Uganda: Day 5

Today we went back to Busoga and taught just a few classes:

  • Child Rights & Protection (teachers and students)
  • Art Class

Then, the big event of the day was the Koi Koi Olympics!  The events were:

  • Volleyball
  • 3-legged race
  • Soccer kick
  • Spoon race
  • Golf
  • Bean bag toss

After all this under the HOT, HOT sun, we had a wonderful meal cooked by the women at Busoga.  Last but not nearly least, the Head Mistress, Joyce and Moses lead a wonderful celebration of the donation of school books (“Books for Busoga” Fundraiser). The books were all laid out on the table, we put on labels which included the Organization (TGCA) and the sponsor/donor.  The kids were thrilled.  After this, each child in Primary 1,  2 and 4 received their book!  The children then performed for us for probably 2 hours, it was so great!

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Uganda: Day 3 & Day 4

The internet has been quite poor at the hotel.  For our agenda on Day 3 and Day 4 is as follows and has  been successfully completed:

Day 3 @ Busoga School:

  • Laptop/Ubuntu Training for teachers and students
  • Mind Mapping
  • Geography
  • Sign Language: this class was a HUGE hit and students/teachers requested a second round of classes on this day!
  • Science class: solar system
  • Music class with donated recorders: the kids LOVED it
  • Made soup with noodles, meat and veggies

The students then practiced to perform for us. This was awesome too, they bring tears to us all with their words and emotions.

Day 4 @ Kagoma Gate:

  • Book reading/hand puppets: a great class
  • Simple story writing: we read a book to the kids and they drew or wrote a summary of what they heard
  • Child Rights & Protection class: very important for both students and teachers
  • Art Class
  • Camera/Picture taking “field trip” where the kids went into their homes and took pictures of their “life”
  • Guitar playing: this was wonderful – the kids really got into it and learned our “american” kid songs quickly
  • Soccer games
  • Made soup with noodles, meat and veggies

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Uganda: Day 2

Today we went to church with the Koi Koi kids. After that we took a tour of the Source of the Nile. Later on in the evening we prepped for the start of all our projects!  The busy two weeks are about to begin!

To see lots of pictures, please also check Mark Bertrand and Kelly Mommakoikoi Bertrand’s Facebook pages.



Uganda Day 1

The team arrived at 3am this morning. By the time we made it to the hotel, it was 6am! We slept for a while and then:

  • Picked up the Koi Koi kids
  • Toured all the sites of our next two weeks of projects

I will say that our visit to Kagoma Gate was, well, it took our breath away! The progress is amazing to see in person! We also found a little child withnanterrible open sore on his foot. He doesn’t live in this village so our midwife wouldn’t have found him. We took him to a clinic where he will be treated.

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The Travel Team Leaves for Uganda!

Today the team of 14 leave for Uganda with us for almost 2 weeks working on all our projects. Stay tuned for updates and pictures along the way!


While we are all there, it’s all of you that made this work possible!  It’s because of your loyalty and support that we are able to continue to provide sustainability and change the lives of the people we work tirelessly for and love so much.

2 Days to go…

We will soon be reunited with our Ugandan Family in just two more days!  Keep an eye on the blog, we will provide daily updates (power and internet-willing) on our travel team experiences and pictures!!


Just a few days away now…

Only days before we leave now. While we are there, we have a FULL schedule at all our projects & with all our Ugandan team/ family.  One special event will be at our Kagoma Gate Friendship School: a very special awards ceremony for our amazing chess team. Included in this ceremony will be these “very smart” new shirts for the team. Shirts produced by Chris Dunn and Royal Flush Ink.


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Helping a Wonderful Family in Need!

After our Foot Golf Fundraiser we took a small group to do what The Giving Circle does best: bringing hope and making a heavy load a little lighter for a wonderful, but struggling family.

Today we spent the day cleaning the home and doing repairs for such a wonderful family who has known so many struggles.

The daughter, who has cerebral palsy, and the Dad, who suffered a brain aneurysm several years ago and is disabled….and Mom who carries most of the burden at home.  She was in kidney failure and requiring dialysis. The GREAT news is mom just received a kidney in the last month!

Today we did what seemed like such a simple thing: clean the house, clean the windows, clean the drapes, clean the cabinets, etc.  The MOST important thing was the HOPE and JOY this family felt knowing “strangers” cared about them, loved them.

A day of great laughs and fun with some work thrown in to boot.

It is so easy to change the life of another, you just need try.


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Foot Golf Fundraiser a Success!

Today we held our first foot golf fundraiser at Colonial Acres Golf Course in Glenmont, NY. We raised close to $5,500 to benefit the rebuild of our The Giving Circle’s Busoga Primary School!     Folks that participated donated their soccer balls to The Giving Circle to bring to Uganda as well!  A BIG THANK YOU to all of you that came out to support us!

Melanie and Michael of Deets Catering donated the food and it was DELICIOUS!

A special thank you to Chris Dunn of Royal Flush, Inc, who made the awesome t-shirts, and Denise Stasik for putting this together. It was a great day!


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