Off to JFK and a Painful Goodbye

Heading out in a few to pick up the other two team members from their host families, Ron and Melissa Kendall Deutsch and of course Carl Korn and Cara Bloom Korn.  We’re on the way to JFK, sending off our amazing Ugandan family to their home in certainly warmer Africa. It’s been a very special two weeks: many laughs and exploration. We owe great thanks to the people and the schools who worked with us. We’ve been seeking to “help fill the gaps” in what will become our Collaborative Hybrid Curriculum making our Koi Koi teachers College the first of its kind. Thanks to all.

And now Leo and I are starting the long drive and getting ready to make a sad goodbye, for now, to our four family members.

 

TGC Outreach Elves At Work

We’re so proud, as always, of TGC local out outreach team!!   We find them busy playing Santa for ones in need of a little support this holiday season. Great work Melissa Renee, Patty Riggi and Rachael Dwyer!

And to quote Rachael, “Evie and I played Santa today and delivered the gifts that The Giving Circle ladies bought for three little boys, their families, and four senior citizens. Evelyn loved helping and testing out the toys.”

 

Hearts Filled With Joy

Feeling so much joy. Thanks to so many of you we’ve raised the poorest village out of profound poverty and little hope. We’ve built both of our schools, the orphanage and so much more. Because of you, we are having holiday parties at six locations and villages.

 Thank you again! 2018 was an amazing year, showing great growth. And 2019 will be our best year ever.

Thank you and be well and happy and hold dear what YOU have helped us to do.

 

Second Floor Coming Up: Progress on Robin’s Nest Continues

The next floor of the new Koi Koi house is coming along.   It will be a forever home for countless children for generations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More on our KoiKoi Teachers College Team’s Wonderful Days in Queensbury

 

For two days this week, the staff from the Queensbury school system hosted the team. They have been most kind and helpful. We have so much to do to bring together all the factors it will take to make this teachers college a reality. What our team is learning here will be invaluable in developing training programs for teachers. And, ultimately, the lessons learned here will assure the children in our schools greater success as this college transforms our pool of relatively weaker teachers into power houses of educational skills.  

We have a new partner!  Students in the International Baccalaureate Program at Queensbury High School had a great meeting today with our dear friends from Uganda.  As part of their global learning, these terrific students are entering into a sister school relationship with our schools in Kagoma Gate and Busoga.

2018 Compassion Awards Thank you!

Dear TGC friends, thank you so much for attending our event and for your very generous donations. The Compassion Awards were a wonderful success!  Enjoy some pictures during the event.

We are very grateful!

Real Progress on the Hydroponics Project

 

The hydroponics project is getting closer and closer to start up at our Busoga school’s greenhouse.


Soon, as it produces fish and vegetables, our students’ nutrition will improve. Plus, we’ll see economic benefits in the savings associated with the reduced need to buy food AND in an income stream from the sale of surplus fish.

Great job, Lars P. Anholm! He’s poured his soul into this project . And, as usual, thank you Emma for overseeing the use of concrete in the construction process.

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Congratulations AGAIN To Our Brother Ron

 

Mark says:

SO Proud of my brother from a different mother and The Giving Circle VP, Ron Deutsch.  He’s being honored by the Hunger Action Network of New York.  He’ll receive an award in New York City this Sunday at the Hunger Hurts – Human Right to Food Campaign Brunch.  The world needs more to stand up and emulate the actions of this VERY GOOD man.