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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bakka- 2 more wells ( bore holes)

In June our job was to determine where bore holes should be placed for future building.
Our God is so amazing we have completed the 3rd well providing fresh clean water  in the zone of Kimogo/ Konjojie last week and are in the process of completing the 4th one in zone of  Bujukko/ Musabba! 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Bakka in a month

In one month, I will be leaving for my 10th visit to Uganda since 2008.  I love the people of Bakka with all of my heart and I am looking forward to seeing them.

In June  our mission was to identify potential bore hole sites.  We visited 4 site the land was donated to Kisoboka.  This week we will be completing the 3rd bore hole in the village in the zone of Kongojie  and starting the 4th in the zone of Bujukko!  Praise God for this Amazing Blessing!

This October our focus is Education improvement. (22) seventh grade students are sleeping on a cement floor.  The students are studying day and night praying they pass the high school entrance exam.
Goal is  to raise fund for $1,200.00 for  12 double beds for the children to sleep on! We have a donation for 1 only 11 more needed.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The seeds have been planted the harvest is coming!!!

My prayer this weekend, Lord I have been planting seeds, when will there be a harvest!

 God gently pointed the Harvest is happening and it will multiply 10times!    It is dream come true! When I started the sponsorship program in 2009, my dream was to educate and train the children of Bakka, enabling them to provide for themselves.
The village average education is 4th grade.  A few parent/ guardians attended first year of High School, none had graduated.  Most reported they did not have the school fees to attend.

2015 The Harvest!
 Our first sponsored children is now an auto mechanic, earning enough money to provide for himself, while he continues training! He never dreamed of the possibility he was not a good student.  When he failed the high school entrance exam he thought he was nothing. We offered the opportunity to provide him with training.  He picked mechanics.   He is now celebrating his skills and his ability to earn a living.  Making his dream a reality cost $2,000 over 6 years 2009- 2015   His primary education – 3rd through 7th grade and 2 years of mechanic training.

Our first candidate for College.  Peter and his grandmother still can't believe it is a possibility!  They are so grateful! Peter is studying very hard and dreaming very BIG!

Kisoboka is supporting 50 students in high school. They already have more education than most parents and guardians in the village!  They are dreaming of becoming lawyers, doctors, nurses, accountant, pilots, drivers and so much more!

Kisoboka has  (27) 7th graders preparing to take the High School entrance exam in November. These children are living at school and studying day, night and weekend without break.  The test they have to take is a government test. The schools in the Village do not have the supplies or resources to provide the standard of education the children will be tested at.  I can't imagine the stress!

2016 our High School students will grow to (77) students.

This is an amazing harvest praise God from whom all blessings flow.   
I am continuing to pray for a harvest of Sponsors one for every child. When this happens we will be able to exceed the Government requirement.  


Monday, August 10, 2015

My Prayer- Every child sponsored

Kisoboka- It is Possible!

My prayer every child at Kisoboka Academy has a sponsor. 385 children  all having a muzugu to love.   When this goal is achieved we will  make a significant difference.  The children will have school supplies, books and desks to sit at.
We would be able to pay the teachers a decent salary lifting them out of poverty. The children would have more than porridge for lunch.   The dreams and the possibilities are endless.........

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Kisoboka- It is possible! Loving the Village of Bakka

Just returning from my 9th visit to Uganda, the team I lead is different every time.  The work we need to do is different.  I am continually humbled by the families in Bakka, their lives are filled with endless manual labor.

Our visits  number one priority,  to identify potential sites for additional  Bore Holes in the 6 zones, that currently don't have a clean source of water.  This required us to go deeper into the bush than I've been in the past.    We met with families willing to donate their land for this gift to the village.  They are currently getting their water from stagnant puddles, no more than 8 inches deep. The need is so great and seeing their water source in person is overwhelming.  Picture on the side.

During the week we visited several families, helped a 15 year old girl with a baby find a job.  Visited several schools and gave out shirts and sweaters that were donated.  Held a deworming day for children and their families. Matt and Fred played a song they wrote at the deworming event.  We walked through the village and passed out dolls, balls, jump ropes and had fun with the children.
We were known by the children in the village as the sweetie van,  we passed out sweeties (lollipops ) from the van every day. When we saw a child on the road Matt, Fred and Julie would yell sweetie and toss them a sweetie.  All the children's faces would light up with the brightest smiles.  A sweetie is a rare treat.

On Saturday we brought 7 children that are in the 7th grade on a shopping spree.  These children's sponsors sent them money.  They were all given the money the sponsors sent they could spend it however they wanted.  They will be talking about this day for a long time.  All 7 purchase a new outfit and shoes and had money left over.   Why did we select only 7, we had to limit the number of children based on the van capacity, 7 with the team made the van 2 over capacity.
For all other sponsored children  we either gave  the money to the child  based on their age or we delivered it to their parents. 

We attended Church at New Harvest Christian Church.  We were reminded how dangerous the world is when we had to be scanned before entering the church.  I failed the scan, my bug spray can set off the detector.  We brought greetings to the church and Matt and Fred played the song they wrote for the children.  The church liked it so much they chanted for an encore.

Monday the children of Kisoboka Academy had a presentation for us.  They had traditional singing and dancing, put on a skit of HIV awareness.  Matt and Fred played their song for the assembly.  The children loved it and joined in singing and clapping.  

We wrapped up the week in the village meeting with the Chairman and the Police.  It is important that we keep them involved with the work we are doing.   It is important they support our work and we are on the right path meeting the needs of the village.

A week is never long enough so much more work to do.  So much more to learn,  I am already praying for our next visit.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Uganda here we come

Today we leave for Uganda. We request prayers for travel mercies, safety and good health.
I am leading a team of young adults that have never traveled out of the USAIt is going to be an adventure of a life time for themSome of the things we will be doing.

  • Visiting with many family and friends in Bakka, Makindye and Mukono
  • Deworming the village of Bakka
  • Visiting Kisoboka Academy and Shalom Restoration School
  • Attending  the wedding of Juliet and Kalvin
Pictures and posts will be coming!

Friday, June 5, 2015

June 15th Mission Trip - Leaving in 11 days!

Hello, Muli mutya; Supporters of Kisoboka!
Our Mission Team will be leaving for Uganda on June 15th.  We request your prayers for;
  • Travel mercies. We leave on Monday night around 9:00 pm and arrive Tuesday night at 11:00 pm. Returning on June 23rd around 11:pm arriving home on Wednesday the 24th around noontime.
  • Health protection
  • Safety
  • Our work to be a blessing sent by God. 
Many people have asked what is needed.  We provide a months supply of soap to every home we visit.  The cost is $20.00 a day, donations to help with this would be wonderful.
Lollipops- A donation  has been provided to purchase enough for the week!
 We would like to purchase or have donated 6 (deflated if donated) Soccer balls and basket balls.    The cost  in Uganda ~$45.
Sponsors, we still have some space in our luggage if you would like to send a small gift to your sponsored child please send it as soon as possible.  If you plan on send money please let me know how much so I can record it in the records I bring with me.  Thank you to all the sponsors that have already sent gifts and donations, they are all packed!

Thank you for all of your love and support!  It is an honor to go and bring love and hope to the village of Bakka and to our supporting team in Makindye!
 Nalongo Gwoyagala Mom Sandy :)