Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Break Outreach

Every year spring break is one of our favourite times of year, we get to host the Pacific Academy School Outreach team and they are always an amazing group of kids and leaders. 

This year was especially fun for Joel since the boys that were on the team were in Grade 11 like him and his friend who is here, Malachi. The boys were able to jump right in and join the team during classroom devotions, home visits, sports days and school outreach trips. Also one of the leaders was our friend Lizabee who we have lived in Uganda with for several years, it's always a treat to be reunited with great friends here! 

All of our kids were very helpful; joining the team to collect water, take them on hikes, and helped out with sports day stations, they loved this group and wanted to spend as much time with them as they could. 

Getting to deliver gifts from home for sponsored students is always really special.  

Building a mud hut for a student in our school does not get old! We usually get to help out with the building of a few homes each year and our kids love each and every one! 

The team worked really hard, even with a delay in the morning because of rain, to get completed by the end of the day. 

The sun came out after we started but it wasn't too hot of a day which was great. 

Avin's friend from home, Mirah, was also able to join us in Kibaale for a few days with her Dad, Cameron; it was great having them with us! 

We had to walk quite a distance to fetch water to make the mud, but everyone did it with smiles on their faces. 

Our own students in Kibaale go on Outreach themselves each term and one day the team was able to join them as they visited a needy family in the community. They brought them food and clothes, dug in her garden and took the very long walk to water to with their jerry cans to stock up. 

Our friend Cameron showing them their family photo. 

This hike to water is long and steep, and this family only has small children, so it is quite a challenge for them everyday. It was quite a beautiful spot though that we had never been to before! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Visitor Season Is Here!

With the new school year beginning in February comes a constant stream of visitors, volunteers, and groups in Kibaale, and we love it! 

We started the year with Gabriella returning, this is her third year with us which means that she jumps right in and is a huge help with our sponsorship office and hosting. As well she has become like part of our family over these past few years, so we're very excited to have her with us until the summer. 

A family friend from home Jayden arrived next, she will be with us for 2 months and has been great to have here! She is a very talented artist so aside from helping out with the students in Kibaale she is doing a few murals and paintings in different classrooms and at the clinic. 

Joel's best friend from home, Malachi is also here for a couple months! He has been a great help with setting up for groups and just helping out our family as well jumping in with all the activities going on. These two boys have lived a part more than together over the past 10 years but have kept a great friendship, this is a pretty amazing experience to share together! 

Gabriella's mom Sylvia Shury, her friend Linda Peters, and Erin Clark from Village Church with her 3 girls who are 6, 8, and 10 years old were just here for the past 2 weeks! Our kids love visitors, but when kids come they are thrilled, and these girls were especially fun to have around; they did amazing with all the travel, jumped into any activity we had planned for them, and played great with all the students in Kibaale!

One of the highlights for us is going with our visitors to meet their sponsor child, whether the students are super outgoing, or really shy, it's so fun to watch! 

 Not only did everyone in this group sponsor more children themselves while here, 25 of our nursery students got sponsored through their posts on Instagram and Facebook, that is huge!! There are only SEVEN Nursery students still needing sponsors, click here to start sponsoring one of them today! 

Linda and Pauline

Sylvia with Stecia

Erin, Sienna, Hayden, and Bella with Shanitah

Building a mud hut is also a favourite activity with groups, in 10 years this is the first time where it was pouring rain all morning, we delayed as long as possible but finally realized we were going to be mudding this house in the rain! It was very wet, very cold, but so much fun, everyone worked really hard and we were able to get everything done in the day.

This beautiful Mama was so excited to be getting a new house and was also out with us in the pouring rain all morning, she even tried to help out a bit, with a baby on her back! 

Over the past 2 weeks all of the visitors were also hanging out with the students, helping with the Awana program, and going on lots of home visits to give out gift baskets, goats, and new shoes!  

In Kibaale we are still feeling the effects of the awful drought, thanks to donations from so many of you we were able to give away much needed maize flour to over 500 families in our community! 

 Thank you so much to all of our visitors these past 2 months for choosing to serve in Kibaale, we have loved having each one of you!!