Wednesday, January 25, 2012

We're moving! (The blog, that is!)

We're moving to Wordpress... Find us here: Ten Eighteen Inc.

I'll move some posts over to the new site, which will show up as "new" but, of course, won't be. But new stuff will be coming soon, so thanks for following us over!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What can we do in 4 months?

In a little over 4 months we will be returning to Uganda, and I'm so excited! It looks like I will only be able to make 1 trip in 2012, so I'm going to make it count! (Not that I don't always try to do that, but you know what I mean...!) So we've got a lot to organize in the next 4 months, and some money to raise to make it all happen.

Here's what's on the agenda so far:

* We're going to have a party for the kids from the 2011 basketball camp!  I'm really excited about this, and I think a lot of our volunteers will be able to join us. This is a great way to make sure the kids know that we really care about them, that we are still thinking about them, and that we are really interested in their lives and how they're doing. We're going to ask Nesco to once again cater our lunch, and I think we'll make it a big one, with meat and soda and even dessert.

* We will be meeting with the women who have received micro business grants, and talking to more ladies and reviewing their business proposals.

* We will have a lunch for the ladies of Nawezakana, also catered by Nesco. I'm really excited about this, as it's hard to get them all together, but always an amazing time when we do.

* Because a medical team is coming to work in Namuwongo on May 18, we will be leaving Fathers House to make room for them, and going to Jinja. While there we will be visiting with Hospice Jinja, and spending a night at the Arise Africa orphanage in Bukaleba. We are all excited to get to spend a lot of time with those precious kids!

* After I leave on May 23, Ryan will staying another week and working most days with Ray of Hope. She's not sure all she'll be doing, but Emily assures me there is plenty for her to do, so she's really excited to report back after she returns at the end of the month.

As always, we could sure use your help to continue our work. We love monthly donations, but one time gifts are awesome too! They allow us to have the parties and meals for the kids and ladies in Kampala, bring treats to the orphans in Bukaleba, and have the ability to help as needs arise when we're there. Every single dollar counts, and every single dollar can make a real difference.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It's 2012 - are you sponsoring a child this year?

Ten Eighteen sponsors several dozen children, and we need your help! School fees have gone up this year (their school year is Jan-Dec) because of the incredible level of inflation in 2011. We are committed to continuing our support of the kids we've been able to help - but we really need YOUR help to do it. Won't you consider sending a child to school this year?

For the cost of 2 pizzas a month, you can sponsor a child.
For the cost of 3 movie tickets, you can sponsor a child.
For less than the cost of one tank of gas, you can sponsor a child.

Child sponsorship with Ten Eighteen isn't just about paying a little bit and an unknown child goes to school. We know these kids. All of them. And many of them get one meal a day - the one they get because they're in school. Your sponsorship isn't just about education, although that is vital for these children to be able to get out of the slums... It's really, honestly, about their life.

Life in Uganda. My descriptions are not melodramatic... because they're true. And you can, literally, save a child's life. Ensure a child's future. And show God's love.

Won't you help? They really, really need you.