Feb 27, 2019

It's all about the Future and Fruit Farm

Greetings from Kassanda Children’s Aid in Uganda, 

First, please join us in giving a BIG thanks to John and Stacy Devries from Canada! We are proud to report that 55 children have been given full sponsorship for their education. We have 1 in college, 14 in secondary school and 40 are in primary school. These children got uniforms and scholastic materials required for attending and are also provided with lunch. We thank God as the year 2019 is completely covered and we have closed the education project until we get closer to 2020.

We have had some challenges in our banana and pineapple farm as the season has been very dry but the past few months have been successful in all stages. We had to use a hand irrigation system in the garden so that our crops did not dry up. We then collected mulch to spread and cover the ground to avoid the roots from drying up. Last week we finally got a little rain which really helped them so much.

The best news is the entire farm got fertilized with manures. We bought them, packed in bags at the store and transported to the farm. Our helpers worked hard to spread them all over in the garden so that when rain season begins it will be a very good advantage. The only other problem we experienced was the weed spraying failed to kill the grass adding on the double work to put workers to help keep up with the weeds and buying expensive pesticides to spray on the plants to keep the bugs away. 

Dec 1, 2018

Three Donors Giving, Two Pineapples Planted & Growing Banana Trees

My children gladly helping on farm
My children gladly helping on farm

Greetings all partners of KCA,

A little parody on the "12 Days of Christmas" seemed fitting as we have joy in the month of December to give an update on the Stephen Baker Foundation Farm of KCA. We are happy to announce that we have received another donation from Mrs. Woolsey to add on another acre of land in memory of her son, Stephen Baker. This new land is in a nearby village and even has some eucalyptus trees on it. We have a dream to help as many as we can and having land in close proximity is important and the land was being sold for a very good price.

We decided to start by planting 450 banana trees on our 5-acre farm but due to donations received, we have only been able to plant 270. However, in between the banana tree rows, we also planted pineapples. The hardest part has been the labor of spreading the manures in the garden. There are more gaps according to how we planned them and in December and January, we shall be putting more coffee residuals to fertilize the soil.

We also hosted an agronomist, Mr. Dan Ssemanda who gave us advice on soil management, crop production and the use of herbicides and fertilizers. He has promised to be visiting us and giving us more advise free of charge to ensure our success. We appeal to everyone to share our work so we can get more people to help us complete this project. As always feel free to send us email or comment.

Merry Christmas!

Nov 20, 2018

2018 School Year

Agnes with classmates
Agnes with classmates
 Greetings once again from Kassanda Children’s Aid, we hope this report finds you all well. It has been 3 months since we were in touch but we have been moving towards success in all aspects of our work. In this season, there has been consistent rainfall that has allowed us the proper timing of planting. We believe with this successful rainfall it will lead to the plentiful harvest for our community as well. 
    
This has been the last school term for the children you have helped support.  Uganda's school terms start in February and finishes in December, so on 2nd of next month the children will end their year and be on holiday break. We are happy to say they will all be successfully promoted to the next grade for next academic year of 2019.  We had one female student,  Agnes to seat the Primary Leaving Examination Board and the rest are all in middle classes.  Another young lady,  Esther is expected to graduate from a vocational school for fashion and design in 2019.  We can take great pride together in these accomplishments as you enabled them to reach this level. So many children cannot afford to complete their education so we celebrate every child who is able. 
    
The road ahead of us is long but we carry on, we are so confident with you're nonstop financial and moral support to attain our goals and aspirations for many children who need our support. It is our heartfelt desire not to close this report without saying how it is only due to YOU that this project has been possible. Please consider reaching out to kinfolks & friends this holiday season to let them know why you choose to support us. We hope to send these children plus more next year, your voice is unique and central to leading  change for us!
 
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