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Updates on the mini-team trip to Uganda

With great thanks to Fingerpaint and Bo Signoracci Goliber construction is well underway on the walls of the 6th & 7th grade class room block. Walls will soon be complete windows and doors soon to be installed!

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Here are 3 of our youngest Koi Koi Kids including, of course, the queen of the world: Veronica, jumping for joy! We can’t wait until the 26th when her new arm is put on!!!

https://www.facebook.com/mark.bertrand.56/videos/10212098643640529/

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A great surprise and honor today as we officially were to dedicate the opening of the official branch of our Koikoi U’Rafiki Saving and micro loan bank!  Mark was so happy and red-faced to find a surprise when the plaque was uncovered.

Then it was on to a wonderful cake, party and meal at Moses and Cecilia‘s home (also celebrating Mark’s birthday) AND Keturah was home from boarding school!

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Keturah

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AND, this is what happens with Giving Circle Volunteers come to Uganda:

https://www.facebook.com/mark.bertrand.56/videos/10212057382449025/

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Washington State University Tri-Cities Engineering Students Partnership!

We would like to thank a long time friend, great supporter and member of TGCA family: Professor Scott Hudson.

Scott and his electrical engineering students of Washington State University Tri-Cities are helping us with not one, but TWO amazing projects (gifts) for our Ugandan school.  One is the gift of solar and the second is the gift of sustainable food.

AT KAGOMA GATE: will be an incredible solar system on the 2-classroom block (seen in picture below) which our Friends at Fingerpaint Marketing have just donated the funds for us to complete.

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This 2-classroom block serves as class rooms, village church, village meeting hall, place of celebrations and more. Now, thanks to this solar system, they will have good light well into the night.

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AT BUSOGA: This is an amazing project for our Busoga school.  The WSU Tri-Cities electrical engineering students are designing and building a solar power-powered aquaponic system to enable us to grow vegetables and raise fish in a self-contained, very-off-grid system which will be located in our greenhouse.

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Uganda, like much of Africa, is struggling with drought yet again, as seen in this video.   This system can and will change this. In time we will expand this system and duplicate it at our Kagoma Gate school and projects.

Read about this incredible system that Professor Scott Hudson and his students have designed, constructed and will ship to Uganda this summer.  Scott will be part of our summer travel team and will install these projects during this trip.

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Thank you so much Scott and all your students!!

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A Great Partnership: Fingerpaint Marketing

We are so happy to announce that our good friends at Fingerpaint Marketing are partnering with us to fund the completion of the last of the 2-classroom block at Kagoma Gate Friendship School.  Their generous gift will allow us to complete the walls, add windows and doors plus lots more!

Fingerpaint Marketing is a wonderful company and unmatched in their dedication to philanthropy.  Ed Mitzen and his staff, especially Bo Signoracci Goliber, have been so kind to help us move this project forward.

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

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Paying it forward into 2017!

At the Westside Sports Bar & Grill, from 12-3pm on January 14th, a percentage of all sales will benefit The Giving Circle!  All bar, restaurant and gift certificates will be counted toward the donation.

A big thank you to our dear friend Tammy D’ercole for putting this together for us!  So come in and pick up your gift certificates early for Superbowl, Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day, or even graduation catering! It’s an easy and creative way to support our community, state, national and global efforts!

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Last Holiday Miracle Update for Lefebvre family!

The last of the Holiday Miracle is complete when Kim Klopstock delivered to the Lefebvre family their very special Christmas meal. While there, Mark mentioned to Angelo that Santa sent us a  letter Santa asking if we could help his family because he loved them so much.

Well Angelo jumped out of his skin with excitement so Mark told him he would e-mail the Santa letter to his mom. After some scrambling, here it is with pictures of Santa’s helper Chef Kim’s delivery.

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TGCA Holiday Parties!

Each year we provide for our Ugandan families Christmas/Holiday Parties and gifts at four (4) of our main project locations.
We also provide gifts for our children, hard working and dedicated TGCA leadership team, Teachers and staff.

We can do this and ALL we do ONLY because of YOUR love, compassion and support. In 2016 we experienced amazing growth and advances because of your love and support.

Let 2017 be our greatest year ever! Please enjoy Christmas & Holiday JOY in Uganda.

Another TGC Holiday Miracle!

Santa called and said he ne15591638_10211465006559998_3352970865218893044_oeded The Giving Circle’s help for one more Holiday Miracle before Christmas.

This one is for a VERY special and beautiful little girl named Khloe Grace, and the family that cares for and loves her so much.

