Friday, June 29, 2018

Werdal Family in Kibaale!

Scott Werdal started with Kuwasha in May as the Canadian Program Coordinator. Although we live across the world from each other Jeff and I will be working daily with him via email and phone calls so it was great to get to know each other in person. It is also incredibly helpful for him to do his job in Canada after seeing everything that goes on in Kibaale for himself!  

We are very happy that it also worked for his wife Corinna and their children Sophie and Penny to come, our kids went from acquaintances to great friends in about 24 hours! They had the best time showing them a glimpse of their life in Uganda. 

Meeting their sponsor child Cossy, definitely a highlight of being in Kibaale. 

She was so cute with this new baby doll who she named Irene. 

Visiting the Good Samaritan Primary School in Kamuli, Kuwasha is providing a lunch program for their 500 students over the next five years. 

Mazzy and Avin spend a lot of time in the special needs class helping out with their life skills or arranging new crafts to do together, they were excited to have Sophie and Penny just as happy to help out with these amazing kids as they are! 

Chapati making

Crafts with the kids in our staff daycare.

Kuwasha Dance Team! 

There was a lot of dancing, something the Werdal girls study in Canada and our girls play around with whenever they can. They did put their skills to good use teaching the special needs class a few dances, that was a lot of fun! 

Scott was able to put his height to good use as well, he went with Joel and the staff from the Child  Sponsorship office to install water collectors at a few of our students homes. 

Working or posing? Either way Natasha is very happy with her new water collector! 

We always say spending a week or two with our family in Uganda is like spending a year getting to know each other in Canada since on this side we spend all day together and have every meal together. This was probably the best way for all of us Kuwasha staff to get to know each other, we're practically family now! 

Thank you Werdal family for coming alongside us and the staff in Kibaale to help with everything we put in front of you; whether it was watching baby Isabelle, making dinner for 20 people, mudding a new home, or giving away 10 goats! We loved having your family here and can't wait until next time. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Spring Break Part 2: Village Church Families

Our family first came to Uganda 11 years ago, that experience changed our lives which has made us passionate about hosting families in Kibaale! We all loved our time with this amazing group from one of our partners, Village Church

On this trip there were four moms with their kids and one family of four that jumped right in during their time in Kibaale to serve alongside our teachers and social workers. We are also incredibly thankful for all of the generous donations they raised to purchase mosquito nets, school sweaters, and gift baskets. Three families who were in a very bad housing situation will even get new brick homes, amazing!!! 

Home visits! Jeff and I love sharing this incredible experience of seeing your sponsor child in their home and meeting the families. 

There are only a few Nursery students left in need of sponsorship, click here to start supporting a student at the Kibaale Community School today! 

The best way to travel around Kibaale. 

Mosquito nets given out in the community. 

Nets for every nursery and primary students at our school! 

School sweaters 

Sports day

All of the Awana students came to school on Saturday for a special Easter themed VBS program, they had so much fun playing games, singing new songs, but especially learning the Easter story in a brand new way! 

Reunited, we love repeat visitors!! 

Easter crafts

Chapati making lessons at the Vocational school

Mudding a house! Thanks Village Church for the donation to build a new home for one of our students and their family! 

A Saturday afternoon hike for most of the group, a few of the little kids caught a ride, but either way getting to the top is always worth it for the incredible views! 

We spent some time on top of the hill to pray over Kibaale and the families in our community. 

Thank you to the Clark, Heine, Lafleur, Pettie & Wong families for spending your spring break serving alongside us in Kibaale, we loved having you!! 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Break Part 1: Pacific Academy Outreach

A highlight for our family each year is hosting the outreach team from Pacific Academy School over spring break. 

The team was able to serve alongside many of the ministries in Kibaale; going with our primary classes on outreach in the community, leading devotions, arranging crafts and a sports day, helping out with the Awana program, building a mud hut for one of our students, painting projects in the nursery school, and a highlight for everyone is always visiting their sponsor children at home!  

Home visits are not only special because you get to meet your student and see where they live, but meet their families as well, and it is such an honour for these families in Kibaale to have their sponsor at their home too! 

Kibaale Community School does outreach every March as well,  a different class goes out every day to a family home in the community, to help them dig, plant crops, fix houses and give out food and clothing, it was great having the students from both schools working together all week! 

Our nursery school is in much need of a renovation, and the team got a great start on painting the furniture in a couple of the classrooms, the kids are loving their new bright classes! 

Sports Day for the primary school. 

Every week the staff from the Kibaale Community Medical Clinic go out into the village to immunize babies, some of the team was able to come along to help weigh babies. 


Awana programs run every afternoon in Kibaale, the last half hour is sports and always a favourite time to join in on the fun! 

We were able to join a Kibaale class on outreach to mud a new home for one of the students at the school, they worked together very well and did a great job! 

Thank you Pacific Academy School for your continued support to Kibaale!!