade from the current dirt floors and outhouses. In a year's time, fundraising and construction should be complete.
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