May 20, 2020

United Against COVID19

The Potato Harvest
The Potato Harvest

The Angel Projects has been busy over the past months in Uganda and the Philippines. The Uganda team has been traveling from village to village installing handwashing stations as well as training others on how to build them. Justus, our General Manager, has trained a great team to travel to multiple villages to install handwashing stations as well as educating the people on COVID 19 and the importance of handwashing.

 Multiple tippy taps (handwashing stations) are installed in different trading centers through the Kisoro District in Uganda and at the junction where people travel from Kisoro and heading to Nombe. These tippy taps are at the centers and junctions to show others how to build one as well as a being fully functional hand washing stations.

 As of today Kashija village, Musezero village, Kafuga village, Rushaga village, Kashasha village and Nombe village have multiple handwashing stations to help the fight against COVID19.

 Every shop in the larger villages must have a hand washing station at their entrance and the district health inspector has helped us at The Angel Projects Uganda implement this.

 The good news is that the new farm we started in Nombe last December has yielded a tremendous harvest that will help provide for the families of this village.

 In the Philippines, The Angel Projects are working with our angel Darnalie Orcino and her family who have shopped for food relief for many people who have lost income due to the COVID19 quarantine.

 They worked hard shopping and creating nutritional packages for many of the people who do not have any food or money to get any. The team were able to deliver to over 25 families. We are hoping to supply to feed more in the next week.

Justus installing the handwashing stations & soap
Justus installing the handwashing stations & soap
Sister Darn packaging food for distribution
Sister Darn packaging food for distribution

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Jan 8, 2020

New Potato Farm in Nombe

Gard brings the seeds
Gard brings the seeds

It's official--Angel Projects has expanded to a third location in Uganda!  In December, Angel Projects Uganda began its latest farming project with the women of Nombe. The new farm was officially dedicated and blessed by the local church leadership. Irish potatoes are the crop that the women have chosen to plant, and the harvest will help them take care of their families and be able to send their children to school.

In August 2019, The Angel Projects met with these women, who have formed a cooperative called the Nombe Poverty Eradication Group, to discuss the creation of a sustainable farm. The women already owned enough land to contain a farm; they just needed a hand up in getting started. They needed farming tools and seeds, and The Angel Projects was able to help. The women prepared their fields, and Gard, one of our project managers, brought everything they needed to the village to start farming!

Angel Projects Uganda now has self-sustaining farms up and running in three different local villages as well as successful livestock projects in two of the locations.  The children in all three villages, including local orphans, are able to attend school because of the income these projects provide for their families.  It's amazing to see how some seeds and a handful of baby animals can change so many lives and encourage hope in the future because of new educational opportunities for the next generation.

We are incredibly grateful to our donors for making these amazing changes a reality.  Your generosity brings joy, pride, and hope to people who never thought such success would be possible.  

Unloading the seeds
Unloading the seeds
Heading to the farm
Heading to the farm
At the farm
At the farm
Preparing to plant
Preparing to plant
The future of Uganda
The future of Uganda
Oct 14, 2019

The African Mission 2019

Plushie Toys
Plushie Toys

African Mission Trip – August 2019

It was such a joy to be a part of this mission to Uganda and to see the development in the Rubuguri area. 

A new project being brought to our women by Danielle, our volunteer, is the production of stuffed animals.  She’s teaching them to sew plush toys in the shapes of chameleons, elephants, and gorillas to sell in the market and to put into local lodges to be purchased by tourists who come to the area for gorilla trekking.  This is a new product that has never been seen in this area, and we’re confident that these stuffed animals will be easy for the women to make as well as becoming a huge hit in the lodges and markets!

The second half of our trip was even more amazing than the first.  The women of Kashija learned how to sew the stuffed chameleons, which looked fantastic, and we’ve already gotten a large order from one of the local lodges for the chameleons to be placed in their gift shop!  We’ve also placed several the women’s woven baskets into two different local lodges, and some of them have sold already!

Our bakery project began the first week of the trip and we took samples of our cupcakes and donuts to the market to give the locals a taste of what’s to come.  The response was overwhelmingly positive; our bakery products were a huge hit!  Many people wanted to know when and where they’ll be able to purchase these baked goods.  We returned to the market with more samples and even with some products for purchase.  We’re confident that the village’s word-of-mouth communication system will have our bakery business up and running in no time!  Danielle also taught the women in our program how to make the cakes and donuts so that once she leaves the bakery project will be another self-sustaining program.  This additional source of income will be enough to help the local women buy food and clothing for their children.

The last Thursday of our month-long trip, we rode our bodas (motorcycles) up into the mountains to the village of Rushaga, where we participated in teaching the weekly English classes to about 50 women.  It was exam day, so we helped administer the English exams, and then we had conversations with the women in English.  We were extremely impressed with the progress they’ve made since we were last here in 2017; a lot of the women in the advanced class could speak to us fluently, and the women in the lower levels had also made a lot of progress and were even helping to tutor other women!  It’s amazing to see just how much lives are being changed for the better in this community.  Knowing English will enable these women to sell more of their products to tourists as well as help their children with their schoolwork, which is all in English.

The last week of our trip, we had the privilege of meeting with two groups in Nombe, a village in the mountains outside of Rubuguri.  The first group is called Bwindi Rafiki Project, and it is a group that was started for the elderly citizens of Nombe A to help them fight malnutrition and neglect.  They are hoping that we can assist them with creating an agriculture project that will help provide nutritious food and an income for this group’s elderly members.  We also met with the Nombe Poverty Eradication Group in Nombe B.  This is a group of over 50 women who have come together to grow crops and to help each other provide for their children.  However, they remain stunted economically and are asking us for a hand up, not a handout, to help them build up their projects in order to afford food for their children, more suitable housing, and school fees.  Our hope is that we can bring programs like the ones we have in Kashija and Rushaga to this new area in order to continue the growth and development of the Rubuguri area. 

Tending the sheep!
Tending the sheep!
Sewing and Weaving with the women of Kashija
Sewing and Weaving with the women of Kashija
The children receive their school supplies
The children receive their school supplies
Rushaga Class Room
Rushaga Class Room
 
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