This Week’s Thursday Night Outreach Dinner

Guest bartenders CJ and Haley serving up ice tea and lemonade at Thursday night’s street outreach dinner. Their mom Jennifer was tonight’s chef and their driver. CBA boys and Addy were tonight’s servers. Couldn’t ask for a better crew of kids coming out to help. Thanks to the moms too!!!

Ron and Umar

On a low day, these two pictures made me smile and eased some worry.  In the first are Ron and our son Umar.  Umar’s mom died shortly after birth. His “dad” split, leaving Umar with the sweetest old woman/ Jaja( grandmum). She loved him so much. She would carry him on her back until he came to us. We were able to provide a wheelchair to use at school and at home with his Jaja.

He lost his Jaja a few months ago. No family member wanted him. But we certainly did and still absolutely do.

Now He’s Walking!

The video says it all: There are no schools like the two The Giving Circle schools, where NO child is left behind. When we first found Byamukama Tommy, he told Moses he wanted one simple thing “I want to go to school like other children do.” Now, he certainly does that. Plus, with “a little help from his friends” Daniel Coleman and Mommakoikoi, he walks!

Video says it all, There are no schools like the 2 The Giving Circle schools, NO child left behind. When we first found Byamukama Tommy he told Moses he wanted one simple thing " I want to go to school like other children do". Now, he does with "a little help from his friends" Daniel Coleman and Mommakoikoi he walks. ❤️https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCrlyX6XbTU

Posted by Mark Bertrand on Thursday, August 9, 2018

 

Good News From Our Afghan Project

We are so happy to relay news of great progress on The Giving Circle Afghanistan sponsored addition of three classrooms to our great friend Attal Nang’s Wardak High School.

All we do is possible only because of  YOU, all of you who join in this circle of giving, this ever expanding circle of compassion!!  And now what “we do” includes work in Afghanistan.

Our Outreach Efforts Outside Kagoma Gate Identified a Man In Need

This summer we visited a tiny village outside Kagoma Gate in the Mutai to do some outreach. While delivering clothing and more, we met this humble, sweet man.  He meekly asked for help in a respectful and soft voice.  As you can see, he is in need of surgery.  Once we receive direction from Moses, we will send him to Kampala for the surgery he needs.

The Forgotten Now Flourish

 

In just a few years we have taken the forgotten and flawed flowers, and offered them the same opportunity the “healthy beautiful plants” were given. Today our entire garden at Busoga is filled with the beauty of every child. They are speaking, playing, and learning together. Watch the video below. I dare you not to believe this is a miracle, not to be filled with happiness, and not shed a tear or two.

Every single child, every human being is worthy of love, food, health, a safe place to rest, and a REAL quality education. With this simple list of needs met, children can grow into all they can be.

“We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow’, his name is today.”- Gabriela Mistral

“We have a responsibility to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond.” Jim Jeffords

 

In just a few years we have taken the forgotten & flawed flowers, and offered them the same opportunity the "healthy beautiful plants" were given. Today all our garden at The Giving Circle Busoga is filled with the beauty of every child speaking, playing and educated together. Watch the video below, I dare you not to believe this is a miracle, not to be filled with happiness and a tear or 2.Every single child, every human being is worthy of love, food, health, a safe place to lay their head. and a REAL quality education so they can be all they can be.❤️"We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow’, his name is today.”- Gabriela Mistral"We have a responsibility to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond." Jim Jeffords

Posted by Mark Bertrand on Monday, August 6, 2018

Report From Our Schools in Kagoma Gate and Busoga

As our Kagoma Gate and Busoga students prepare for their national exams, one of our lead teachers, Peter Kutosi, reports they are now training lower classes. This includes teaching spelling through games. The games are most enjoyable and motivate to our Children. The teachers are expecting great improvement.

Play is education, whether on the playground swings and slides, the soccer fields, or in the classrooms with enriching games like Scrabble, Chess, and more.

The Giving Circle, now active in our two schools, will even more widely change the face of education in Uganda through our teachers college.

Kagoma and Busoga Junior Update

Kiyaga Samuel, Nampala Mildred, and Tushemerirwe Esther (three Som chess academy instructors) made several trips to Eastern Uganda during July, 2018 to facilitate the Chess Sessions in Kagoma Gate Primary School in Jinja. On average, eighty children have attended the chess trainings, which were conducted on three levels. Those who knew how to play were equipped with more knowledge to help them improve in chess tactics. Those who previously didn’t know how to play were introduced to the game and taught the rules and tactics. Others, who were taught the game in June, were allowed to practice and hone what they had learned.

In the same month, two other chess instructors, Nalukwago Resty and Ayebazibwe Emmanuel, travelled to our Busoga school where they taught over fifty pupils new skills to help them improve in chess. We’re also happy to report that three of our teachers at the Busoga school were also introduced to chess. They will help teach the game to more kids even in the absence of the Som chess academy instructors.

The pupils are loving chess. We believe that their passion for chess will enable them to improve in the game and also to acquire the life skills chess fosters, such as making smart decisions in their daily activities. This is made possible in partnership with the Giving Circle Africa. Thank you for supporting the Som Chess Academy. It will enable us to restore hope and to transform lives through chess, one move at a time.

 

 

 

Our First Seed Took Root and Is Growing Like Crazy

The very first seed The Giving Circle Africa planted is growing to be a very large tree with many branches. TGCA started with our Koi Koi House ( orphanage) for our sons and daughters. We started with twelve children. We made structural additions so we could accommodate more. But our plan was to never exceed twenty boys and girls, so the atmosphere would stay family-like and not like a warehouse.

Our older kids are now in high school and doing so well. This success has been made possible by the generosity of many of you. There are other ways to improve the lives of orphans that depend on our sponsorship program. African families will just keep taking in children as long it is possible to feed and school them. This is what sponsorship allows. Your sponsorship dollars provide the means to meet these basic needs.

Our beginning was hard, but we fought hard for these first twelve and saved them all. In the near future, we plan to see Koi Koi House evolve into a home for deaf and disabled children, who have been “tossed away.”

We are now facing another hurdle. We will share the details of this rather daunting news soon.