We continue TO BE AMAZED AND HUMBLED BY THE GREAT STUFF HAPPENING IN THE VILLAGE OF RUGARAMA THROUGH ALL YOUR SUPPORT.
For starters, Anthony the young boy whose picture appeared in our last edition of this Newsletter has been receiving treatment for his ear condition. All the needed funds came through and on the 26th of May 2013, Paul the team leader traveled to Kampala with Anthony’s dad and Anthony to see an ENT specialist from India at Norvik Hospital. The doctor prescribed medication and on the 26th of July, 2013, the young lad will be under-going review at the same hospital. From the look of things, Anthony will be healed! Bless God!
Anthony (2nd right) dancing with his friends!!
Football / Soccer.
On the 26th of June, 2013, we traveled over 40 Km with a team of 16 boys from our school-Life Community Academy to participate in a football/ Soccer tournament drawing together over 30 under 16 teams from 9 districts of south western Uganda!! It was the first time for our boys to travel that long distance beyond the boundaries of our village!! And playing footie in a proper stadium!! They were the youngest team at the tourney!! Despite having traveled from 4am that morning on top of a pickup truck over a dusty, potholed stretch of earth road, the boys put up an impressive show, producing the best youngest player of the tournament in Aston Ahumuza our goal keeper!!
The “stars” atop a pickup truck on arrival from the tourney” WE REALLY NEED OUR OWN SCHOOL VAN” They exclaimed on arrival back!!
In the late 80s and Early 90s, HIV infection rate in Uganda hit a record 40% and was one the highest in Sub Saharan Africa! The situation was tamed in Early 2000s down to 6-7%. Thank God!
However, the height of the scourge left Uganda with thousands of Child Headed Households! And the biggest number of orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa!
Marylyn and Darison are two young people who grew up in child headed Households in our village having lost both parents at a tender age! Through a lot of Struggle and help from relatives, they completed four years of secondary education! In Uganda education gets more expensive as one goes higher! Marylyn and Darison are not in position to raise the needed funds for their education since they have younger siblings who need to be cared for. The two chose to work as volunteer teachers at Life Community Academy! They are awesome with the children!! They seem to have been designed for this work! As a school we want to see them pursue their dream of training as early learning instructors!! The course covers 2 years and costs 2 million Uganda shillings (USD 800) per learner. Any help rendered to these two amazing young people, would be highly appreciated!!
Marylyn, after her morning class. Ever Jolly that you hardly can tell she has been through a lot as a child!
Team Leader, Life Community Academy