[Note: I’ve been trying to upload this for 3 days so ‘today’ is not really ‘today’]
Today we made our way from Jinja to the Mayuge District where Peace Gospel International operates a high school, a rural clinic and a women’s business empowerment program. Mayuge District is located in eastern Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria near the border of Kenya. The Ugandan school year kicks off in late February but it takes some time for all the students to register, especially in an election year. National elections were held last week and local elections are going on this week. We expect around 200 students to enroll this year once everything settles after the election security implementations.
There is so much activity on our main campus. A new school building, our largest building to be constructed on campus yet, is going up and should be ready soon– a major step needed in reaching our national accreditation. We also have several new latrines either just finished or still under construction, a new kitchen and a canteen from which the students can buy snacks at affordable prices (an effort to reduce the temptation to leave campus during the day). Not to mention the new solar solution provided by a grant from the Total Foundation. Among meeting other electricity needs, this has afforded us the ability to power a water pump from our well, thus providing running water on campus! Around campus, you will also see many children from our women’s business empowerment program playing while their moms practice their craft making skills in classes provided on campus.
A local hotel
Petrol is sold by the liter in used coke bottles
Our Uganda directors with their 9 adopted children
Cooking in the temporary kitchen of the orphan home; new kitchen yet to be built out
The new orphan home, solar powered
New bathrooms for the orphan home
Onions in the garden project
New piggery capacity can hold up to 100 pigs being raised in humane conditons
We’re growing coffee!
A newborn of one of our women in the crafts program being taken care of by a niece
Preparing lunch for our students and women in the crafts program is no small task!
The medical clinic
Some of our turkeys on the farmland
Our doctor on call at the clinic
Temporary girls dorm at the high school
More new bathrooms
New dining room in the orphan home. They’re so happy with the new home; the previous facility was extremely primitive
One of our high school students with our head of school.
The students at the high school are just starting to come back; it’s start of the school year in Uganda
Women’s craft business program…
Making paper beads…
Paper bead clutch purse
Using fire to make the paper bead necklaces
Finished paper bead necklaces
Children of the women in our crafts business program