Sunday, July 6, 2014

Touching Hearts in Uganda

Sometimes Edwin and I just talk about how many lives have been touched by our Home of Angels.  In Uganda for example, the lives of the people just in our community alone have been so changed.  Work has been provided, water, when the wells are dry and our kids hosting their friends to come and watch the Jesus videos.  This in turn has led the parents to our grass hut to try and understand why their children as so excited.  Lives are changing in a big way.

It is very evident that this project, only four years old, has grown very quickly.  We couldn't have done it without our Father watching over every step we make or the donors who believe in us, finding it in their hearts to help.  We now have a Board of Directors that are teaching both Edwin and I to slow down and do this in a way that it will be both sustainable in time and secure.  Edwin, with the chickens and construction and myself with documentation.  When we started this project, we knew nothing except we wanted to build a home for the true orphan.  I baked the Grandma banana bread and Edwin gathered his friends to clear the land.  Easy……

I must tell you that today, it's not easy.  We needed help and my church reached out with ideas and people that were experienced.  We now have a strong team guiding us down this road and we want to thank them so much for all the time and energy they have put into this venture.

We have 1000 layer chickens arriving from Israel but there has been a delay since the Entebbe
airport was threatened by Al Shabaab.  Security is tight and these chickens could die waiting for customs to attend to them.  We will have more on this next month.

In the meantime, we would like to share the latest pictures with you.



The kids were telling me that in their school they are known as the "angels".  Of course everyone now wants to be an angel, so when Edwin found a way to hook up electricity and sound to the grass hut, the kids invited their friends to come and watch the Jesus video.  Hundreds came and we couldn't accommodate them so we ordered 50 more seats and this weekend they will hold another showing.






Everything is put on a "boda" which is the main transport here.  5 trips of chairs and mission accomplished.












As you can see, this is night time and it's really black out there.  What you don't see are the hundreds of people sitting outside our wall listening to the sound of the story.  One day we hope to bring everyone in but know because of the masses, it will be impossible.  We need a church to be able to teach them more….but right now only a dream.









I would like you all to meet Genia, Chris and Ericka.  They attend McMath Secondary School in Richmond and last summer had heard me speaking at Rockridge Canyon.  They came home and decided to raise money for our Home of Angels and did an amazing job of it.  They baked and sold
160 loaves of banana bread and had a talent show.  They raised $1,100.00 for us and presented us with an artificial cheque as the real one will be mailed when the teacher's strike is over.  Thanks McMath.





Another thanks to Save on Food for once again helping us fund our project one brick at a time.  We had the manager serving ice cream on samples and a live banana enticing the customers to our table.
Needless to say, we sold out that day. Thanks also to Gloria for your bright smile and help.




Canada Day….Edwin and the children wanted to wish us all the best.




There comes a time when the children must leave our Home of Angels.  Sam has another 2 years and he must go out into the world, but in order for Sam to survive, he needed to have a trade.  Thanks to his sponsors, Dianne and Sim and to Benny, he will now have a good chance.  He is learning auto mechanics and doing very well.




Dennis is our electrician and he is putting electricity into the children's home.  They were having difficulty seeing at night to do their homework.  They must also get their grades up so this will hopefully help them.




The doors and window frames have been welded by Atimu.  As usual, he has done an excellent job and will be back this week to install them into the 2nd children's home.




Edwin and the children were blessed to have been a part of the dedication of Word of Life Fellowship church in Entebbe today.  The kids were excited to see our dear friends once again and to have had the opportunity to sing.  Edwin was invited to speak and all in all, they had a lovely day.  Congratulations Pastor Welli and Dolly.  This is only the beginning…..

Welli…..Alan sure looks happy in those arms.














Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Blessing of Giving

I don't know how you all feel, but I get such a blessing out of helping others.  I think I can speak for Edwin regarding this too.  No matter how we give, whether it be by taking care of someone or giving financially, it can sometimes benefit the giver more than the receiver.  We see this so many times with you who help us help these children.  But, I have to say the best part is….we are now witnessing it with the children in our home as we watch them go out and make a difference in someone else's life.  You taught them this by helping them and they really treasure the love behind "your" giving.