15591276_10211465006680001_2450805504376305770_oKhloe Grace is a fighter (her story below). We were able to provide, well help Santa provided, some toys for Khloe but needed to also help the family be able to better care for Khloe and get her safely to her many medical appointments. They have a VERY long driveway which dad had to shovel by hand!  Well, no longer!  We hope this new snowblower will take some pressure off dad and mom freeing up more time to be with this little angel.

As always thank YOU to all who support The Giving Circle, it is because of YOU we are able together to do what we do.

Khloe began experiencing severe symptoms of the 5-6 cm mass engulfed in her brain stem around September, mom took her to doctors, as well as numerous hospital visits, until finally they ordered an MRI. The MRI was scheduled 3 weeks out on November 3rd.  Khloe began to get worse. Finally the day of her MRI came and doctors ran out to inform Amy and Glenn (mom & dad) about their findings, as well as prepping Khloe to be transferred to Albany Med for immediate surgery to place a lifesaving EVD in. Basically it removed about a gallon of fluid from Khloe’s brain because the tumor was blocking her brain stem. She would have not made it through the night. The other findings from the MRI were that Khloe had 10 more tumors in her brain and 10 more in her spinal cord! These tumors are the size of fingernails.

15542375_10211465013280166_4546693788723994702_nOn November 8th Khloe endured a 12-13 hr surgery to remove the kiwi-sized tumor from her brain stem.  They also had to biopsy the mass to determine what type of cancer, and to remove it so her brain stem can have a normal flow of fluids into her spine. Khloe now has to use a walker, her eyes are off-balance (she can’t focus), and she will be on seizure meds for quite some time. Khloe, mom and Glenn spent 3 more weeks in the hospital until she was well enough to go home. On December 13th Khloe started her first round of chemo. She will have to endure chemo for a year, and hopefully no radiation! The biopsy results came back, Khloe has Astrocytoma which is cancer that forms in the glial cells of the brain and spine.

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TGCA: Graduating High School!

“Sometimes all you need is just for somebody to believe in you in order to be able to accomplish maybe what you never thought you could. ” Drew Brees

The Ugandan school year has ended and 2 children of our sponsorship program have completed advanced level high school. Thanks to their sponsors these children were able to attain something they could only have dreamed of, graduating High school.

In addition, for Kituyi Mariam is headed to medical school thanks to her sponsors the Crocker family. 

Lastly, for Kawaga Paul, thanks to his sponsors, the Mann Family Will Mann, Ernie and Andrea Mann, Kawaga Paul is heading to Law school.

VERY proud of them both!

Kituyi Mariam

Kawaga Paul

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Another TGC Holiday Miracle!

Santa called and said he ne15591638_10211465006559998_3352970865218893044_oeded The Giving Circle’s help for one more Holiday Miracle before Christmas.

This one is for a VERY special and beautiful little girl named Khloe Grace, and the family that cares for and loves her so much.

15591276_10211465006680001_2450805504376305770_oKhloe Grace is a fighter (her story below). We were able to provide, well help Santa provided, some toys for Khloe but needed to also help the family be able to better care for Khloe and get her safely to her many medical appointments. They have a VERY long driveway which dad had to shovel by hand!  Well, no longer!  We hope this new snowblower will take some pressure off dad and mom freeing up more time to be with this little angel.

As always thank YOU to all who support The Giving Circle, it is because of YOU we are able together to do what we do.

Khloe began experiencing severe symptoms of the 5-6 cm mass engulfed in her brain stem around September, mom took her to doctors, as well as numerous hospital visits, until finally they ordered an MRI. The MRI was scheduled 3 weeks out on November 3rd.  Khloe began to get worse. Finally the day of her MRI came and doctors ran out to inform Amy and Glenn (mom & dad) about their findings, as well as prepping Khloe to be transferred to Albany Med for immediate surgery to place a lifesaving EVD in. Basically it removed about a gallon of fluid from Khloe’s brain because the tumor was blocking her brain stem. She would have not made it through the night. The other findings from the MRI were that Khloe had 10 more tumors in her brain and 10 more in her spinal cord! These tumors are the size of fingernails.

15542375_10211465013280166_4546693788723994702_nOn November 8th Khloe endured a 12-13 hr surgery to remove the kiwi-sized tumor from her brain stem.  They also had to biopsy the mass to determine what type of cancer, and to remove it so her brain stem can have a normal flow of fluids into her spine. Khloe now has to use a walker, her eyes are off-balance (she can’t focus), and she will be on seizure meds for quite some time. Khloe, mom and Glenn spent 3 more weeks in the hospital until she was well enough to go home. On December 13th Khloe started her first round of chemo. She will have to endure chemo for a year, and hopefully no radiation! The biopsy results came back, Khloe has Astrocytoma which is cancer that forms in the glial cells of the brain and spine.

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