Friday, April 3, 2020

Greetings from our family in Uganda!

Life suddenly looks very different in Uganda, for our own family, and all across the world!

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 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 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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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fast Forwarding Through 2019

It's October 1st and this is the first post on here this year, oops! So let's fast forward through the year really quickly with some highlights and then try to update more regularly. 

J A N U A R Y  had Jeff and I making a quick trip to Vancouver for some fundraising and meetings, we had a layover in New York City enroute which made the long journey back a little bit more fun! 

F E B R U A R Y  was the start of what would be the busiest year for visitors that we've ever had. It was amazing to share Kibaale with so many groups and teams this year, that was definitely a highlight of the year! 

Jeff is giving a tour of Kibaale to our first team of the year, this is his favourite part of the tour, the wall of graduates! These students are now spread across Uganda working as teachers, lawyers, doctors, carpenters, in tourism and so much more! 

"Kibaale Community Centre exists to impact the nation of Uganda through evangelism, discipleship and education." 

 February is the start of the school year in Kibaale, welcoming the new nursery students on their first day is always a highlight for me! 

Avin turned 16 on February 20th!!

M A R C H  is spring break in Canada which always brings the Pacific Academy Outreach team, a highlight for our kids every year! Avin's friend Ally joined us in Uganda for 3 weeks this month and good friends came with their 3 boys, it was a very good month! 

Our family sponsored one of the new nursery students, Lenon! He is the sweetest, we loved meeting his family and seeing where he lives. 

Finn turned 15 on March 20th!! 

A P R I L  brought Joel home from bible school, he had an amazing time but we were all pretty excited to have him back in Uganda! 

Joel meeting Lenon! 

We had 2 teams from Village Church in April, their ministry school came in the first half of the month and a team of nurses came the second half of the month. The nursing team worked alongside our clinic staff on site and helped out with a mobile clinic in Kamuli. 

M A Y  brought Jeff and I to London with Village Church and all of their missionary partners, we all attended the Alpha Leadership Conference together. 

Back at home in Kibaale a team of nursing students from Trinity Western University came with 3 nurses from Village Church for the whole month of May. One of the highlights of their time was doing health education in the school! 

Visitors meeting their sponsor child is always a highlight! 

J U N E 's highlight was Joel being baptized at a lake near our house in Masaka!!! 

These 4 just having fun on home visits! 

J U L Y  finished off our season of visitors with a family from Pacific Academy School that has been  supporting Kibaale since the very beginning, that's 30 years! 

Taking in one of our favourite views in Uganda at Lake Mburo. 

Kevin is from Wagner Hills, an addiction rehab centre in BC. He's been working alongside Vicent from the Kibaale Community Centre since May. They have been meeting with people in the community who are trying to get over alcohol addictions. We're amazed by the relationships these two are building and the interest there already is! 

We're heading to Canada for the month of August so we're soaking up all the time we can with the kids in Kibaale! 

The kids are soaking up all the time they can with their puppy Buff! 

Last sunset in Kibaale for the 6 of us for a while, we're not sure when Joel will be back here with us, he's staying in BC to go to Trinity Western University

A U G U S T  brings our family to BC, but first we spent a few days in Barcelona! 

Joel turned 19 on August 7th!! 

Meeting our new niece Marlowe was a favourite day in BC. 

Beautiful British Columbia indeed! We loved our time visiting with friends and family; the kids all had a chance to go to a summer camp and we were all able to explore a few new lakes and beaches. 

The Village Church Golf Tournament is something we had been talking about and planning for over a year so to have this day finally arrive and for it to be a such a HUGE success was amazing, the favourite day of the summer for our entire family! 

$1,225,000 was raised in one day for building projects in Kibaale, unreal!!

Dropping Joel off at university was very bittersweet, we're so excited for him but the reality that we're returning to Uganda without him definitely sunk in on that day. 

S E P T E M B E R  is back to Uganda and back to school! Avin is in grade 11, Finn is in grade 10 and Mazzy is in grade 7!! 

It is also back to school in Uganda, September is the start of term 3. 

Mazzy turned 12 on September 29th!!

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