Speaking of "giving",  I would like to update you on Jaaja Barb's Home of Angels.
We have now re-instated our Society but are still under the umbrella of Multi-Nation Missionary Foundation.  Tax receipts will be issued by MMF at the end of each year, but donations should be sent to Barb at the address under donations at the top of this blog.   We have a wonderful Board of Directors, all professionals, who are teaching Edwin and I the business part of this huge endeavour.  Edwin is being advised on how to operate the chicken farm and to make it grow with proper management.  I am learning the accounting end of it with the help of a professional accountant to keep track of the books.  Again….all giving of their time.

I also had the pleasure of having dinner with His Excellency, the High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda, John Nsambu.  John was visiting from Ottawa with other Ambassadors, so this was a great privilege.  He will be coming to our compound in Jinja in July to meet Edwin and see what he can do to help us.

We would also like to say "Thank You" to Northview church and it's members for raising $10,000.00 towards our project.  The act of giving reminds us that we live by the grace of God.  All of us are so grateful to you for this gift.

Edwin and I would like to show you what has been happening at our Home of Angels in the past month.





The kids were so excited when the van arrived.  This meant no more walking for medical help and maybe….just maybe... they were going to see some places within the area like Lake Victoria and the Nile River.  We had taken them out before I left in April, but there is so much more for them to see and learn about.  They also want to visit the elderly in villages once a month to help them so now we have the means.  Edwin has lined the seats and floor with a special plastic to keep it clean inside as so much red dirt is on everything.  Just look at the paving stones in this picture for example.  Smart thinking Edwin...




Most of you know Shaban, our gardner.  Shaban had polio as a small child and his legs don't function.  I met him on the road in January swinging himself on a long pole.  He told me that he came from a distant village to find work so that he could provide an education for his sister Zakia.  He gave up his own education to do this.  Edwin and I then thought that he should maybe go fetch Zakia so we could meet her.  Their Mom and Dad had recently passed away due to AIDS and they only had each other. So off he went all dressed in a suit for the long journey back to their village.  The next day they both arrived and we immediately fell in love with Zakia.  We offered to bring her in with us and we were so thankful to find a sponsor named Elliot who takes very good care of her.  Shaban was helped by our long time friend Lottie who donated his wages for his work.  Zakia loves helping her brother make the gardens look so beautiful.  Just look at the gardens below….




Because of the fungal diseases in Uganda, we must have the kids heads buzzed once every two weeks.  It was getting expensive so we invested in our own equipment.  Edwin usually does this but when he's busy, our electrician Dennis helps out.  I have to say that the one thing I love the most over there, is our trades people are a part of our family too.  They are there in a moments notice if Edwin needs them for something, whether it be for work or just helping with the kids.  Most of the time, it's done out of the blessing of "giving" again and not money.







Alan is having fun in the water…
Today, this is his bath tub and swimming pool.






                                   Don't worry, Edwin is there
                                   and only taking this picture.
                                   He had so much fun that he
                                   fell asleep.  Can hardly see
                                   any water in there…..love
                                   this boy so much.








Thank you Ames Family Foundation for our gardens.  They are thriving in both compounds and just look at how high the maize has grown.  The kids work every day hoeing and weeding so that they can have the greens for meals.  We are finally saving some money on food now so this is another way for self sustainability.  Once the chickens and gardens are in sync with each other, we will be able to provide good food to these little angels and watch their energy level increase.  




Thanks to the Gleaners for food,  to Thomas in Hong Kong with his donation of solar lights and to an anonymous donor for the van….we are now on a roll.  Look at these excited kids going into places where Jaaja's are taking care of grandchildren.  Our kids are blessed to be "giving" too and Edwin let them do it on their own while he went and did another project alone.  They could hardly wait to start their own little ministry called "God's Little Angels Ministry" and apparently did an amazing job.




