History of the VCAYA Bar Crawl:

Our first bar crawl was held in June 2014 to raise funds to build an inclusive school in Opucet Village, Uganda.  On July 1, 2014 we broke ground for the school and the foundation was laid.  In May 2015 we had a second bar crawl to build the walls of the school. The 2015 Bar Crawl was a huge success too.  The beam and roof were next to be installed and we were learning a lot about building practices in Uganda.  

At this point, over 200 students were attending the Silver Memorial Inclusive Learning and Education Center (SMILE). Finally in May 2016 we hosted our 3rd bar crawl and with the help of the Penn Hills Rotary, we were able to complete the school by installing the roof! We're pretty sure that this is the only school in Uganda that was built by bar crawls. ​​


5th Annual Bar Crawl on the Southside of Pittsburgh​   MAY 3, 2019  6pm - 9pm



Improving the lives of vulnerable children

We will Begin our crawl at Claddagh in the Southside Works at 6:00 pm 

IF you've joined us before, you know that these Times are approximate

           Claddagh - 407 Cinema Drive Pittsburgh (6:00 - 6:45)

           Excuses - 2526 E Carson St, Pittsburgh (about 6:45 - 7:30)

           Over the Bar Bicycle Cafe - 2518 East Carson Street (about 7:30 - 8:15)

           Library - 2302 East Carson Street (about 8:15 - 9:00)

Can't make it to the bar crawl but still want to help? Please contact us or send a tax deductible donation: 


                      Mail to:         VCAYA, 3929 Laurel Oak Circle, Murrysville, PA 15668

                                             Make checks payable to: VCAYA 

                     

                      Donate online:  


What is a bar crawl?  A bar crawl is typically a huge group of participants visiting multiple bars in a single afternoon/evening for a good cause!  Participants make a donation to the cause and receive a t-shirt for the event.  Everyone wearing the t-shirt during the designated time at participating bars may receive food and drink specials.

The Watotos Got Talent Program is partially funded by an award from Carlow University's President’s Excellence Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity Fund: Experiential Learning and Research Grants


This year's bar crawl will support a school program to combat Gender Based Violence (GBV) & to drill another clean water well

The education of girls is not typically valued more than the physical labor that they can provide. Contributing factors include (1) cultural norms that increase the likelihood of girls dropping out of school when they begin menstruation, (2) limitation in career opportunities tied to gender, (3) scarcity of resources, and (4) extreme poverty.

Our extensive experience over the past six years working in Ugandan schools and communities provides us with a unique perspective on their instructional practices and their cultural norms. After numerous meetings and conversations initiated by community leaders and school administrators who understand the challenges of promoting change, we developed an approach to address these challenges that aligns with current Ugandan teaching practices and the mission of Carlow University.

2018 Wine to Water with Single Barrel event brought clean water to Kanyanga & Chodong Villages. 2019 Bar Crawl brought clean water to the villages of the Matata Swamp. 

The effects of gender-based violence (GBV) result in devastating conditions for girls and women in rural regions in Uganda. GBV includes domestic violence in homes and schools as well as physical abuse and rape; but it also extends to child marriage, early pregnancy, and human trafficking. 

We understand that engaging & educating the entire community is essential for sustainable long-term change. The arts are woven into the fabric of Ugandan people and the tapestry of Uganda culture. Our approach harnesses their passion for the arts with the intent to shift attitudes toward the value of education for girls. The 24-week educational program targets male and female students in all levels of primary and secondary education and begins these important conversations around gender in Primary 1 (age 5-6 years). This initiative focuses on students attending six schools (4 primary and 2 secondary) in the Bukedea District. Utilizing a GBV curriculum co-created by Carlow students, Carlow faculty & subject matter experts, teams of Ugandan facilitators are working within schools to explore age-appropriate themes, develop a stance, and create an arts-based performance that expresses a new way of thinking around gender equity addressing the value of girls and women. Facilitator teams are comprised of women from the community who are survivors of gender-based violence. They have been trained in the dramatic arts through the Bukedea Drama Club.

Our hope is that this program will build confidence and self-determination of girls thereby creating a new culture of opportunity for them. The culminating event – Watotos Got Talent – will showcase the works of the students in a competition format in which they will compete for category prizes and a grand prize.  Inviting the community to attend the competition will build technical capacity and be instrumental in changing perceptions and shifting community perspectives. The Watotos Got Talent show is scheduled to take place during our visit to Uganda on July 26th. This is an all day event produced by Kevin with the help of our Uganda 2019 team:  Sean O'Rourke, Dane Morris, Erin O'Rourke, Margo Dolgos and Susan.