Thank you for the love and support that you are showing to children in Uganda!
Because of you, 411 children are able to go to school through the Bridges 4 Children program this year!
Because of you, 19 students are attending Nakaseke Teacher's College, and 9 are getting vocational training!
Now we're in the second term - about halfway through the school year. This is when students at Calvary Primary can get their hands dirty, learning to make things out of clay.
They've been learning about things that can be made in the community from the natural materials common to the area, like clay, banana fibers, sticks, and sisal. They made dolls, balls, ropes, and baskets from plant materials. They made pots, sauce pans, and water containers out of clay. Some even made toy cars and toy radios from clay. Pots were modeled after those used in Buganda and the Northern regions of Uganda.
It's good to see children discover new skills and interests as they work with their hands and try new things!
And you are making something great, too - YOU are making a big difference in children's lives!
Please join us on June 25th, when Microsoft YouthSpark is matching your donations by 100%! Your donations help children get the nutrition and education they need to for good health and a brighter future!
Matching starts exactly at noon EDT on June 25th - be sure to make your donation as close to that time as possible, because matching finds can run out fast!
As always, we thank God for you!
Do you know what you are accomplishing in the lives of children? Irene, one of your students in Uganda, wants you to know what she knows about school.
"Every child has right to go to school. I have a reason to go to school because I have a dream that I will be an important person. I water my dream with education and weed my dream to remove the weeds of bad friends. I will keep my dream until it comes to pass through the support given to me. Some children go to school to pass time but others have dreams and goals like me.
Children do need a lot of security and love and care. When we go to school we are protected from very many things, e.g rape, Aids, bad groups, drugs and becoming young mothers. There are many ways girls and boys are abused simply [because] they do not go to school. Some parents do not see children as important and do not provide basic needs for their children. Others have lost their parents, and others are poor so they can not get school fees. Some children drop out of school because of money .
With all support given to me I want build my future because today I'm young. In future I will be big and if I waste my time in future I will suffer. If I do not study today in future I will be poor. I have to work so hard and read so I make a better future.
With the help given I will finish and have my dream in Jesus' name."
Irene was very sick and nearly died last year, and many of you prayed with us for her recovery. God answered our prayers and also provided special fortified meals that helped her small body recover. We praise God for the hope she now has for her future!
Thank you for being a part of this ministry! Thank you for helping us dream!
Mark your calendar: on May 7th, you have the opportunity to get a 30% match for your donation on GlobalGiving!
Remember seeing your friends again on the first day of school? Our kids in Uganda started a new school year on Monday, and the week has been filled with hugs and squeals of delight.
Because of your generous donations, poverty won't be able to rob these children of their future. Instead, they'll be able to attend school and learn the skills and knowledge they'll need to become builders and leaders in their community. Calvary Primary School is filled to capacity, and sixteen Primary 7 students passed their Primary Leaving Exams, all with division 2 or higher grades (like a B+)!
As one of the girls recently wrote to her sponsor, "Thank you for everything you have done to make me wonderful and amazing."
TOUCH (The Outreach to Unfortunate Children's Hurts) has been helping children in Kampala since 1997. TOUCH Founder Sara Sebyala started with just one child and some help from her church - and now over 500 children are in school.
With the new year, the TOUCH Program is now becoming "Bridges 4 Kidz". It's the same great program, just a new name. We're excited about the future, and we look forward to changing more lives with you in 2014!
February 12 is our next Bonus Day - GlobalGiving will match your donation by 30%! Matching funds run out very quickly, so plan to give as close to 9:00am EST as possible.
THANK YOU for all you do!
The third and final term of the Uganda school year is in full swing! Older students are preparing for exams that will determine how far they go in the education system. Your support gives them confidence that they can continue on - and they are giving it their best.
One confidence-building activity is to give children opportunity to speak on issues. We asked children this question: Who is responsible for change when things go wrong in society? Most believe that those who have a chance at education must give back by doing something to improve the community. They do service projects to help keep the very busy area around the school clean.
Brian says the government can help, he adds, "When I grow up, I will go and build technical schools for those who have not gone to school."
Irene says, "I will continue with my education so that in future I can help my mother. I think I will make that difference after going through school."
Annet is confident: "The young generation must stand out and stop all this to make a change. I think I can make that change or difference after going through school, because I will be educated and I will be capable of most things!"
We're so thankful for your support! Without you, these children would not be able to continue in school, and they wouldn't feel they ever had a chance to make a difference in this world.
When you make a donation to the TOUCH program, you give children confidence to believe they can overcome the challenges of poverty. You encourage dreams and empower these kids to take on the challenges around them!
Starting at 7am Naroibi time on October 9th (12:01am Eastern US time, or 9pm Oct 8th on the US West Coast), GlobalGiving is helping your donation to go even farther - with a 30% match. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to multiply your gift! There is $25,000 available in matching funds, and the project that has the most donors wins $1,000 bonus prizes from GlobalGIving!
Thank you for your help!
Children Excel at Sports Tournament
The students at TOUCH recently rocked a division-wide sports tournament. Boys won eleven medals in soccer, and girls won the trophy for net ball! We had the youngest coaches for the tournament – our very own Julius, Paul, Umaru and Peter - Kevin was the top scorer, and Innocent was youngest player of the tournament. The best goal keeper of the tournament, Tumwa, allowed only one goal! Ivan got MVP. You can see more pictures and leave your congratulations and encouragement in the comments on our blog to cheer the kids on!
Report from Malik
Malik is a new volunteer who grew up in this community. He wrote these observations after his first week.
It is so amazing how children think about certain issues and things that go about their lives. Innocent as they look, no one seems to comprehend what lingers in their minds. Children are a sensitive group of people that look at everything very closely and once not given any attention, they will conceal whatsoever thing is burning inside of them.
Many of the children out there have made wrong and regrettable decisions just because no one opened their ear to hear them out, some have shut themselves in thus they don’t want to share neither joy nor pain because they are afraid, they don’t know who to trust with their joys and hurts.
It is important for us parents to be actively involved in their normal routine or life, spare time just to listen to them; listen to the challenges they are facing at school and amongst their peers, answer all questions that have got them puzzled. These little details count much in the eyes of our children.
If we don’t spend time with our children, how then shall we know that which makes them happy or cry, their dreams or what they want to pursue in future, and all those brilliant thoughts that linger in their mind?
We thank God for your support, which provides the meals, school fees, and supplies that help children succeed. We are also thankful for Malik and all of our volunteers and staff who pour so much love into the lives of the children!
As Doreen (age 14) says, "Me and you, we can make a difference."
Thank you so much - we love you!
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