Edwin is off on his own while the kids are doing their demonstrations outside, explaining to these women how the solar lights work.  He says a prayer here before he starts and then explains how to operate them.  He is in a hospital and these are nurses and women in the community who volunteer to help.  There is no electricity in this hospital so they were all so thrilled to be able to see something like this.  Maybe just one of these lights will save a life.




Outside the kids are doing their own ministry.  They are giving out food and teaching the women how they should prepare it.  They explain the nutrients in the soup and how it will benefit them for health.  They also give each Jaaja a solar light with an explanation on how to operate it along with that bag of Gleaners soup mix.  All I see are smiles here and boy oh boy am I jealous I can't be there witnessing it. Can you see the changes in these kids already?  This little guy in the green t-shirt is recently off the street and had been living in the garbage dump.



I would like you to meet His Excellency, John Nsambu.  The Ambassador of Uganda, who I had the privilege of meeting and having dinner with.  He was very interested in our project and will be going to Jinja in July to meet Edwin and making a presence there which will be an honour for us.   His dream is the same…to help his people of Uganda and I know, with God working alongside of both us, we will accomplish this.




Sometimes I just have to shake my head when I see what has happened.  We started with a one load of bricks that cost $500.00.  This was weeks of baking banana bread.  Never in a million years did we think that we would build more than one little house for a few kids.  Look what has happened.  I am thrilled that so many of our kids are out there helping and it's spreading around the world.  No kidding…the world.  From the UK to Hong Kong, to India to El Salvador….can you imagine?  "Kids are helping Kids".  Not just kids but their families too.  Kid's grandfathers who are challenging their companies to match what employees are donating.  It goes on and on but the one fact remains.  God is at the helm of this.  He is loving what we are doing and right alongside of us holding our hands.

I need your help.  Will you all put your thinking caps on and think of a brilliant way we can let people know how amazing our kids are.  Kids in general...They need to be acknowledged.

Thanks all of you…..this just keeps getting better and better.












Friday, May 9, 2014

Anchors in the Storm

For Edwin and I, we felt as though we had been through a storm from January through April of this year.  Everything seemed to go wrong but we knew that God was with us and in His own timing everything would be good again…. and of course with faith, it was.  Anchors in this storm were placed all around us and we now feel much stronger with these people sharing their ideas to teach us how to improve ourselves in making this dream come true.  I can really see it happening now.

Besides all of you who follow and encourage us with donating your time and money to help financially, we also have others that need to be acknowledged.  With the guidance of Northview church in helping us find people who would join our team, we now have our Society reinstated with a Board of Directors that have taken the bull by the horns and helped us in so many ways already.  We were invited to attend Mission Fest for two days this past weekend where again Northview told our story in hopes of raising money for the chicken project.

Save on Foods is another.  Just this week, they joined with us as a community partner and have many ideas how to help us.  They continue to supply all banana bread ingredients for the baking and want to help us by having fundraisers in their Fraser Valley stores.

Kids helping Kids continues to be strong.  Jinjabread cookies are still being made, Simon Fraser University did a "Night of Stars" production in Port Moody while I was gone and two amazing movie star kids named Jacob and Emma, ages 7 and 9 donated money plus a DVD player to the kids.  So many examples of our children wanting to help, which in turn is teaching our kids in Uganda how to help others in their own community.

I was invited to a birthday party with 200 people that were extradited from Uganda in Idi Amin days.  These wonderful people all live in the Richmond area and Sandra, the birthday girl, wanted them to donate to our organization instead of presents.  I also had a pleasant surprise to find out that His Excellency, John Chrysostom Alltuma Nsamba, the High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda is coming to Vancouver on business and wants to meet me.  He has apparently been following the blog.
I am thrilled.

We had help from the missionary community in Jinja, Uganda.  John and Jen Long have gone the extra mile for us more than once and without them throughout that storm, I can't imagine. If anyone would like to visit their site you can go to www.hackersforcharity.org.  You will see where the 3 boxes of sunglasses went that were to be used as a deterrent inside the container.  Apparently, they like to take just a little something as they process them through customs.  Fooled them….bought a $300 lock.


