Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Construction, Community and Corona

Our days have definitely looked a bit different lately. Schools are shut down, our ability to drive between Masaka and Kibaale is very limited, construction continues but on a much smaller scale and there are strict guidelines in regards to giving out food assistance. Our health centre is open still, but it's not without some fear towards COVID-19. During this time we have been working with our staff to continue creatively helping our students, their families and the community of Kibaale. 

One of the biggest changes to our normal work day was the new rules put in place by the President to not give out food in the community. At this time when our community is especially hurting by the work restrictions and rising costs of food and soap, they are more in need of our help than ever. Thankfully the Kibaale Community Centre has a long standing relationship with our local government and they have realized that they can not help everyone in this community without us. So they have asked us to continue giving out special gifts and food assistance to families in need. We are keeping with social distancing rules, the new curfew, and are involving the police and government to make sure our community is helped. We are so thankful for all of your donations and support to help Kibaale in this way! 

Twinning with Cossy! 

This is not what a usual home visit looks like, I just wanted to give everyone a hug, sit down, and visit, but we're thankful for the opportunity to still help in this way. 

Construction can continue but everyone working has to live on site and we are only able to use materials we had on hand. So yes things carry on, just slowly. 

Jeff and Dominic, our construction manager, are staying at a distance while walking through the maternity clinic to check on the progress. 

One of the four delivery rooms. 

Shaban is doing some painting and touch ups in the reception area. 

Grass is being planted outside, this is the overnight ward building. 

Our family is doing very well; we are so thankful to be in Uganda where we feel right at home, to continue with our work, school, and to have this beautiful weather and yard to enjoy together! 

If you are in a position yourself to help a family in Kibaale, you can can donate Family Food Assistance which will provide them with maize flour, rice, beans and soap for the month.

Thank you!!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Greetings from our family in Uganda!

We started 2020 with everything going as planned! 

 The construction crew in Kibaale had been working hard through term break to get the primary school renovation complete for the first day of school.

Although the majority of work was to the outside buildings; a new roof, and installing a new water collection system, the inside was also freshened up! All the classrooms were painted, given new chalkboards and the windows were replaced. 

First day of school!

Meeting all the new nursery students is always a highlight of our day. 

Finn was very excited to have all the kids back to play soccer with. 

Mazzy loves being in the classrooms with the younger kids. 

Just a couple weeks after school began our first visitors of the year arrived, Erin Clark and her 3 girls. This was their fourth trip to Kibaale and first time coming without a team, which was a unique experience for them. It was such a great trip! It was so nice to see their family continue to build relationships with staff and students that they have been getting to know these past four years. Our kids all had a really great time together; organizing crafts, going on home visits, and also being creative making videos, writing songs and having Survivor challenges. 

Although this was to be the first group of a busy team season, it was actually the only group that went as planned!

 As news of COVID-19 came out we decided to be proactive and have the families of all our new students come to the centre for education on hand washing. The families all left with soap and a new goat. 

 Uganda does not have a lot of cases of COVID-19 but they are taking drastic measures to maintain that. We are on lockdown from April 1-14 and schools are closed until the end of the month. However, an updated list of rules seems to be changing daily. 

We are working alongside the other Directors in Kibaale, our social workers and the local government leaders to best help the vulnerable community of Kibaale during this difficult time. Our hope is to be able to give food and supplies to families as needed. The price of food and soap has risen significantly in the last week and it's very hard for people who live day to day to meet the needs of their families right now. 

If you are looking for a way to practically help out in Kibaale you can donate Family Food Assistance, for $40 you can provide a family with food and soap for an entire month. 

Thank you for your continued prayers for our family and for Kibaale

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Wrapping up 2019

The last couple months have been a nice mix of settling into routine with work and school, hosting a few teams and visitors and spending a lot of time on the new construction projects. 

Esther, Buff and a stray puppy that really wants to be part of the family are the best distraction from homeschool! 

Finn's other distraction is soccer, if he's not doing school he is out on the field. Living on a school campus there is always someone out there kicking the ball around! 

156 visitors came to Kibaale this year, wow!! 
Thank you to everyone who came to work alongside us and the amazing Kibaale staff. 

Our last team of the year was a group from Village Church, Lucas and Kaely sponsor Gilbert and had the chance to meet his whole family and bring them some needed supplies. 

They were in return gifted a pumpkin! 

One of our favourite parts of mudding a new house is meeting the whole community! 

Thank you to the team and our vocational students for your hard work blessing this family with a new house! 

The team made a delicious dinner for some of the staff and their families that they had been working with. 

Natasha, one of our nursery students, came by the social workers office to let them know her grandma who she lives with fell and hurt her hip, since she wouldn't be able to dig in the garden for a few weeks we went to town to stock up on some food and supplies. They are the sweetest family and we love to check in on them so this was a treat for our family. 

A few of our new nursery students getting their sponsorship photos and modelling the brand new uniforms! The whole school is getting a new look next year and we can't wait to see them all back here in February! 

A special thank you to Village Church and North Langley Community Church for having us at their churches and inviting their congregations to be part of our sponsorship program in Kibaale!  

There has been lots going on the last couple months but one of the most exciting things for Jeff has been all of the construction projects.
Two new dormitories that will allow for 200 more girls at the Timothy Girls School in Masaka. 

In addition to our existing medical clinic will now be an overnight ward and also a maternity clinic. These are huge needs in our community so we are very excited for this health centre expansion. 

The maternity clinic at the roofing stage.

Roof is on! 

The primary school is getting a full renovation, inside and out. While the kids were still going to school we started working on the outside, a new shed roof and gutter system to catch more water and all new retaining walls. Flooding and erosion are huge problems on this part of the property but these changes should really help. 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support towards our family, we can't thank you enough! 

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