Thursday, February 9, 2017

Back to School

After a 2 month break we were so excited to have the students return to school in Kibaale last week. It just does not feel the same without 1,000 kids on campus! 

For the Nursery students it was their very first day of school, and they were adorable! Some of the kids came running right up to talk to us, and a few were pretty shy, it won't take too long for them to warm up to us though! 

The first chance to sponsor one of the new Nursery students will be at the New Life Gala which is raising money for the Kibaale Community Centre. If you'd like to attend on February 18th Jeff and I will be there and would love to see you, here is the link for tickets, there are only a few seats left! 

Breakfast time!! The students love the maize porridge, they also get fruit and pancakes. 

The Nursery students have a new playground of their own this year, thanks to generous donations through Cornerstone Montessori School and Alyssa Keene, I think it might take a couple weeks for the Primary students to realize this isn't for them to use though! 

Monday, December 5, 2016

New Life Gala

We are really excited to share that we will be attending the upcoming New Life Gala happening at the SKY Hangar on February 18, 2017. We are only going to be in Vancouver for a few days, but would love to see you at this event! 

Last year The New Life Gala event raised over $200,000.00 for Kibaale to purchase 2 new vehicles, repair staff housing and to help with supporting the children who do not, as of yet, have sponsors so they can continue in their education.

The Kibaale Community Centre (KCC) operates five schools, a clinic and various community development projects in the Rakai district of Uganda.  The 1500 nursery, primary, secondary and vocational students receive a quality education, 2 meals a day and medical care at the Centre in an area affected by extreme poverty and high rates of HIV/AIDS.  The school offers opportunities to the neediest children in the area, and this education transforms each student’s life and the lives of their families.  Since the school started in 1993 we have seen hundreds of students overcome these challenges and successfully complete their education, many of whom have gone on to complete University with 4 of the graduates now Members of Parliament in the Ugandan Government!

Our ability to provide education to the neediest of the needy relies on financial support from corporate and private sponsors and we hope that you or your organization will partner with us to meet our commitment to transform lives.

We are asking you or your organization to consider becoming a sponsor, purchase a table or purchase tickets for our major fundraising effort of 2017, The New Life Gala.  As a sponsor, you or your organization will have a visible presence at this elegant event hosted by comedian Gery Schubert and featuring entertainment by world renowned former Canadian Tenor – Leon Leontaridis.  Guests will also enjoy a gourmet meal inside the stylish SKY Hangar and participate in a live auction on February 18 at 6:30 p.m. (Don’t forget our early bird draw of a week stay in Maui)

To sponsor, reserve a table or purchase tickets please go to and click on the sponsorship tab and you are ready to go! If you have any questions please contact Rachel Sledding at

Thank you for considering this opportunity, we look forward to partnering with you and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Famine Relief

Giving Tuesday is today and we know there are so many opportunities to give but we'd love to share with you about the drought and famine our community in Kibaale has been facing. We are trying to raise at least $20,000 before Christmas to give over 700 families food during this difficult time.

It's been really hard to see the need, in an already needy area! Our staff say this is the worst drought in 25 years, people come daily to line up at our gate asking for help. There was no rain between May and October resulting in the loss of almost all crops. We have had staff members fainting from hunger, multiple people attempting to commit suicide because they are so overwhelmed, and there have even been a number of deaths in our community. 

THANKS to your generous donations so far we have been able to give out maize flour to every student in our school and hundreds of families in our community. There are still so many people in Kibaale though that have not received food, and we would like to make sure that especially as Christmas is coming, we've been able to feed the neediest families in our community.

Please consider a donation today to Famine Relief every $30 donation buys a family a bag of maize flour that can feed them for 1 month! 100% of your donation goes directly to buying maize flour and is given out right away!

We are so appreciative of our staff in Kibaale, they have advocated for the families in our school and our community, working over time to not only buy the most maize flour we can with our budget but help with organizing the give away days. 

Our kids have been a huge help to us as well these past few weeks, with weighing and packing the maize flour as well giving it away. 

Thank you for considering making a huge difference to one of the many needy families in Kibaale!! 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Bring Your Kids To Uganda!

4 families with their 11 children just spent the last 3 weeks in Uganda with us, it was so much fun for our whole family to have them here, serving alongside us in Kibaale. 

Todd and Carmelita Currie were in a small group with us back before they had any children and still lived in BC. Although it's been 13 years since we have seen them, they moved to Alberta after their oldest daughter was 6 months old and then we moved to Uganda, we have kept in touch over the years and seeing them again was like no time had passed! We have loved reconnecting more lately as they planned this trip with 3 other families, who are also in small groups with them.

It was great seeing them meet their sponsor child Prossy for the first time! 

Also, bring your buff to Uganda! Survivor was a fun theme for the kids, they built a shelter in our backyard, hid immunity idols and came up with their own challenges. Hours and hours of fun!! 

Thank you team for the donation to mud a house, we were able to bless one of our community families with a new home! 

It's actually pretty hard work but also a lot of fun. 

Paint the wall boys, not yourselves!! 

Sports day with our nursery school, always a favourite day for our students and staff. 

We were able to join our Kibaale school on their own Outreach day to visit a nearby prison. We gave out food, drinks, soap, toothbrushes, and the Kibaale students sang worship songs and performed a skit on Joseph and his Coat of Many Colours. 

Crafts with our daycare, they loved all the extra attention they got while the team was here. 

So many babies!!! 

Climbing trees for the best view of the volleyball game. 

Uganda vs Canada volleyball game.
Uganda. Wins. Every. Time. 

Avin and Sophia are only 1 month apart and played together as babies but hadn't seen each other since they were 6 months old. They started texting a bit before they arrived here, but were quick friends as soon as they saw each other. There were a few tears when they had to say goodbye, Avin has already asked when she can spend a summer in Medicine Hat:) 

The older kids helped out during centres in the nursery school. 

Bike Clinic! More bikes than the Dad's on the team could possibly fix showed up for repairs, but they did manage to fix around 115 of them! 

Three of the ladies that came were nurses, they helped out in our clinic and donated medications to do 2 mobile clinics in nearby villages where they saw over 300 patients! They were very busy but it was such a blessing to our community. 

Twin boys! 

Sweetest baby girl at baby immunizations in one of the nearby villages. 

The team arrived at a perfect time to help us give maize flour out to every student in Kibaale, we loved seeing all of these happy kids going home with food!! 

You can continue to give towards the famine in Rakai, we would love to raise $20,000 by Christmas, it costs $30 per bag of maize flour so that will give food to 667 more families in our community! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, this is the worst drought Rakai has seen in 25 years, your help at this difficult time is so appreciated!! 

Ostrich Farm! The male ostrich that we can sit on was in a pretty good mood so everybody got a turn, even the littlest kids! 

The favourite form of transportation for every kid that comes to visit! 

The Boulton kids were given donations by their classes at home, so fun to be able to deliver these themselves! 

T H A N K  Y O U  Currie, Heese, Boulton and Lieske
 families for choosing Kibaale to spend your time in Uganda, for your donations, work at the centre and the relationships you built with our staff and our own family. We loved spending this time with each one of you, you're welcome back any time!!!

If you are interested in bringing your family to Uganda send us an email for more info!