Help Us Sponsor a Teacher!

The average teacher in Uganda is among the lowest paid of professions. In the main city of Kampala where there are better-funded schools, teachers can make $127 per month or $1,533 per year. In most of the country and outside of the main city, including our 2 schools, where teachers can make as little $41 per month or $500 per year.

We do our best to pay our teachers more but they still receive $500-$700 per year.

Please help us to give our teachers a raise by “sponsoring of a teacher” at just $26 per month. This will give our teachers a raise of over one million shillings or about $300 per year. This is life-changing money helping us also to keep our increasingly improving teaching staff at both our Busoga and Kagoma Gate schools.

We have just 34 teachers to sponsor!

 

Happy International Women’s Day!!

The Giving Circle is blessed by the many women, from all over the world, who share hearts, minds, and energy to advance our many projects. So, by way of acknowledging that, let’s all celebrate International Women’s Day. And, in a shameless theft from the 1970s, we’ll quote Helen Reddy’s song, I Am Woman:

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
‘Cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
(Strong)
I am invincible
(Invincible)
I am woman
Helen Reddy – 1972

And let’s share some images

Thanks and Adieu to The Rices

On Saturday, we said goodbye to Joyce Rice and her son Liam, a real future leader of The Giving Circle. It was wonderful watching mother and son as they enjoyed the pearl of Africa (Uganda), its villagers, and children. It is a great blessing that both are part of The Giving Circle, an ever expanding circle of compassion. Oh, and they left lots of pictures!

Joyful Images From Busoga

On a lighter note, we have pictures of many of our beautiful Busoga children. The footage shows our kids drumming and singing with joy. The happiness extends into a deaf class. As you can see, so many of our deaf and disabled children are now in hearing class and performing very well. What could be better news?

The Rices Have Arrived!!

Monday offered a busy day. We provided Joyce Rice a tour of our projects. These included the New Koi Koi House and Kagoma Gate. Plus we showed off some our agricultural initiatives, particularly our chicken and pig farming.

Sankofa Africa Organization Chooses TGC for Contributions

Leo & Kelly attended the Sankofa Africa Organization Gala at SUNY Albany. They’ve chosen this year to include The Giving Circle as one the charities to which they donate!!

Keturah Off To Her New High School

Mark and Moses had a long, LONG, drive with Keturah. She was on her way to her new high school. She’ll be spending her last two years of high school at one of the top three schools in Uganda. As Momma Jane Checkan is most aware, Mubiru Yeko is also at this school. It was great that he greeted Moses and Mark with such enthusiasm.
You may be wondering about the hijab on Keturah. While it’s true that she and her family are Christian, the school is a Muslim school at which both religions are treated equally. During the parent meeting, the head master told students to respect each other and their religions. Particularly addressing the Islamic students, he also warned the students from ever allowing radicalization to enter their lives.

Great Day Celebrating Busoga School’s 20th Anniversary

Wonderful day Thursday ( mostly as my back went out ). First Godfrey’s school. Then we were off to our Busoga school, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding by Moses and Cecilia. And here we stopped first at the Veranda for a VERY nice birthday cake. Great thanks to Moses Wambi, Emma Cecilia and all.

Graduates and Partnership


Next to the huge 20 anniversary event and the presentation of the poster proclaiming Busoga – Queensbury as partners. Plus we were able to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Another Member of the Team Reports In

Carl Korn has some pictures for us too.
“After a trip to the Source of the Nile, where Ghandi’s ashes were spread and the ancient Egyptians believed all life flowed, we tooled around Jinja and held graduation ceremonies at our schools. I also spent quality time with our “son,” David Mugimba. We leave Uganda for home at 2:45 a.m. Until July!!!!”