Friday, November 28, 2008

Perusal Material

Check out the new Kibaale Community Centre blog

KCC Blog

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Nursery Application Interviews

The office was so busy today as it was Nursery application day! Here in Uganda, school runs in three terms starting at the beginning of the year. As this year is coming to an end, the now Nursery kids will be moving to Kindergarten and we have openings for 50 new Nursery students!

Last week, hundreds of hopeful applicants applied at the School Administration level and the list was narrowed down to approximately 130 students. These applicants were given slips of paper and asked to come to the KCF (Kibaale Children’s Fund) for further interviewing. And, that was today – it was a full house. We had four staff members conducting the interviews (I was unable to help with this as my Luganda isn't so good).

Within the next couple of weeks, two of the KCF staff (Cephas and Mugabi) will be making home visits to all of the applicants and eventually this list will be narrowed down to the 50 final students.

Interviews started at 8:30am to 3pm

These kids are just too cute!

People were lined up out the door.

Cephas and Justine are interviewing.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A weeks of Gifts Baskets and Famine Relief

A great thing about my job is handing out special gifts. These are donated by sponsors and people just like you and it’s either designated to a specific sponsor child or to a child who needs it the most. Gifts come in all shapes and forms – from goats, to cows, to houses, to kitchens, to shoes and clothing to gift baskets and much more. This last week, our office bought the supplies and complied 29 gift baskets to give away on Friday. Wow, what an amazing time! Check out the photos below and you can see for yourselves!

A gift basket is such a great gift - it is filled with essentials like rice, soap, matches, paraffin, and much more!

Here is 9 of the 29 we gave away

Some of the kids coming to pick up their gifts - they have so much personality!

Fun times with Sean and the kids on the computer.

All the kids are so happy with the gifts, they just put the basekts on their heads and away they go!

Kids all the way from Nursury to Senior 4 (Grade 11) came to the office to recieve gifts

This last week Sean and his Community Services Department partnered with the local counsellor and government to help with the famine. It’s kind of funny, because with a famine you always think of water shortage. But this situation had come about when hundreds of people’s crops were destroyed by a hailstorm leaving them with no source of food. The Community Services Department worked with the local government to assess the neediest of the needy and those selected were able to come for some food assistance. It’s only been through the generous donations of the people back home in Canada that we were able to provide this relief, and the experience is something that is hard to explain in words. Truly rewarding work. Check out the photos below to see.

The 'Tipper' (dumptruck) the center owns, loaded up with Maize flour. 39 bags at 50kg each.

One group of women waiting to be called to receive their portions

This is the list of the needy families prepared by the counsellor for the sub-county. You can see names, gender of the person picking it up, and number of children as well as a place for each person to sign (or, as was the case with about 1/3rd of the people there, a thumbprint for verification if they could not write)

One of the older women we helped

Happy to receive some assistance. Every face has a story

The early crowd which ballooned later in the day to three times the size seen. The process is time consuming

A child carrying his portion home for his family, with mom at his side

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thanks guys

Appreciating the freedom, even in Africa....

Sunday, November 9, 2008

99.726% there...

364 days ago Jamie and I were married. Tomorrow is our one-year anniversary! Rather than go away this weekend, we stayed home and painted our new house, knocked some things out, and started to get it ready to move in to. We're pumped. Next weekend we'll be heading away into Kampala to do some business, then go to a resort and do a safari. We're pretty excited about that - elephants never get old, and it's been a year since we saw them last. How many people can say that?

Just wanted to do a very quick update to say that we're still alive. We'll be busy this week working and getting the new place ready. We'll try and get some pictures up soon, but right now I've got to duck inside and get away from all these mosquitoes.

Oh yeah, and this morning I killed a bat.