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?

Posted by Mark Bertrand on Friday, March 1, 2019

Posted by Mark Bertrand on Friday, March 1, 2019

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.

Posted by Mark Bertrand on Thursday, February 21, 2019

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.

Posted by Mark Bertrand on Thursday, February 21, 2019

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!!!!”

Posted by Carl Korn on Friday, February 22, 2019

Ice Cream Outreach!!

Our peerless Outreach Team strike again! “Giving back” takes on a whole new twist when you’re talking ice cream sundaes. Just ‘cause you’re homeless doesn’t mean you don’t have a sweet tooth. Our friends from Schuylerville provided this super treat. It was another great night with these guys who saw to the ice cream and acknowledged the humanity of us all. Seriously, do ice cream sundaes ever get old??!! The team sends out big thanks to the Schuylerville ice cream guys for stopping by Code Blue. The team loves having them there and the guests love new faces.

A Team Member’s First Day

Candice Farrell is part of the team who traveled from the States to Uganda for the opening of our Koi Koi University Teachers School. She brings us pictures and comments:

“My first day in Africa led me to these beautiful children. I’m so humbled and blessed to have the chance to meet them. Their potential is tremendous. They just need to continue to have the opportunity. Donations are what make it possible.” https://www.thegivingcircle.org

Days 1 and 2 of Koi Koi U Are In The Bank!


Our second day of Koi Koi U 2019 teachers conference was amazing. The seed is planted. We’ve tossed the first stone into the water and the ripples have started. Opportunity and success will spread from this point.

Posted by Mark Bertrand on Wednesday, February 20, 2019