Thanks Johnny and Jen.




We would also like to show you some current pictures of what is happening presently at the Home of Angels.




Our "Angels" holding both the Canadian and Ugandan flags.  One day we will have a pole for each and will show the community these two countries uniting to raise their children of Uganda. 



Maize was planted when I left in January as the rainy season had started.  Look at it already and eventually we will be able to help the kids with food on the table.   Maize is used for everything and a staple for their food source.




The broiler house is being plastered both inside and out.  The layer house that sits on the right of it has the floors completed inside but the windows and doors must be installed.  We must have the interior done to spec for keeping the birds alive but this also will be completed in time.  Once finished, they will order the layers from Germany.



Oh my goodness…look at the scaffolding and 10' ladder.  First time ever.  Thanks Mike for the ladder and Barry for the scaffolding.  They had never used this before and it makes such a difference to build.
The men pass on their gratitude to you both.  Both buildings will be plastered for protection.



 We needed a van desperately.  A missionary had to leave Jinja and wanted to sell.  I received a call at 3:30am that we should buy this van for taking the children to the hospital when they are sick. Perfect condition... 2001, 130,000, 4-wheel drive and not a scratch on it.  We had a donor that had sold her home and decided to tithe 10% of her profit.  The only stipulation was that we had to buy a van. Thank you God and anonomous donor…. Edwin will now be able to take the kids out and use it for emergencies.




Oh my goodness…I am going to have to learn to drive with the steering wheel on the right side…. and on roads with all those crazy drivers?

I will let you know how I do.  :)




Our special little boy, Saika.  He is in Nina's classroom showing everyone the posters that he learns from.  Saika studies these posters almost every day and has done well by them on tests at school.  We are hiring a teacher to come to the classroom on a regular basis to help bring their grades up.  Very necessary as they stuggle so…especially in reading.




This is how well Saika and Mariam have done.  They are the winners of the best report cards.
Mariam was 2nd out of 59 students and Saika was near the top of his class too.  Saika was the boy that Edwin took off the streets and didn't have very much schooling.  He studied so hard to make it and because of these kids accomplishments, Edwin had a celebration for both.  A cinnamon roll and an orange pop. Very rare to get these things over there.  It was to show the others that when they do well, he will celebrate their achievements also.





Rob…Manager of Save on Foods at the Sumas store has taken it upon himself to deliver all the ingredients to my house.  I in turn distribute to other bakers who help me.  This is another anchor to say"thank you" to.

Meet the managers of the Save on Foods in the Fraser Valley.  They have become a community partner with us and will be helping us promote our Home of Angels.  We will be periodically having fundraisers in the local stores to sell our banana bread to raise money to finish construction.

Meet Keith,  Manager of the Whatcom store, with his Assistant Manager Darren.  Rob on your far right is the Manager of the Sumas store.  Thanks to all of you for your help to promote our Home of Angels in Uganda.




What a beautiful group of kids…OK, I can call them kids because I'm old but they are truly amazing young adults.  When I was still in Uganda, they had a fundraiser for us called the "Night of Stars" performed in the Inlet Theatre in Port Moody.  The response was incredible and along with singing, dancing and a band, they were able to raise almost $4,000 for us.  Thanks to all of you from all of us.  We love you guys…...




Our kids have started their own ministry.  The name they call themselves is "God's little Angels Ministry" and they go out each week and help an elderly person.  Jaaja (Grandpa) at 97 years is having food delivered along with water.  The kids swept the area around his home and made him feel loved.
This is why Edwin and I are doing this….to serve others plus teach the kids that they too need to help and love on everyone.  Teach them about God and be there for them at all times.



There are many wonderful people following our blog.  Someone said to me last week, "Why don't you have a website?"  I just answer, with close to 52,000 hits on this simple little blog, that is all we need.

Thanks for following our story once again and thank you all so much for caring.















