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.

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