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Peace Corps Donates Mosquito Nets

Willy writes, “I Am happy to inform you that we secured 400 mosquito nets for our supported children.”

The nests were donated by Peace Corp Uganda through Lwengo District local government.”

Uncle Jackson Wadidi and leader of the Catholic laity, Mr. Lubega, showing how to lay out mosquito nets before use, and sharing learning materials to study at home with children.”

We are happy and hearts rejoicing today as we have distributed mosquito nets and lockdown learning materials to vulnerable households in Lwengo District.

Rakai Health Sciences Program promotes Women’s Entrpreneurships, supports Child-headed Households

This morning KCDO gratefully received direct assistance from the Rakai Health Sciences Program, an organization sponsored by Johns Hopkins University. Rakai has previously provided 5 years of HIV medicine and research for local KCDO children afflicted with HIV.

Bukenya Willy, Executive Director of KCDO, writes, “Am happy to inform you that Rakai Health Sciences Program has supported more women and child-headed families with income generating projects to ensure sustainability and family improvements in income levels.”

Bukenya Willy continues, “The support includes retail shop items, charcoal sellers, farm inputs like vegetable seedlings, herbicides, fertilizers, spray pump.”

“Watering cans were given to all HIV positive children so that they can help in the gardens.”

Receiving these gifts is both a great achievement and a great blessing. KCDO’s ongoing positive relationship with Rakai has helped secure this important assistance. These products will give women and children the ability to work to sustain their own families so that they can have independence and security.

Covid-19: Food and Water?

While the world is held hostage by this terrible virus, and children everywhere are told, “Just keep washing your hands!” the children of KCDO are wondering not only how to wash their hands without water, but also wondering how to get food, now that everyone is under quarantine.

The lack of running water is always a problem, but during this pandemic mothers and children are doing the best they can.

This young woman is using stockings as a mask.

One of the main difficulties that families are facing is the lack of food. Fortunately the Wonderland BookSavers Go Fund Me page funds sent to KCDO are enabling the community to purchase beans, rice and cooking oil.

This KCDO community leader is delivering sacks of food to the many villagers who are suffering starvation due to this pandemic.

Thank you so much to the many American donors who have enabled this supply of food.

Please keep remembering these children in your prayers. They are praying for you as well.

Piggery Pop-Up

The Covid-19 pandemic has reached Uganda, and KCDO offices are being closed; the piggery is being temporarily disbanded. Fortunately, notwithstanding the pandemic, the KCDO piggery is providing frontline micro-economic opportunities for local women in the Lwengo District of Uganda.

As Jack Neighbor notes in a recent article in National Geographic, “Women have long been underestimated and underutilized in many societies, including across Africa. Now, through hard work, global commitments, and localized training initiatives, women entrepreneurs are making their mark on the economies of southern Africa.”

Each piglet, with her bag of food, is ready to start a new piggery

To Neighbor’s point, both the piggery and KCDO are using this opportunity to provide 20 local women with booster grants and materials to start their own businesses.  KCDO has been teaching entrepreneurial skills for the past year.  The women graduates are now provided with the tools for success.

Willy writes, “Am happy to inform you that today, Saturday, we have been able to support 20 women with income generating projects to assist them in these trying moments.  10 women got pigs, animal feed and booster feeds to start their own piggery schemes at the household level.  Others have got retail shops items like merchandise goods, drums for brewery, seedlings, fertilizers since its planting season, among others.”

And he says,

“We are grateful to Wonderland BookSavers and the team who helped us start the piggery project that is supporting other small businesses for rural poor women in Kyamaganda community and Lwengo District.”

This is a great example of successful micro-entrepreneurship, which started with a fund-raising pool party in the USA and 8 months later concludes with financial independence for 20 women and their families in Uganda.

 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10

Community Helps Renovate House for Vulnerable Children

Yesterday we had mobilized the youth and community people after the
childrens party to come on Saturday and we help the household with eleven orphaned children. The children stay with old grandmother aged 69 years. The oldest girl is 12 years and the youngest is 8 years. The house they stay in is made up of mud and wattles. The house is in sorry state.

Today we got a good Samaritan who gave us bricks and they have been carried to the site and the foundation was dug. The rural people have participated and we hope by the end of January it will be ready for use. The only challenge is manufactured materials that are not available in the community but the will to make it so is available.

The kitchen is also worrying and the household was chancefully supported
with T-shirts and some shoes.

Tough Mudder Comes to Kyamaganda

Our reach from one continent to another continues to grow.  Today more T-shirt donations, in coordination with US-Africa Children’s Fellowship and Wonderland BookSavers reached the Kyamaganda Community Development Organization.

As Mark (usacf.net) explained, “Tough Mudder is a for profit organization that runs sports competitions. Basically they set up huge obstacles courses that run for miles. Some of their events run for 24 hours. Contestants run up and down hills, climb over rope walls, splash through mud and crawl on their bellies. They run events across the United States and in England. Up to 400,000 people compete every year. They print about 450,000 T-shirts a year to make sure they have enough. Because I know one of the staff members of Tough Mudder, USACF gets all the extras.

The Kyamaganda community children are already living under extremely competitive and difficult conditions. They are the true winners of the Tough Mudder competition and should wear their T-shirts with pride. They are the real winners!