Monday, April 7, 2014

Changing Lives

As you all know, we have 11 beautiful children living in our Home of Angels and throughout the past year their lives have drastically changed for the good.  So much so, that some of the kids in school tell others they are an "Angel" too and live at our home.  That's sad because they see the happiness in our kids and want to be a part of that too.  We want you to know that all of you reading this story have played a big part in changing their lives for the better, whether it be from donations, prayers or helping to raise money, it means a great deal to us.  The fact you care is also a lot of my inspiration, so thanks.

I left for Uganda on January 4th and returned April 4th and believe me, it was an action packed 3 months.  The kids started their own ministry "God's little Angels Ministry" and they have committed to help 2 families a month.  We had a projector donated and our good friends, the Long's had a sturdy 200 x 200 screen for our grass hut to show the Jesus video on.  We were blessed to find a young man named Jonah to teach the children about the Bible every Sunday afternoon and they will soon be inviting their friends in the community to watch the story too.

We distributed the Gleaners food throughout Uganda and again, our wonderful friend Johnny Long donated his time to make us a video to present to the Gleaners to show the volunteers where their efforts had gone.

We had Catarina from Coquitlam B.C. come and stay with us for 2 weeks.  Her expertise was going into the schools to teach the young girls about womanhood and safe sex.  Catarina also sponsors Hope, so it was nice for Hope to meet her in person.  We look forward to the day when all sponsors can come.

So here it is 4am…jet lag time once again and I would like to show you some of the things we did in the 3 months that captured my heart.  We are very proud of these kids, coming out of the situations we found them in and turning their lives around to help others.




We had planned to get the second chicken house finished but due to all the problems with money, we have to be patient.  The roof will soon be covered in steel sheets and the finishing touches done.  Until then, we will concentrate on only broilers.




We recently purchased 750 more broilers from the profit of the last 600.  This might look a little different from our chicken farms but with the guidance of our chicken farmers in Canada, we seem to be doing well.  Only 2 died upon arrival from Germany due to suffocation.  Sula and James are with them 24/7 and I am convinced they are giving it their very best to make this project work.




School is out for Alan…Yes, he may be 3 years old but he goes just like his big sisters and brothers.  Shaban takes his donated wheelchair and picks him up every noon and wheels him home on his lap.  These are not posed smiles….it's how they are every day riding through the gate.




We made a decision that every sponsored child that has a visitor will come with us to the airport to pick them up.  Hope not only met Catarina but saw the Nile River and Lake Victoria for the first time too.  We realized these kids have never seen all the things they learn about in school so this was a real treat.




We arranged for Catarina to go to a average of 2 schools or institutions a day to speak about feminine hygiene.  For some of these kids, they hide for one week a month and miss school, not understanding what is happening to their bodies.  She then had a class in our grass hut with the teachers, showing them how the kits can be made by hand and for them to continuing showing others.  Thanks Catarina for helping so many understand what we all take for granted.



Hackers for Charity is a non-profit organization that leverages the skills of technologists. They solve technology challenges for various non-profits and provide food, equipment, job training and computer education to the world's poorest citizens.  This Acer laptop was fitted with a tiny chip that holds everything these children need to learn from.  From adding 1+1=2 to Calculus,  it's there.  Every subject taught in school from our Grade 1 through Grade 12 is also included.  We have been very blessed with John and Jen Long (HFC) in that they want to equip our children with these chips if we can purchase the $200.00 laptops.  We have already set up our classroom thanks to Nina and her husband, so we would be able to have a structured class atmosphere.  Please pray that we can do this.  Also, if you would like to read more about HFC please go to  www.hackersforcharity.org







The children participated in helping the elderly at the only "Home for the Elderly" in all of Uganda.
Because of the suffering here, we made a decision to always be a part of helping them.  The kids planted all their maize and distributed soap to them for washing.  If we ever get a van, we are going to help them take the elderly to hospitals but as it is now, they have no way to get there and they just pass on in this home.  God has put it on all our hearts to do something and we are definitely listening to Him.



