Hello friends, donors, and well-wishers! Just an update on the kids. David, Flavia and Angela are doing well. We recently bought them another mattress as one of theirs disintegrated (which was weird.) I don’t currently have an update on Michael or Raymond as Mariam did not meet them in the village on her last visit.
There has been some drama lately with the kids’s land left to them by their late father Fred. Unfortunately, someone has surfaced with a land title that pre-dates the title issued to their late father, as well as multiple plots of land owned by other families in the village. The issue is currently being handled by the Local Council, Department of Lands, and lawyers… But we do not know what the outcome will be. Happy thoughts are appreciated.
Regardless of what happens with the land, the children will continue to be loved and cared for. Thanks again for your ongoing support, and we will update you as we know more.
Jun 26, 2019
Harvesting Star Fruit
By Lee Koelzer - Director GRU
Have I mentioned that I LOVE Star Fruit? Probably, they are sweet and tart and I always end up making a spectacular face pucker. I eat them raw, cut them into stars and freeze them for super fun ice cubes, juice them, mix them into salads, and have blended them into a cocktail or two… Oh, and we also help the villagers sell them!
I LOVE seeing the harvest come in from the village. We bring them in from the villagers to sell at local farmers markets in Kampala, and sell them to an organic jam making company (Abana Jam) as well. The farmers make a fare wage and we get to spread the love of star fruit. Clearly a win-win situation!
Thanks again for your ongoing support, and for helping make small scale agricultural start ups like this one a success.
In case I haven’t mentioned it lately- our librarians are AWESOME!!!!! I (Director of Grassroots Uganda) was recently invited to join a facebook group called “Grassroots Uganda community libraries.” Huh. Head scratch. This is my project but I did not make this group. Of course I joined, and our librarians in Jinja, (Peter and David) created the group and are promoting it and their work all by themselves!
I am so proud of them. I am proud that we have such dedicated young men working with us, and I am humbled that they care so much about their libraries, their communities, and their rolls as liaisons between the two.
In addition to the massive shout out to Peter and David for being so fantastic- I have included a few cute pictures of kids in the libraries. Enjoy!