Each week for Kirabo Seeds we have a team meeting with the staff on Tuesdays. I dedicate much of my Monday afternoon to organizing the topics of interest for the meeting into an email for the staff in Uganda. They use the email to generate discussion and they gather the information I need on this side of our organization. It’s not a wonderful way to work. Internet is unpredictable, the time difference is nine hours and phone talk is difficult and expensive. I can barely understand their accent if I can’t read their lips! We also use whatsapp for free text messaging. This is the best way for us all to keep up with what needs to be done and it is easy to have little chats. In the team email, I always have to request “more photos please”. It’s a challenge for the staff to stop what they are doing and take some photos of the kids playing. So I tend to nag a little bit. But it’s necessary and important for me to be able to share with our supporters the developments and joys in our home. Once a week I enjoy sharing a blog with everyone and almost daily I post a photo on instagram (@kiraboseeds). It also posts on my personal Facebook.
Watching the children play, change, and grow is a pleasure. Living so far from them is difficult but the regular photos help to feel close to what everyone is doing over there in Uganda. I hope you will enjoy our regular instagram posts and when you do offer up some thanks to Kiah, Kenny, Phiona, Robert and Julie who pause in their daily work to share the photos with us all.
I have some good news for the sponsors of our children.Yesterday I asked Jordan to do my home jobs so I could go away for 24 hours and work on sponsor updates. The interruptions I get in this home while trying to work is unbelievable. What I can accomplish all by myself, alone, in a short time is also unbelievable. So the material is off to the printer today and soon you’ll receive fun packages from the kids in Uganda.
As I go through the files of sponsors I am sad to see sometimes the most enthusiastic sponsors drift away to other causes and give up on Kirabo Seeds. It is just the way this seems to go with some people. I try not to take it personally, but, really, this work is personal! My usual fall back is to find the silver lining so I train myself to focus on the good news, which is: we have openings for new sponsors!
To sponsor one of our children at Kirabo Seeds we do our best to connect you with the child so you can exchange letters and photos. Each time I travel the child makes a card and writes a letter and shares their report card. We send these packages three times a year in the snail mail, but you are welcome to email photos and letters anytime and the more the better. The kids love getting mail. I also share personal information with the sponsors about how the child is struggling and in need of prayer. The kids at Kirabo Seeds definitely love and appreciate their sponsors. They pray for their sponsors every day and remember them when they give God thanks for the good that is happening in their lives. It is a special relationship that can be developed as much or as little as you wish.
We ask for a minimum donation of $300 annually. Some sponsors donate more and some can only reach this amount. What I love about our sponsor pool is that we have such a variety of enthusiasts. We have teachers who share the work of Kirabo Seeds with their students. We have college students who can barely afford it but make the sacrifice to help someone else have a vital opportunity in life. We have retired friends who have time to write and enjoy getting to know the children. There are missionary families in Chile who have been with us from the beginning. Craig and I have numerous family and friends who continue to support the children. We have moms who introduce the sponsored child to their children to help teach compassion and the love of Christ. We have one child, Emma Dunn, who has dedicated her birthday for three years in a row to fundraising for Kirabo Seeds and communicating with her sponsored friend. I personally am so encouraged to see compassion in action by such a varied and far reaching group of people.
Maybe you are interested in sponsoring one of our children and developing a relationship. I think you will be blessed.
Contact me and I will get you connected! firstname.lastname@example.org