Oh my goodness….It's 100 degrees and Frank our guard won't take off his new Alaska hat.




Meet Jonah, our new Bible mentor.  Jonah was from an orphanage too and he knows that without the love of God, he would have never made it.  He wants to make sure our children learn the Bible and know all scripture, so he teaches for one hour every Sunday afternoon.





I am so excited to find someone shorter than me….These are the Karamojong people from northern Uganda.  They have a reputation for being violent, uncivilized and stubborn and are also known
for herding cattle.  The women here have tattooed their faces to show their beauty but we only saw the beauty from within.  What a wonderful group of people who really were very grateful for the food the Gleaners had prepared for them.





Thanks to Thomas once again.  The 500 solar lights are going to only the poorest.  The people are so very grateful to you for this gift and one day we hope you will come and see the difference you have made in their lives.  Edwin is teaching them how to use them here.





We realized after Hope going to the airport to meet Catarina, that these children had never been anywhere.  We decided to take them on a little trip in a real van.   This included their own town Jinja which many had never seen before, let alone been in a van.  They had the most wonderful day and it made our hearts happy to see them so excited and grateful.



Sometimes Edwin and I just watch these kids changing by the minute.  They are such a beautiful family and the one thing you will never see is arguing….they never show anger towards each other but always show love.  Laughing and giggling from morning until night.  They have a very rigid daily schedule and I still have a hard time with it but these are Ugandan kids and it's normal.   Up at 6am…chores until 6:30am…tea at 6:45am.   Off to school until 5:30pm….back home to wash their clothes and have a bath.  Dinner at 6:30pm and back to school at 7pm until 9pm.  Homework until 10pm and solar lights off.  And by the way, they do get lunch at school.

If anyone wants to watch the video of the container arriving and some of the people we fed with the Gleaner soup, you can go to:  http://youtub.be/XH4_PHM3u3U





Thanks to all of you for following our story.


















Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"God's Little Angels Ministry"


As I sit here in this sweltering heat gathering all the pictures and events that took place this past month, I am also thinking about the snow back home and it being so cold. Such a contrast from one side of the world to the other.  Presently in Uganda we are waiting for the rains to come so we can start the planting season and get rid of all this red dust.

I also want to share some exciting news.  Our kids….these beautiful little "Angels" who have come from such terrible circumstances to a home that loves and nurtures them have a plan.  
First of all, let me tell you that each night they come into our main home, sit on a mat and watch a Jesus video that Stephanie bought them back home.  They are learning the Bible and are like little sponges right now.  They also have been coming with us as we go from village to village and around our own community to help the poor and feed the starving.  They are always included in each activity.

They have now decided that they want to have their own kid's ministry to do things on their own.  All of them have watched and learned and feel they are ready, so the first thing to do was to choose a name.  They came up with "God's Little Angels Ministry".  They made their own agenda and first on the list will be to buy the donated projector as soon as our money comes.  They would like to show the same Jesus video in the grass hut to their friends in the community.  From there it will grow into having the community join with the adult version.  They also want to go to the elderly home down the road and plant seeds for them so they can have food, wash their clothes and sweep their rooms. Just a few ideas to start with.

The Peace these children can produce far outweighs the trials we endure trying to accomplish our dream.  We know that God is always with us and He is our only strength.  Doesn't matter if we change one life or fifty lives, we just do the best we can with what we have and never give up.






Meet Aunty Joy.  She is our newest Mama to the children and they have so much respect for her.
Together with Aunty Aidha, they make a perfect team teaching each child as if they were their own.






We would also like to introduce you to Mark.  We have had to hire a guard during the day and with Mark's expertise in security, there will be no worry about strangers walking in during the day.






Thank you Northview for our ovens.  Dennis, our electrician along with the help of Edwin have made life so much better in the food department.  I just have to learn where to buy the ingredients but thanks to all my new "Mzungu" friends, I am quickly learning.  Mzungu meaning "white".





We were so happy to have Dolly, Welli and the kids visit from Entebbe.  They had moved indefinitely from Abbotsford a month ago to work for Word of Life in Uganda.  Our kids performed their traditional dance with Shaban on drums and sang their famous "Welcome" song.  We feel very blessed to know this family and share their love of the Lord with them and hopefully we will be a big part of each others lives in the future.  We already miss them.




Meet our little Joseph.  We decided to have a physically challenged outreach program and Joseph is the first of the younger children.  He suffers from Down's Syndrome and in this country, these children never have a chance.  Joseph has always had a dream to go to school and thanks to the Germaine family in Abbotsford who decided to sponsor him,  his dream has now come true. Thanks also to The Pin Cushion Collective group, as we were able to give him a backpack to carry his books in. Thanks Michele and your group for all the backpacks you have given…they are all so appreciated.




This is a sight which is very common on our compound.  Baths….and more baths.  With all this red dirt,  we need to wash frequently.  As soon as we can, we are going to install the showers into the lateen, but the underground pipes must first be fixed to the tank from the well.  That will be done along with the electricity into the children's homes as the power company has just recently put in the pole with lines.





As most of you know, the container we received had 500,000 meals of Gleaner soup mix in it.  This food has been very well received and with our Aunties teaching the community how to cook it Ugandan style, they love it.  One bag is feeding 75 people and each family received 2 bags.  This is one of the events held in the grass hut and we will be doing it again in the near future.






We live within 10 minutes from the only "Old Folks" home in Uganda.  No one could imagine this place….inundated with rats, bats and bed bugs.  No assistance from anyone….no nurse, no visitors, no nothing.  Average age is 80+.  It is situated on 2.7 acres with no crops except a tiny patch of Kale.  The clients have no soap to wash clothes or bodies with, no seeds to plant with and heaven only knows what else they lack.  The kids, Edwin and I went to visit, taking food and teaching them how to cook it.
We took a wheelchair and solar lights from our wonderful friend in Hong Kong who donated lights for the poor.  They can now get to their rooms safely down the dark halls.  Thank you Thomas for helping them.  We had hospital sheets, blankets and towels (100) donated from Langley.  When we gave them those for the beds, the 3 staff requested that it would be better to donated them for when they passed.  That way they could be wrapped in white to give them dignity before they were taken away by motorcycle…yes motorcycle because there is no money for transport.
I have to be honest and say, I have seen poverty at its worst but this is more than unbelievable.  These men and woman are the elders and are the backbone of Africa.  Three men are with them every day dedicating their life to helping them with nothing but love.





Oh yes, and we also gave them new shirts and some pants that were donated by Power to Change.  It was the first new clothes in a very long time.  This is Zakia explaining to this gentleman how to operate his solar light.  Each one of the kids took an elderly friend and helped them.





Our chickens are almost ready for market.  They are at 1kg dressed which means we need a little more weight on them before we sell them.  We have a big market for them in town with the restaurants and schools but all we have are 600.  As soon as we can purchase more chickens and finish the second house which will be the layers, we will have a good business going for them to help finance our project.  We have clients driving as far as Kampala for the birds and then, with the eggs from the layers, we will be able to sell them easily within our 125,000 people in the community.  People here are so happy for us and because we always help them, they want to support us.  That is God at work again…...





OK, so little Alan fell asleep but for the others, they are watching the Jesus video on their mat.  Edwin is helping them to understand as they put their hands up to ask questions and then at the end, he quizzes them.  It is amazing how they are learning and want to know the entire story so quickly.



Our dear friend and sponsor, Catarina,  will be here in little over a week.  We will be going to 5 schools in the Busoga region which is about 120km north of us to teach the young girls about feminine hygiene and becoming a woman.  At that point we will be teaching the local women how to make kits for their young girls with the sewing machine provided in the villages.  We have many community projects to do while Catarina is with us and you can be sure the kids will all be involved too.

Thanks so much for supporting us on this journey both in donations and prayers.

Barb, Edwin and the kids